Clunk or Popping Noise From Intermidiate Steering Shaft on Dodge Dakota

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 111,474 (28,000–220,357)
15 model years affected: 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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makes nooise when i turn and also sometimes make the clunk sound when turning in bumps
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?
Hard clank sound. Looking for answere
Clunk or pop of steering shaft rod one accelerating from a stop
I have the popping sound when turning and seems to be over bumps
cracking from the front end and when I go over a small bump in the road
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.
Clunking in the steering wheel
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!
Excessive play in steering. The dealership tightened up steering and made a noise when turning.
Steering wheel clunks when turned left or right turned only about a quarter of a turn sounds the noise is up top where hazard button is
Binding noise when steering wheel was turned. Replaced intermediate steering shaft.
braking turning and rolling over bumps I get a clunk/pop in the steering wheel
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
Same as the discription. Clunking and popping while steering. Or even going over any sort of bumb or dip in the road.
Steering shaft & universals are shot
Clunking in the steering column on a 2003 dodge durango
Truck steers in increments rather than smoothly. Lots of play in the steering wheel, can be moved up and down. Also replaced tie rod and ball joints. Front end of this truck seems to always be an issue.
Intermediate steering shaft needs replacing. Clunking and popping plus alot of play on steering wheel
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) I have work/money,,,should have been fixed by car max $1200.. extendend fart