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post #1 of 9 Old 05-31-2007, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Grinding/Clunking Noise When Turning Steering Wheel

About a few days ago, I started noticing that when I turned my wheel in either direction, it would make a grinding/clunking noise.
I have never had this happen before and to happen all of a sudden is getting me worried.
I had checked the steering wheel fluid about a month ago and it seemed fine. I haven't checked it recently but could there be a another issue ... hopefully nothing too serious or Expensive.
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Its probably the intermediate shaft getting a little dry. My wife's 05 Camry did the same thing. I just sprayed some Marvel Mystery Oil down the shaft to shut it up.

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The 96 Accord would grind sometimes when I cut the wheel sharply to the left or right. The noise could best be described as a loud metal on metal rattling/clanking from the front end that would only last for about a second or so as I turned the wheel.

I first noticed it shortly after I bought the car with 45,000 miles. The Honda service dept. and local shops couldn't find anything wrong. I drove an additional 122,000 miles without it causing any further problems.

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Yea, the intermediate shafts can be quite tricky sometimes. If your not familiar w/ them, its got a splined shaft on the inside with a hardened tube that goes over it. The shaft moves in and out of the tube which is suppose to be filled with grease. Over time, the moving in and out of the splined shaft can release some of the grease and thats when you start to hear the clunking. Some need to be lubed and some don't.

Like both of you have stated, you only heard or felt it when turning. Thats b/c its low on grease and bottoming out.

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Alright I'll get some Marvel Mystery Oil or something equivalent from a car shop this weekend and spray it down the intermediate shaft. So hopefully this will resolve the issue.

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You should be able to spray it from the inside. My wife's Camry had a little rubber boot (cover) that I took off to see the top of the shaft. It will probably be tight but you'll get it. I can take some pics of mine and post them to give you an idea if you'd like.

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Yea, the intermediate shafts can be quite tricky sometimes. If your not familiar w/ them, its got a splined shaft on the inside with a hardened tube that goes over it. The shaft moves in and out of the tube which is suppose to be filled with grease. Over time, the moving in and out of the splined shaft can release some of the grease and thats when you start to hear the clunking. Some need to be lubed and some don't.

Like both of you have stated, you only heard or felt it when turning. Thats b/c its low on grease and bottoming out.
Is this the column ? I mean is that where you would spray the marvel mystery oil?

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You should be able to spray it from the inside. My wife's Camry had a little rubber boot (cover) that I took off to see the top of the shaft. It will probably be tight but you'll get it. I can take some pics of mine and post them to give you an idea if you'd like.
I'm not much of a mechanic so I'd like to see some pics of where one would spray the oil if you (or anyone else) would be kind enough to post them.

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Can you display the picture of the inside where you would spray the marvel mystery oil?

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