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Old 12-06-2015, 10:15 AM   #1
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Steering noise

2003 Alpine Coach I am getting a cluck noise at certain points when I Truro steering wheel. Any ideas what that is about. Started all of a sudden.

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Old 12-06-2015, 10:19 AM   #2
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Best advice is to have someone turn the steering wheel while someone else check things under the coach. Could be a lot of things, from steering box mount (not real likely a problem on an 03 unless you have a very late 03), a bad drag link or tie rod end, king pin issue (usually caused by lack of lubrication) or just excessive play in the wheel bearings.

And, if this happens while moving, add sway bar bushings, particularly end link bushings to the list.

No point in our speculation-- need to determine what it is and address it.

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Old 12-06-2015, 10:23 AM   #3
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Does Alpine use any u-joints in their steering shaft from the steering wheel?
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Old 12-06-2015, 03:03 PM   #4
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Does Alpine use any u-joints in their steering shaft from the steering wheel?
Yes-- one accessible from below and one by removing the lower cover to the steering column. Grease once in awhile. Neither are in a harsh environment, but still need to be occasionally greased.

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Old 12-09-2015, 10:45 PM   #5
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When I replaced the tie rod ends on the drag link I made one error that took a while to locate. The bolt I installed in the wrong direction. I installed the bolt with threads pointing up. Every once in awhile the bolt would hit the arm for generator exhaust hanger. I could not find it until the bolt bent the arm for the exhaust bracket. What I found was the drag link would twist up and down on the tie rod ends during the movement of the steering wheel. The amount of movement would also depend the load that was being exerted during the turn. That is one reason it would only make noise once in a while.

When I would crawl under the coach to check for the noise I would extend the generator slide to give me more room under the coach. So when the generator slide was out it also moved the exhaust bracket out of the way of the tie rod end.

Once found the problem I turned the bolt around and straighten the bracket no problems since. Hope this helps you find your problem. :thumbup:

There is a small u joint on the steering column shaft.
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