Steering noise

Steering noise

Ok so here's a new problem...showed up a couple of months ago..not getting worse rapidly but..

When driving I get a small 'tunk' noise turning the wheel sometimes. I can feel it
very slightly in the wheel as well.

It happens turning the wheel in either direction. It does not happen all the time.

My gut intuition is that it's like the rod that is being twisted by the steering wheel is sticking slightly,
building up a slight twist, and then overcoming the friction and making the noise.

And yes you might use the word 'stiction' here, sigh. ;)

Should I have the car taken in now? wait until it gets worse..???

Having just dealt with the MCU1 swap and the leadup to that I'm wanting a break
from Tesla issues...but if it's dangerous I'll do it.

johncrab | March 22, 2020

It could be a tie rod or a bad bushing. If you can feel it coming back through the rim, take it in or park it. If neither is practical, keep speed down and both hands on the rim until you can have it checked.

Stiction | March 23, 2020

I don't feel it really...maybe a tiny bit but very slight. I'm sure I'll need to get it checked but will have to wait
until this Covid-19 stuff is over.

GHammer | March 23, 2020

There is a common issue where the steering rack is slightly out of alignment. Happened to mine, they replaced some the shims and bolts on the rack. $100.

NKYTA | March 23, 2020

I might need that, but late in the game...

alybrad | March 24, 2020

Yes, they need to change/tighten some of the shims or bolts in the steering. This problem happened on my 2013 MSP85. Would occur if I was steering very far to the left or right while pulling in or out of a tight parking space - especially if the surface was sloped significantly horizontally. It didn't happen often, but when it did, the shock of the loud click sound made me stop in my tracks!

Bighorn | March 24, 2020

Same here. Recurrent tightening of steering rack for clunk, usually turning in reverse.

Jcastillo18 | March 26, 2020

Same here ordered shims for the car.