98 civic steering u-joint is making noise

Discussion in 'Civic' started by loewent via CarKB.com, Sep 30, 2006.

  1. Hi there,

    98 civic lx 4 door 260000kms. When the car is not running (key in the
    ignition to prevent steering wheel from locking) and I move the steering
    wheel, I hear a clunk. Thought automatically that it was a tie rod end,
    checked them and they were fine. Next checked the inner tie rod ends by
    popping the outers out of the socket and pulling and pushing on them. They
    are both tight too.

    Took the mechanics stethoscope to the rack, no noise coming from it either.

    Chased the noise up the steering column, and whadoyaknow, the u-joint at the
    bottom of the column is moving ever so slightly.

    Question is, how hard of a job is this? Is it worth doing? What damage am I
    causing by not doing it?

    Also, how many hours to do in a shop?

    Any input is appreciated! Thanks
    Terry in Winnipeg
    loewent via CarKB.com, Sep 30, 2006
  2. anybody done this job?
    loewent via CarKB.com, Oct 1, 2006
  3. loewent via CarKB.com

    jim beam Guest

    there's a spec in the manual about what's an acceptable degree of play -
    something like an inch at the steering wheel. if it exceeds that, go
    ahead and replace it. it's a bit fiddly since it's down in the foot
    well, but it's pretty straightforward. best thing is to buy the shop
    manual from helm.com - it will walk you through it no problems.
    jim beam, Oct 1, 2006
  4. i don't think its the same part your talking about.


    I'm talking about part #4 in the diagram from SL Honda (link above).

    Its in the engine bay hooked up to the steering gearbox. I assume that I
    will have to drop the rack to access this properly. Just was hoping someone
    else had experience and could impart some of it....


    loewent via CarKB.com, Oct 2, 2006
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