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Steering Clicking Noise Heard When Turning Steering Wheel

September 12th, 2010 · No Comments

This TSB article is being republished in its entirety to revise the procedure and parts needed.
ISSUE A “clicking” noise may be heard when turning the steering wheel. This condition may be caused by minor surface variations in the original stamped non-silver plated upper column bearings.
ACTION Install an Upper Steering Column Bearing Kit if noise occurs during Diagnosis procedure. Refer to the following Service Procedure for installation details.
DIAGNOSIS Before replacing the bearings, the following checks should be made:
1. Hold the steering wheel in the 3 and 9 o’clock positions and rock the wheel (without rotating it) about its center, checking for the clicking noise.
2. Repeat while holding the wheel in the 12 and 6 o’clock positions.
If the noise does not occur with the above checks, the noise is due to another component such as the clockspring and this TSB article does not apply. If the noise does occur, install the Upper Steering Column Bearing Kit (F6AZ-3605-AA) which includes silver plated upper steering column bearings. Refer to Instruction Sheet 7162 provided in the Upper
Steering Column Bearing Kit for replacement procedure.
The Upper Steering Column Bearing Kit (F6AZ-3605-AA) contains one (1) each of the following items:
• Steel Tolerance Ring
• Steel Sleeve (Stamped)
• Bearing Pre-Load Spring
• Upper Bearing Snap Ring
• Steering Wheel Attaching Bolt
• Small Upper Bearing (Silver Plated)
• Large Upper Bearing (Silver Plated)
• Instruction Sheet (I.S. 7162)


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