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Front end clunk-

After reading all of the posts about the front end clunk I ordered the grease kit from Toyota, removed the plastic nuts and cover from the interior base of the steering shaft and could just see the junction of the splined shaft. Injected one tube of grease and most all the clunking is gone( 2 days ago). I have the 2007 Rav 4, four wheel drive, 86 k miles.
Thanks Old Guy and all of the other guys who shared thier experiences.
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Glad you got your noise fixed. Amazing how things can be so simple, eh? Now you have to wonder why Toyota shakes customers down for $700 for a fix this simple.
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Yep, lots of smart guys contributing to the forum, much appreciated.
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Ops, clunking is worse-

After inserting the factory grease at the top of the splines, the clunking is worse- can any one post pictures of the seal that can be opened to inject the grease?
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Somebody who has the clunk - do me a little favour. Mark the bolt at the bottom of the column right where it bolts on to the steering rack. Slacken the bolt by about 1/6 turn then tighten it so it goes past the original position. Use reasonable force so as not to risk shearing the bolt.

I could not find anything worn on the shaft I replaced with a new one. I wonder if simply clamping the bolt is what cures the clunk as it just eliminates any movement on the shaft.

With the greatest respect, I cannot see that packing with grease will provide a lasting fix. I wonder if the action of refitting the shaft is what cured it.
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Anchorman, will try and post results,
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Sorry anchorman, I didn't read your post until after I fixed my clunking.

Thank you Old Guy for sharing your experiences. I almost wasted A LOT of time had it not been for you.

Clunking Gone!

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Front end clunking-

Hey Guys,
had a mobile repair man do some work on my Lincoln, very reasonable, good job, so had him replace my front brake pads on my Rav 4, also look at the front end clunking noise- He lubed the cv joints and the intermediate steering shafts using the needle and a small grease gun, injecting and moving the axles, now brakes are good and no more clunking- This on my 2007 Rav4 Limited, 86,000 miles.
If the Rav didn't burn oil I would be really happy, wonder what the long term outlook for these engines is? Keep or sell?
Hope this helps someone fix the front end clunking.
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2007 V6 AWD, 90,000 miles. I've had the clunk slowly getting worse for a couple of years, decided today to try the disassemble and lube process.

Getting the upper intermediate shaft out was easy. I was disappointed to see that the sliding joint felt smooth and free. Didn't seem likely that 'stickion' in this joint could be the problem but went ahead anyway.

Sliding the seal up the shaft was easy too, just a lot of light taps with a small hammer and straight slot screwdriver at the edge of the seal. I then squirted a lot of WD40 into the open end and worked the joint back and forth to flush out the old grease. The two pieces gradually came apart and three rows of five steel balls came out.

I cleaned everything with more WD40 and paper towels, lubed generously with a general purpose moly grease and put it back together. Installed it in the car and IT WORKED! No more clunking!

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Hi everybody, im a little confused, when refering to upper shaft is the upper part of the intermediate shaft? the rows of steel balls are inside the intermediate shaft? Im going to try to lubricate the parts but want to be sure exactly where to put the grease,
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