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1998 dodge ram 1500 2wd front end clunk when turning the steering wheel

Whenever I turn my steering wheel I can hear a clunking noise. So me and my buddy greased most of the steering parts. It quieted down for a little bit but then it came back. We also checked the ball joints too. They were a little shaky but not to the point of replacement. Could it be the steering box?

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Listen to what side Probably cv joint

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  • alero1 Apr 02, 2014

    Ps it's the bendy boot looking thing that's attached to both front hub assembly's (wheels)

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