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Dodge Dakota Clunk or popping noise from intermidiate steering shaft

Dodge Dakota Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 96,681 mi (28,000 mi - 220,357 mi)

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.
  • Visitor, , 81,234 mi

    makes nooise when i turn and also sometimes make the clunk sound when turning in bumps

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  •  Rookie

    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

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  • Visitor, , 43,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 151,987 mi

    cracking from the front end and when I go over a small bump in the road

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    Haven't been able to yet, need money but soon.

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  • Visitor, , 220,357 mi


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  • Visitor, , 110,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    hard to turn steering wheel - clunking sound - had to replace lower and middle steering column

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  • Visitor, , 78,000 mi

    Truck was very difficult to steer, especially on cold days. Intermediate steering shaft has to be replaced, solved the problem.

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  • Visitor, , 68,000 mi

    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.

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