Clunk or Popping Noise From Intermidiate Steering Shaft on Dodge Dakota

A clunk or popping sound heard while turning may mean the intermediate steering shafts need realignment. Replacement of the upper intermediate shaft may be necessary.

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Average mileage: 92,984 (28,000–220,357)
12 model years affected: 1993, 1997, 1998, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
39 people reported this problem
22 people shared problem details
2006 Dodge Dakota81,234
makes nooise when i turn and also sometimes make the clunk sound when turning in bumps
2007 Dodge Dakota110,000
Steering fetches frequently, and fetches. With the use of some PB Blaster on the steering column ujoints it cuts the issue down, thus telling me that that is the issue. I have not yet replaced the column but have already ordered a replacement. This should really be a recall issue as it is a definite design flaw with an underbuilt steering joint that can not handle the load and stress of the truck.
2006 Dodge Dakota91,000
Why is it that the dealerships or mech. shops cant tell me my intermediate steering shaft may be bad. I had the rack and pinion replaced and other services on the front end. The popping and clunk noise when you turn either way is a nuisance. Is it dangerous ? Is there a way to contact the Dodge Headquarters and ask them what's going on ? Was this a recall problem ? Will Dodge assist in paying for diagnosis and repair ? This is ridiculous that you have to constantly take it to different shops and nobody tell you what's wrong. Robert Allen robertw.allenjr@yahoo.com
2005 Dodge Dakota140,000
I have a loose steering wheel and a clicking sound when I turn the wheel. The dealer said that I need a new clock spring and a steering column replacement. I also have a leaky transfer case. After having paid off the Dodge Dakota 4x4 p/u, I'm having one major repair diagnosis after another. Over $2K was my quote. Is any of this under recall for the 2005 year?
2003 Dodge Dakota89,000
I have the popping sound when turning and seems to be over bumps
2007 Dodge Dakota54,000
dodge Dakota b 2007 4x4 slx--car max fixed? tie rod/pinion steering..No good. 1 really same --poor steering/loose/buummmmpyyy front end???.warranty went out--they did no more==said I paid 600.00 for srings/? same issue..why: Struck front was fine?..friend replaced "stabilizer rods"ft was broken..why nobody saw this at car max?...worked great for 3 weeks....saw problem on youtube...upper and lower ball joints (part of control arms) ..now I have work/money,,,should have been fixed by car max $1200.. extendend fart
2007 Dodge Dakota78,000
Noise when steering screech and also the clunk on steering bumps! Dealer wants me to buy a steering column for $2000. This should be a recall with all the reports I have seen!
2006 Dodge Dakota64,000
Excessive play in steering. The dealership tightened up steering and made a noise when turning.
2004 Dodge Dakota108,000
Binding noise when steering wheel was turned. Replaced intermediate steering shaft.
GET IT FIXED!! you will lose all steering and you will crash!!!! I had to have mine replaced. An auto technician noticed the slop in my steering, He showed me the old shaftt after it was replaced, the universal joint was shott.. pretty much two loops flopping around. lol I bought an aftermarket one that is built better. He also noticed bad wheel bearings
2006 Dodge Dakota43,000
Noise when making any type of turns of steering wheel. My mechanics told me problem is in steering shaft that will need to be repaired. Have not yet taken in for repair.
2006 Dodge Dakota151,987
cracking from the front end and when I go over a small bump in the road
1993 Dodge Dakota90,000
Haven't been able to yet, need money but soon.
2002 Dodge Dakota220,357
HAS NOT BEEN REPAIRED, HARD LEFT FRONT KNOCKING AND AUDIBLE RATTLE AS VEH STRIKES BUMPS OR ANY UNEVEN SURFACE OR BUMP.
2003 Dodge Dakota100,000
hard to turn steering wheel - clunking sound - had to replace lower and middle steering column
2008 Dodge Dakota78,000
Truck was very difficult to steer, especially on cold days. Intermediate steering shaft has to be replaced, solved the problem.
2006 Dodge Dakota68,000
Continually have had problems with broken tie rod ends, sway bars, and ball joints. All have been fixed twice. Now can barely steer at all to get it back to mechanic. I'm thinking now something with the drive shaft and/or coupling bolts since they have been known to go on other 2006 Dakota's. The NHTSA says there has never been a reason to do a recall on this. I think they're wrong and would love to know the statics of accidents do to steering in these trucks. No solution as of yet.
2005 Dodge Dakota103,000
I hear a popping noise when turning, I can see where it is coming from. it is where the two shafts come together. dealer says it is the rack, but I don't think it is. have not had it fixed yet, but will update when it is done.
Popping noise when turning and going over speed bumps. Dealer recommends new shocks, bushings, steering column. Not yet repaired.
2006 Dodge Dakota69,000
Dealer found that the right front swaybar wsa broken. replaced swaybar,
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