Dodge Dakota Problem Report

Dodge Dakota Clunk or popping noise from intermidiate steering shaft

(25 reports)
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.
makes nooise when i turn and also sometimes make the clunk sound when turning in bumps -
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. -
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. -
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 -
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. -
cracking from the front end and when I go over a small bump in the road -
Haven't been able to yet, need money but soon. -
hard to turn steering wheel - clunking sound - had to replace lower and middle steering column -
Truck was very difficult to steer, especially on cold days. Intermediate steering shaft has to be replaced, solved the problem. -
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. -
Dealer found that the right front swaybar wsa broken. replaced swaybar, -
Clunking in the steering wheel -
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