Pop goes the Mazda steering column
Some vehicles may exhibit a pop or clunk noise from the steering column area while turning. This noise typically occurs a quarter-turn before the steering wheel reaches the end of its travel stop and typically goes away with weight off the wheels.
NOTE: Failure to perform steering wheel position sensor calibration after steering column replacement may result in steering column noise during turns.
This bulletin applies to 2008-2010 Tribute (built on or before June 11, 2010); and Tribute Hybrid (built on or before June 11, 2010).
Verify that the noise is coming from the steering column and/or steering shaft area and occurs before the steering wheel reaches the end of its travel stop. If the noise is only present when the steering wheel contacts the end of its travel stop, this is a normal characteristic and this procedure does not apply. If the noise is present before or between steering wheel and-of-travel stop, proceed to Step 2.
Replace both the steering shaft and steering shaft coupling U-joint (see service manual, section 06-12). Torque the steering column coupling-to-steering-column-shaft to a value of 52 ft.-lbs. (70 Nm). Verify the repair.
ITEM P/N QTY
Steering shaft coupling U-joint…..ZZC0-32-850A………….…1