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Old 05-04-2004, 09:42 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Quote: Originally Posted by funks
mine's an '04 and have the clunk at times problem.

Mine started at 15k miles, how about you?
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The first night wasnt to bad. He had on all his clothes during back rub. It was the next day when he came out in a thong already oiled up that I had to call in Tim's help. He knows how to "handle" Dale.

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I have the clunk too, I haven't been able to take it to the dealership, dont really want to at this current time(car is still to new).

My temperary fix to the problem is simple, I just lowered the steering column untill it stopped clunking. Been working fine for the past 10,000

Untill I raised 4 days ago, clunk came back, so I lowered it again, gone again, he he.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Gotallofthem
I have the clunk too, I haven't been able to take it to the dealership, dont really want to at this current time(car is still to new).

My temperary fix to the problem is simple, I just lowered the steering column untill it stopped clunking. Been working fine for the past 10,000

Untill I raised 4 days ago, clunk came back, so I lowered it again, gone again, he he.

I didnt even think to try that.... Good idea for a temp fix to the annoyance.
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The first night wasnt to bad. He had on all his clothes during back rub. It was the next day when he came out in a thong already oiled up that I had to call in Tim's help. He knows how to "handle" Dale.

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Old 05-19-2004, 11:48 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I have the same clunk on my '04. I took it to the dealership and they said they couldn't reproduce the noise. That was after they had it for 3 hours. So FINE! I scheduled another appt with the Service Manager and he couldn't replicate the noise. So I said, let me drive & sure enough NOISE, NOISE NOISE. So now he tells me that he needs to have a "real" Dodge tech look at it. I swear, these service departments have no idea what the SRT-4 is.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Gotallofthem
I have the clunk too, I haven't been able to take it to the dealership, dont really want to at this current time(car is still to new).

My temperary fix to the problem is simple, I just lowered the steering column untill it stopped clunking. Been working fine for the past 10,000

Untill I raised 4 days ago, clunk came back, so I lowered it again, gone again, he he.

I lowered mine then raised it a few times and the clunking went away for a while... not sure what I'm suspecting... my dad's Durango had a wiring harness that was hitting the column joints when they spun. Not good!
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Old 05-19-2004, 01:32 PM   #36 (permalink)
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NUMBER: 19-002-04
GROUP: Steering
DATE: April 6, 2004
SUBJECT:
Steering Column Click Sound
OVERVIEW:
This bulletin involves **aligning the steering column or removing the steering column and
installing a new steering column shaft, revised wedge and seating the lower bearing.**
MODELS:
**2000 - 2004** (PL) Neon
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built prior to November 16, 2003 (MDH 1116XX).
SYMPTOM/CONDITION:
A click sound is heard when the steering wheel is turned.


maybe this tsb will help out..

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Old 05-19-2004, 02:15 PM   #37 (permalink)
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mine was built in march 03 and i have it.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Bungles
I have the same clunk on my '04. I took it to the dealership and they said they couldn't reproduce the noise. That was after they had it for 3 hours. So FINE! I scheduled another appt with the Service Manager and he couldn't replicate the noise. So I said, let me drive & sure enough NOISE, NOISE NOISE. So now he tells me that he needs to have a "real" Dodge tech look at it. I swear, these service departments have no idea what the SRT-4 is.

This is the reason I did not want to take mine into the dealershipp..... But I found a easy way to reproduce the issue... Slightly push the wheel in a back and forth motion while turning it slightly at the same time... You can hear the clunk just by doing this. If you have them do this they should be able to easily produce the sound.
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I have the same thing. I thought I maight be the only one. I hate creeks and clunks. Did any of you have the car pull either right or left with the problem?
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My wifes 2003 Neon SXT does it and my Neon SRT-4 does it about once every other drive.

Going to the dealer is very stressful and will be the last option and the clunk right now is very seldom. My neon srt4 has 12500 miles on it.
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I did not want to bring back a really old thread, but I have not found a really useful answer after a week of reading. I'm also not sure that I have the same problem as the others in this thread, but it may be similar.

I have a 2005 with tilt steering. There is an intermittent clunk when I drive over rough surfaces, such as patches and crack seal. It can be felt through the steering wheel, but is not really audible. I also feel it at startup (I have mm and transmission inserts).

I am able to shake the steering wheel up and down a little over 1/8" with the tilt adjustment locked. There is almost no side to side play, and it happens even when the wheel is turned. There is some relief from this when the wheel is all the way down.

I took all the covers off of the column and steering wheel, but was not able to find any loose bolts. Is there some sort of bearing that can be adjusted or replaced? I was not able to see what is going on where the wheel joins the column.

I would prefer not to take this to a dealer, and am hoping that someone here can guide me through a fix.
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When I went from an 03 to an 05 I noticed the same thing. No idea how to fix it.
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I also have this problem, there is play in and out.
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There's a few different things that could cause it

first read the FSM if you've had the column out at all, there is a centering procedure that has to be done before you tighten anything or it will bind under certain conditions.

second if you bought the column used, or it's been in accident, or someone didn't know how to take the steering wheel off and pulled on it or took a hammer to the center bolt then they damaged the column and it has to be replaced.

All modern cars have collapsible steering columns for safety reasons in accidents, if you impact them at all you can start to collapse them and they have to be replaced, no way around it. I had to replace mine when I first got the car because the previous owner had hit the center bolt with a hammer to take the wheel off.
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Sitting in the seat, if I grab at the 9'oclock and 3'oclock positions, and pull towards the wheel towards myself, I get a "clunk".

It happens when driving, but it's slim usually. Mostly when getting out of the car, I use the wheel to get out. I'm a smaller guy though (160lbs), so I don't think it's much attributed to weight.

It was like that when I bought it with 24k miles.
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