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Clunkly Dodge

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by nsmilligan, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. nsmilligan

    nsmilligan PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 704

    My 98 2500 had developed a loud clunk in the steering area when hitting bumps and braking, after reading some TSB's re replacing the steering shaft, I removed mine, and it was quite sloppy so I took a BFH and a center punch and center punched the outer shaft about a 1/2 in from the end on all 4 sides. End of noise, I'm not sure how long this "fix" will work, but at only about 5 min to remove the shaft, it's sure cheaper then a new one!

    Bill
     
  2. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    It will come back,as the areas you punched wear quickly.

    Another quick and easy fix is to use a few zip ties,slid down between the two shafts.It last's longer.
     
  3. nsmilligan

    nsmilligan PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 704

    Thanks Wyldman,
    I didn't figure it to be a long term fix, but it so easy to remove the shaft, next time I'll try the ties, the nylon should last longer.

    Bill
     
  4. szorno

    szorno Senior Member
    Messages: 308

    An outfit called Borgeson make replacement steering shafts with aircraft quality universal joints. I have them on all my older Dodges. Very stable and long lasting. (My 97 is ok for now) They run about $200 in round numbers. Do a Yahoo search and it should come up easily.:waving:
     
  5. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Flaming river also has the shafts,and much better support and customer service.A lot of the guys who go the Borgeson shafts were unhappy with the after sales service and support.`