2006 Jaguar X-Type 3.0l AWD sedan. When turnign steering wheel at rest, the steering wheel shudders and clunks.

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Customer: 2006 Jaguar X-Type 3.0l AWD sedan. When turnign steering wheel at rest, the steering wheel shudders and clunks. Sometimes at speed but definitely at rest. Is this indicative of a steering linkage issue?
Answered by Matt in 6 mins 12 years ago
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Obviously something isn't right

Check for the following 1st;

Worn suspension joints - jack the car up so the wheel is off the ground and shake the tyre from top to bottom and from side to side (with someone holding the steering wheel on the front) there should be no play in either direction. Any play in 1 direction will usually require a joint to be replaced, if there’s play in both directions then the wheel bearing may be at fault. If theres play only up and down its the strut top mount - to find this one you have to shake the suspension strut it self up and down with the wheel off the ground - so you may need to remove the wheel to check this one.

Now with the car jacked up on that side with the wheel about 2 inches off the ground use a steel bar under the wheel and lever the wheel up and down slightly, you should be able to look at the end of the axle and see if the suspension arm is moving up and down separately to the axle.If so replace the bush

Worn mountings - check the tightness of the engine and gearbox mounts and their condition - this is best done by using a jack to take the weight of the engine off the mounts and seeing if any cracks or splits open up in the rubber




I recently (2weeks ago) had the shocks and struts replaced all around. Also had the rear bushings replaced. They couldn't replace the front sway bar bushings because the bolts on the carriage are rusted solid. I was informed they would have to have a body shop drill them out to get the carriage down form the engine. They said the bushings were fine and should not be replaced at this time. The service department told me all of the suspension components are solid. The car has 70K on it and was Certified Select Edition at 47K. I originally thought it could be the "knuckle?" joints for the AWD? in the front. as the tire turns against the friction of the pavement, the steering wheel shudders.


It could well be the knuckle or balljoints - which you should find by doing the wheel shake test - ideally use a trolley jack or similar to support the force of the spring so the lower wisbone / A arm is free to move
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