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Old 03-19-2007
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Knock in steering column?

Hey guys,

I have been noticing this knock in the steering column when turning the wheel. You can feel it and also hear the knock/click when turning. It doesnt do it everytime you turn but is doing during every drive.

My truck is an 04 Edge Reg Cab, 4x2 with 45 000 km. Any ideas what this could be? Would like to get it solved before my trucks warranty is done.
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turn signal?


Is your power steering fluid full?
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Is it coming from the steering wheel or column inside the truck, or is a noise from the front end coming up through the column? (Ball joints, wheel bearings, suspension issues)
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to me it feels like its coming through the column right under the steering wheel.. I have to take a look at the fluid levels. Im hoping none of the above.. The truck has only been on the road for just over a year..
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My '04 has the same problem. I have been trying to figure it out. Are your t-bars cranked?
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Could be tie rod ends too
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i mentioned this a while ago and no body looked at my thread :( tho redneckstone said i worry too much....

from what i can tell, its IN the column.
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well im not sure.. i forgot to check the power steering fluid this morning because i was in a rush to get to work.. The noise was definately there though and I hear it when i turn left. I am going to drop off the truck at ford for a day and have everything looked at, I am experiencing a few other problems too..

Well FMD im not sure if you worry to much. My dad bought a Dodge Ram this summer and it had a click in the wheel. It started to annoy him so he brought it in to have it looked at. $1200 bucks in front end repair it needed. (truck was used with 100 000 km) Im not saying our trucks have the same problem but I would definately like to have it looked at during my warranty period. I cant remember the name of the parts that were causing this click either..
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mine clicks when the turn signal is on and your turning the wheel.
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mine clicks when the turn signal is on and your turning the wheel.

yes i believe thats normal as it is cancelling the signal.
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My truck has the same problem. its not a click or a continuos knock but only sometimes. It started to tick me off one day and if you grab the wheel at the top and bottom or right and left there is alittle play where the wheel is mounted.
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hmm i see... well same here.. it does not do it everytime i turn but when it does it is noticeable.. ill have ford take a look aniwaze when i get my next oil change..
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I found this, don't know if it helps much.




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Make : FORD Model : RANGER Year : 2004
Manufacturer : FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Service Bulletin Num : 17254 Date of Bulletin: OCT 01, 2003
NHTSA Item Number: 10004908
Component: STEERING
Summary:
CLICKING/POPPING NOISE FROM UPPER STEERING COLUMN AREA WHEN TURNING. 2004 E SERIES AND EXPLORER SPORT TRAC ALSO INCLUDED. *TT
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There is a bolt that holds the two pieces of the steering column together under the hood right after it comes through the firewall. Make sure that bolt is TIGHT! I had this popping/clicking noise happen to me right after I did my body lift. Thought about it for a little while and figured it had to be the steering extension. It felt tight already but I got a breaker bar and tightened it as much as I could and I haven't heard the noise again since. Don't know if thats it, but its worth a shot.
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hey man thanks very much... im going to go take a look at that once it stops snowing... if i cant figure it out i will be taking my truck to ford within the next few weeks to have them look at it.

Anybody know where that bulletin announcement can be found?
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This is where I found the information, pick your truck, pick your year and take a nice look at all the TSB's.... might be enough to make you cry. The site asks you to pay for a request for information, (I believe), but maybe with the Service Bulletin number you can find more technical info....?

Click here
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if its n the column it could be a bearing in there iis the wheel sloppy or is there play if you try to jerk it around??? im not sure cause ive never done a ford column in a ranger is there a u joint under the dash? check that for play
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mine has that play when u grab the wheel on either side and try to move it.. ill jack that joint by the firewall in the morning
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Having same problem with my 09. I installed body lift, but i checked the joint under hood and its tight. Can't figure out what it is. My wheel has alittle bit of play every now and than and i her a little knocking noise sometimes.
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