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Thanks for the post. I do have the same problem with my RAV4 sport 2007. I already reported the problem to NHTSA but i did not get a reply. I will do it mines maybe on spring time or summer time. I really appreciate this post.
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Did you put any grease with the shafts when you install it or you just put it directly?Thanks again.
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Great Thread!

Very helpful. Thanks for the pictures and details! I have to do my 07 and this will be a big help!
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@Dr. Dyno is the part number 45221-42080 the same to 45221-42071? just want to make sure I buy the right parts.
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If you can live with the clunk then I suppose there is no need to do it. However, those that have done it report that the car feels altogether smoother. I suppose the steering wheel is your main connection with the car.

As for greasing the shaft, I'm not sure what is having the greatest effect. The TSB says that they have changed the internal diameter so maybe removing the shaft and just nipping it up tighter is clamping the splined stub tighter. No doubt that grease will dampen it to some extent but I would expect that to have a limited life.

I fitted the one in the above post dry as the instructions dictate.
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I have a clunking sound in my 2008 RAV4 Sport V6. However, when I have the car on jack stands and try turning the steering wheel (very slowly or very rapidly) to try and reproduce the clunk, nothing happens. The steering feels smooth. The only time I hear the clunk is when the wheels are on the ground and the forces of the road cause the clunk. Is this consistent with everybody else that has the clunking issue due to this particular problem with the steering shaft?

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Fortunately I don't have the clunking... but while you are working on things, I would consider lubricating as described in Steering Shaft Clunk Possible Fix

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I have clunking when driving over minor bumps in the road. I also seem to have bottoming out of the strut. So I am thinking it is either the sway bar bushings. These are non stock items by Auto zone and Advance although they list them for somewhere around $18.00, they do not stock them. I called local dealer and they say the left bushing is different from right- and around $66.00 for the pair! Fortunately though - I gave my VIN# and they say there is a "campaign" for rear suspension control arm - just came out in December 2012.
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Someone posted here somewhere about taking a hyperdermic needle and pumping some kind of lithium grease down the intermediate shaft.

I did this with WD40, as I didn't have the grease recommended. 60 seconds to do this job and bump is gone. Firestone wanted $600 bucks to do the labor, part, and warranty.
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Just buy a lithium grease in Menard's insert the needle going upwards between shaft 1 n 2 then your are good to go.
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