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Old 05-07-2021, 06:29 PM   #1
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Steering box noise

I have a 2017 Freightliner XC chassis with ISL 380 engine. The coach had sat for several years and only has 9600 miles on it when I bought it. After a few miles of driving (warm up time) there is a very loud noise coming from the front end. It seems to be coming from the steering box or somewhere in the front suspension. There is generally no noise when driving straight - maybe a little whine. However, any turn of the steering wheel creates this very loud noise. Once warmed up - the coach does NOT have to be in motion to generate this noise. You can be sitting at idle and generate the same noise just by turning the wheel. It sounds exactly like older cars did when the power steering fluid was low. I have checked - reservoir is full and there is no evidence of any leakage. Left or right turn makes no difference.

I took it to the local Freightliner dealer for inspection. After a test drive, they said everything was normal and this was just an issue with 2017 and other years. I have a real hard time believing that. We had the exact same chassis and engine in another 2017 RV and never had any issues like this. A VIN check did not show up any recalls on this coach/chassis.

Greatly appreciate any insight or advice that other members may have. Thanks.
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Mines done that from day 1. It is OK.
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wonder what the bone-head at Freightliner was thinking if he thought this was a good design idea.
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I have done some more research - a FCCC spokesman told my local Freightliner dealer that he gets 2 or 3 calls per day about the steering noise. My steering gear box had 1 1/2 inch play in it and steering wheel was canted. Alignment and toe-in were perfect. Coach never been in a wreck or damaged. Ended up having to replace steering fluid pump also because it was not producing enough fluid pressure to safely operate the Steering gear box. Would love to hear how many others this affects.
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I have done some more research - a FCCC spokesman told my local Freightliner dealer that he gets 2 or 3 calls per day about the steering noise. My steering gear box had 1 1/2 inch play in it and steering wheel was canted. Alignment and toe-in were perfect. Coach never been in a wreck or damaged. Ended up having to replace steering fluid pump also because it was not producing enough fluid pressure to safely operate the Steering gear box. Would love to hear how many others this affects.

You need to tell us WHAT STEERING BOX YOU HAVE.


Without that we can't really give you sage advice.
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Steering box # is TRW THP60015
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Steering slop

I had a Fleetwood XC chassis that had a lot of slop in the steering found it to be the bell crank. I was told to buy a super steer bell crank that has ball bearings to smooth things up. I did buy the new bell crank but sold the rv before the install. So if you decide this could be the issue contact me.
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