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Nissan Pickup (1996) Steering Column Clanking Noise

I have a 1996 Nissan Pickup that has been making a clanking noise (that’s progressively gotten worse over time) in the steering column every time I go over a bump in the road. The sound is coming from the area between the steering wheel and the dashboard. It sounds like metal hitting metal. The steering seems to be functioning normally, other than the annoying noise. Any ideas about what’s causing this?

I had a 2004 Chevy Silverado with a similar problem. Turns out it was the joint connecting the upper steering column to the lower column going into the steering box, if that makes sense. The dealer put some sort of lubricant on the joint and the “clunking” went away.

That may or may not be your problem here, but just my suggestion. Good luck.


I’ll bet lunch that it’s coming from the sway bar bushing.

Truth is, the best way to fin dthis is to drive the vehicle safely up onto ramps with the engine OFF, parking brake ON, tranny in R, and chocks on the rear wheels, then slide underneath with some leather glovs in and start shaking things.

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