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intermittent steering 'clunk'

Lately my Jeep has started to make an intermittent 'clunk' noise at low speed when the steering is wound towards lock in either direction. The noise appears on either end of the steering travel, usually happening when reversing over a kerb or other uneven surface.

Just wondering if anyone here might have an idea of the cause. Think I will have to book it in at the dealer, but am a bit worried about them slapping me with a huge bill for the privilege of just looking at it. If the cause turns out to be the OME lift I had installed, then I guess replacing parts under warranty goes out the window..

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Re: intermittent steering 'clunk'

i have the ome suspension. my son has the quadralift. the quadralift raises much higher than mine. the quadrlift goes lower than mine.
obviously the ome is within the geometry capacity of the suspension.
it would be a bit rough of they blamed the ome.
but if they blame ome i think it would be fair to expect arb to come to the party. i'll be interested in how younget on. good luck
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:00 AM
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i have the ome suspension. my son has the quadralift. the quadralift raises much higher than mine. the quadrlift goes lower than mine.
obviously the ome is within the geometry capacity of the suspension.
it would be a bit rough of they blamed the ome.
but if they blame ome i think it would be fair to expect arb to come to the party. i'll be interested in how younget on. good luck
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Yeah so far ARB have been good enough to fix everything they've broken, cannot fault them in that respect.


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Re: intermittent steering 'clunk'

LOL. Why did ARB break stuff in the first place?
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LOL. Why did ARB break stuff in the first place?

Why, you ask? Probably lack of skills/experience/care factor, but I can't say with any certainty. All I know is I started getting the lift installed in early June, and the car has been back to them 10 times since. They have always made right the issues that have arisen during that time. In hindsight I wish I'd just gone to a proper suspension shop in the first instance.


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Re: intermittent steering 'clunk'

I'm told it's quite common for suspension components to need a retorque after install and they have settled in, i'd visit your installer in the first instance?
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Re: intermittent steering 'clunk'

Thanks Doc, I had that done last week, they insist the noise isn't suspension related and reckoned it was steering. They also added 'we're not mechanics'...


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Re: intermittent steering 'clunk'

After some more troubleshooting I've found the issue appears to be coming only from the passenger side.
Also the steering makes a squeaking noise when steering at low speed that is only noticeable from outside the car.
Anyway it's booked in at the dealer on Wed, I'm not looking forward to it...


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Re: intermittent steering 'clunk'

Good luck, please post up the resolution once found.
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Re: intermittent steering 'clunk'

The Jeep dealership took a look today. They reckon the noise is the steering rack moving on its mounts due to the tierod ends being at too steep an angle, hitting the stops. Caused by the suspension lift. I'm not sure I believe that, as the noise happens when the steering is sometimes a long way from lock, but I know nothing. Bounced back to ARB, who had no idea and say they will talk to OME in Melbourne now...
Guess I should just be happy Jeep didn't charge me anything for that diagnosis. 😁


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The Jeep dealership took a look today. They reckon the noise is the steering rack moving on its mounts due to the tierod ends being at too steep an angle, hitting the stops. Caused by the suspension lift. I'm not sure I believe that, as the noise happens when the steering is sometimes a long way from lock, but I know nothing. Bounced back to ARB, who had no idea and say they will talk to OME in Melbourne now...
Guess I should just be happy Jeep didn't charge me anything for that diagnosis. 😁


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i am sceptical of that diagnosis because of what i said before. if you are a member the rac has a free mechanical inspection for a single symptom.
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Re: intermittent steering 'clunk'

Thanks for that info. I did raise that point with the service guy, and he said there is a different steering rack for the QL vehicles. I'm yet to check out whether this is just BS..


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