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I recently replaced the tie rod ends and lower control arms in the front. I still have a light clunk when off road and hitting uneven surface. Is there a u joint in the steering shaft or weakness in the rack that could be the issue? 137k on the chassis.
Upper control arms have not been changed and could be worn. Maybe even bearings, but no obvious bearing noises.
Kinda hard to track down by myself, arms aren’t long enough!
I did a search, but only noted a few non tie rod/LCA issues....
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....I'd check the anti-swaybar bushings.
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Any slop in the steering wheel when coming off center in either direction?
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No real slop, at least not a bunch. Sway bar bushings were changed at the same time as the LCAs. Forgot about them. I even checked the top nuts on the air shock mounts.
It reminds me of the intermediate steering shaft clunk from my Chevy Avalanche, seems like it’s between the steering wheel and the rack to me, but don’t know if there’s a joint in the middle. I couldn’t isolate it coming from one side or the other.
I guess I need to jack it up and start shaking stuff! I’m thinking upper ball joints might be shot, don’t really hear about people changing those however.
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The steering shaft can wear out and is a common replacement. It is usually characterized by a bit of slop coming off center.
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Can’t say that I’ve had any wandering (maybe I’ve adjusted to it over time) nor does it show the hard to turn point that many complain of.

I was able (barely) to get my arm in and wiggle the lower steering shaft. Seemed like the bolts were where they should be, but definitely some movement in the connector or joint. Genuine Land Rover Part on order....$250.....
If you’ve changed one and have any tips, it would be appreciated.

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"slop" is one word for it....I'd describe it as a "dead spot" as you turn the wheel, a few degrees off center in either direction.
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That would probably be a better term Houm_Wa, my 06 is in need of the replacement and the 07 has just started to do it.
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