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Old 11-19-2006, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rattling Steering Wheel/Column?

Hi Guys!

Sometimes I hear this rattle from inside the steering wheel while I'm driving (not while I'm braking).

Maybe the steering column? It sounds like a loose ink cartridge rattling around in a pen, times 20.

Any idea what this might be? What should I have checked?

I have not been losing steering fluid BTW.
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Old 11-19-2006, 01:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Turn the wheel to the left and right with a short quick motion (not far enough to turn the wheels) and see if you can hear any clicking noise.
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Old 11-27-2006, 11:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Nope, no clicks with a quick turn of the wheel. Just the rattle from what seems like right under the emblem in the center of the wheel. It only happens when I drive over uneven pavement or bumps/potholes.
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Take a drive and wind the window down and see if you can hear it from the outside.
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No sound from the outside, just from around/below the steering wheel.
Could this just be the horn push-button rattling around?
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I had trouble turning the ignition this morning, I think my ignition lock is bad. I guess that could have been the rattling. I jiggled the key for a few minutes and finally got it to turn.
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as far as the ratting are you sure its not just a unbalanced wheel?
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Sounds like a column bearing went bad.
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