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Sometimes when turning my steering wheel, I heard this clunking sound like there is a loose piece of metal shifting around.

It only makes a single noise, no scraping or continuing knocking around. Just a thud like clunk and then nothing again for awhile. No set pattern as to when it does it. It is almost like the metal plate that holds the steering wheel in place is broken, because you can feel the clunk when it happens. What should I check?

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  • Dawn Hiser May 12, 2017

    No it is a 2006 Ford Escape XLT

  • Bogdan Odwazny
    Bogdan Odwazny May 13, 2017

    swaybar could be loose or worn rubber bushing check wheels for movement balljoint and bearings, I ask for Rav4 has the problem with the shaft.

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If it is worse when the wheel is turned all the way i would check the CV JOINTS. Could also be wheel or hub bearings.

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What is it Rav4?

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