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

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.

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Average mileage: 92,740 (54,500–170,000)
6 model years affected: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, more2010, 2011
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When making a sharp turn my steering wheel made this popping noise..it pop once..the steering was fine but I am worried that it my be a serious issue
2009 Mercury Mariner 83,000 mi,
Its been making a loud knock from what seems to b the middle of the steering wheel, i cant feel it in my feet (or feel like its comming from outside the vehicle) just in my hands (the steering wheel) and it only seems to happen when i make hard right or left turns.
Knocking and popping and even some creeking when I turn the wheel. Doesn't happen all the time, just started happening a week ago. Had my car for three months now. Had someone look at it today, they suggested the steering knuckle. Ive been told it could be the rack and pinion. Yikes !!!!! to be continued....
each time I turn there is a pop noise, even if I turn right or left.
2008 Mercury Mariner 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.
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!
2005 Mercury Mariner 121,439 mi,
Knocking sound when I am turning the steering wheel.
2008 Mercury Mariner 76,000 mi,
Replace drive shaft. Also , while ignition switch& cylinder worn out& finally unable to start car...cost $485 for ignition switch etc.Replacement alone, does include tow cost...but, still seems very costly. Drive shaft will be another $285. !!!! So frustrated with this car!
2008 Mercury Mariner 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.
Steering noise and thumping when turning steering wheel.
2008 Mercury Mariner 54,500 mi,
Haven't fixed this problem yet. Just started yesterday. Just purchased this car 5 weeks ago used.
2008 Mercury Mariner 92,000 mi,
Clicking sound when turning steering wheel cannot feel it just here it
Service tried everything still does it
2005 Mercury Mariner 95,000 mi,
Single knock when making sharp turns.
2008 Mercury Mariner 76,690 mi,
Knocking in steering
i fo problem and repaired it found the that ii repaired it for only 185.00 there is a hole in the firewall that made it very easy it only took 1.5 hours i am asc macanic they really took the people on job they shoud revoke that bills
2005 Mercury Mariner 87,000 mi,
DEALER SAID STEERING SHAFT BEARING IS BAD---- REPLACE SHAFT--- $1,000
2008 Mercury Mariner 89,000 mi,
just pops and shakes
2008 Mercury Mariner 58,000 mi,
Replace steering shaft and u joint. Known issue with Ford as they have newer part numbers that supersede the old ones.
2008 Mercury Mariner 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.