Clunking Noise

Clunking Noise

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tricky2

Original Poster:

65 posts

244 months

Thursday 1st February 2001
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Has anyone experienced a kind of clunking noise from their Chim when turning the wheel about a quater of a turn to the right? I left mine with my brother whilst i was in Oz and when i returned it clunks and sort of drops?

nubbin

21 posts

244 months

Thursday 1st February 2001
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Yep - it's the knuckle joints on the steering rack i.e. the small universal joints - they get a bit of wear and start clunking. My 1999 Chimaera had the same problem, and was going to be repaired under warranty, but since the mechanic looked at it, it hasn't done it any more. It is simple and not too expensive to rectify.

fourwheeldrift

82,084 posts

249 months

Thursday 1st February 2001
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Have you checked the mileometer for any "extra miles" since you last drove it???? Might explain it.

tricky2

Original Poster:

65 posts

244 months

Thursday 1st February 2001
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Many Thanks Nubbin. Is it safe to still drive for a while? Its due for a service so i can get them to sort it when it goes in next week?

tricky2

Original Poster:

65 posts

244 months

Thursday 1st February 2001
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Good one 4WD! I have tortured him suitabley and still claims he knows nothing!! Might try again though just for shear badness!!!

GreenV8S

28,771 posts

249 months

Thursday 1st February 2001
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As long as the steering doesn't actually seize up it's safe to drive - it's not about to fall off or anything. I found that penetrating oil (not WD40) helped a lot but was only a temporary fix. The replacement UJ isn't expensive and its easy to fit. It's well worth fitting a boot around the upper UJ after you're replaced it, to keep the muck out and protect it from exhaust heat. You can do this for the lower one too, but the upper UJ is the one that really needs it. Peter Humphries (and a green V8S)
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Many Thanks Nubbin. Is it safe to still drive for a while? Its due for a service so i can get them to sort it when it goes in next week?

chuckles

21 posts

244 months

Friday 2nd February 2001
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Many Thanks Nubbin. Is it safe to still drive for a while? Its due for a service so i can get them to sort it when it goes in next week?
Yes. I'm still driving mine with no repair - I've done 6000 miles since it first clunked, and I'm still here! ( PS I've changed my login name - this is Nubbin speaking!) Edited by chuckles on Friday 2nd February 10:15 Edited by chuckles on Friday 2nd February 10:17
Tuesday 20th February 2001
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Cheers Fellas, Ive just arranged a service with Henley so hopefully it will be fixed. Only thing is im now 2000 miles over service so i hope the warrenty poeple are in a good mood!!

dysynni

3 posts

247 months

Tuesday 20th February 2001
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Bad news I'm afraid. 2K over the limit far exceeds the terms of the warranty. I would be amazed if you have any luck - let us know! Anthony