Hi guys, need some help trying to figure out a problem. Possibly steering stem, before steering box?
My truck has 18,000 easy miles on it (no offroading). In the last 1'000 miles I noticed when driving on bumpy streets or manholes I could hear a loose nocking sound near the left front, wouldn't really call it a rattle but it seems more like metal in contact with a solid plastic or rubber... Or maybe metal on aluminum. If the bumps are one after the other this sound is fast to react with a clunk, clank, knock, knock, its usually a one for one click per bump... or whatever best describes the contact noise
Last Friday I brought my 2011 in a for it's 5,000 mile service. I asked the dealer to check it out, "all done sir, our tech couldn't duplicate noise". I asked for different more experienced guy (not oil chage kid) to go for a ride with me. So they accomadated me forthe drive along, we never left the parking lot and drove around between all the parked vehicles to their dealerships only bump location (one small pothole) , the good news is that even the one pothole reproduceed it. He said it was the suspension so would bring it back into the shop? I could see they were falling behind on their service schedule or everything was hurry hurry.
I was sent back to the waiting room, five minutes later service person says "all done". I asked what he did, he said that he couldn't see anything loose but tightened all the suspension bolts. He said they would need to make a designated appointment to diagnose the click over a bump.
I dread bringing it back to play this game (warranty or not).
Hmmm, I knew it wasn't a vibration but moreso a one-noise per bump issue. I reached around and found nothing loose. Then I grabbed my steering going into the steering box and there was some play. Also if you moved it then it could simulate a knocking noise.
I searched the forums for this and found nothing common is out there that I could find. Is it normal for the steering stem to be able to move as it goes into the steering gearbox. Don't think it could be wear because the vehicle is one year old with 18k miles on it?
Before I waste another afternoon and get sent to the dreaded waiting room at the dealership, I'd like to have some background if this (steering stem slap) is normal or not.
Makes me wonder, would it do it over bumps even if the wheel is turned but pressure on the steering shaft (into cast steering box)?