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Mercury Mariner Knock/Pop Noise from the Steering Column when Turning

Mercury Mariner Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 91,204 mi (54,500 mi - 170,000 mi)


Looseness in the steering shaft and steering shaft coupling U-joint can cause a knocking / popping noise from the steering column when turning. The steering shaft and coupling U-joint will need to be replaced.

  • Visitor, , 77,000 mi

    popping and vibration during steering maneuvers - local Ford dealer quoted $1,200(labor and parts)to replace worn U-bolts, and perform necessary alignment.

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  •  Rookie

    each time I turn there is a pop noise, even if I turn right or left.

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  • Visitor, , 87,000 mi


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  • Visitor, , 64,000 mi

    knocking / popping noise and loose steering wheel. :( just had it in for the recall 18 days ago.
    Now it will cost 1400$ to repair.

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  •  Rookie

    This has been happening for some time now. I first noticed it last year. There is a knocking noise in the steering column when I turn tight radius was sometimes. I didn't realize this could be dangerous! Now that there is a recall for power steering issues in 2008 - 2012 models it sounds like they should be extending this recall to 2006 models too!

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  • Visitor, , 89,000 mi

    just pops and shakes

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  • When making a sharp turn my steering wheel made this popping pop once..the steering was fine but I am worried that it my be a serious issue

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  • Visitor, , 58,000 mi

    Replace steering shaft and u joint. Known issue with Ford as they have newer part numbers that supersede the old ones.

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  • Visitor, , 54,500 mi

    Haven't fixed this problem yet. Just started yesterday. Just purchased this car 5 weeks ago used.

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  • Visitor, , 88,365 mi

    Found the U-joint bad, took it to the dealer for repair. Ford has to have more Quality and Reliability to their cars. Repairs today are costly in this economy.

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