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if the noise comes from the inside, like a plastic to plastic noise, that is the steerin wheel touching the airbag slip ring. yes there is a defect on some steering wheels that they are sort of bent and so they touch the airbag slip ring on the rear of it.
On my car someone tried to use withe lithium grease which only helped to stain the black plasctics and leather.. This problaly was done with one of the previous owners..
The solution, look how to take the steering wheel out, once you have it out, take the airbag slip ring out from the sterring wheel and look at parts that look that they have been scrachet, sanded, faded, this is your contact points. then look om the steering wheel where they are .. then just get a sand paper of something to take that bunpy part that touches the slip ring and take it away..
then put everything togeter following the procedure to take the wheel out.
But becareful, the slip ring is a coil of wire, so you cannont move the center part out of where it is, otherwise it can be one turn short in either direction, get the idea..
If the noise comes form the outside, i would check tie rods. Yes they fail, they are a simple rod wil a round metal ball end , if its worn out it will make some noise.
If it only happens on cold days, it can be the pump, or steering rack with wrong steering fluid, low fluid maybe, as steering fluid in this cars if tranmission fluid, it greatly srinks, gets smaller on volume, on cold days.
but check for the pump, as some of the internal parts are worn out, and they can be purchased at dealer, they are rubber seals and othe little things, so you can easily rebuild the pump.
but if the rack is shot, then look on ebay, since there are no parts to rebuild a rack.
i also read that on some cars the lower part of the steering of the colum, on top of the pedals when you take the plastic cover out, make noise, that part is where the colum goies from the inside of the car to the outside and sometime it make a noise when turning, try putting some wd40 or similar oil form the inside on that plastic ring and then form under the car where the steering rod crossed the firewall.
hope this helps.
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