Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Steering wheel clicks when turned and rattles over some bumps and bad roads

asked by on

Not everytime but it's gotten worse, it clicks or clunks when turning sometimes and rattles abnormally when going over bumps and bad roads. A friend said it may be the steering wheel column is loose?

My car has 47000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: At 47,000 miles, I would not suspect your s...

At 47,000 miles, I would not suspect your steering column is worn. Depending on the history (wrecks, fender benders, potholes, etc), you may have worn out components in your front suspension. A clunking noise over bumps is likely a sway bar link, ball joint, or strut/mount.

A front end suspension component with play will cause the noise you appear to be describing. Lifting the wheels off the ground and giving it a 'shake down' should determine the cause of the noise or any safety concerns.

You need an inspection soon just to verify there is nothing wrong with your suspension. Even with low mileage, you may have worn components which we can repair. Feel free to reach out to one of our mobile experts who can come to you and diagnose your suspension system at your own convenience.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Cost to restore the tires to original setting

The cost to restore your suspension to stock condition can vary greatly. Your geographical location can affect parts pricing and availability, labor costs, etc. The most accurate way to price this would be to have the vehicle inspected by...

Q: while driving at speed above 40mph i feel humming sound from real which die down on appling break.

Thanks for writing in about your Hyundai Santa Fe. From what you've described, it sounds like it may be from the rear wheel bearings. When the rear brakes are applied, the brakes will quiet the noise down. Have a mechanic,...

Q: i think is the throttle or transmission

Hello. I would need to have a description of the noise to really be able to pinpoint where it is coming from. From the description that you have made it sounds like the engine is revving high when you are...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...