I have a new noise in my steering system.
The noise is a clunk (more like a clink) that is audible and is felt through the steering wheel.
It is not a major noise, just annoying. I only get it when I am steering against a lot of road friction, such as steering on an asphalt parking lot while the car is moving slowly or is stationary.
Propping the front of the car up with the wheels off the ground, I can re-create the noise if I steer the wheels all the way to one side, giving the wheel a little extra force at the end of travel. That somehow "sets" it up. Then, when I take the wheels all the way to the other end, it will clink at the very end with extra pressure on the steering wheel.
I have narrowed the noise to the steering rack itself. It is a Meyle rack. 171419063. It has been on about a year and a half.
I'll try tightening the pinion torque a smidgen tomorrow to try to solve the problem. I don't notice any play in it. I was wondering if anyone else has had the same experience?
Modified by chickenfriend at 11:58 AM 6-6-2009