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#1 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 11:25 PM
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In the morning when i start up my car, (40-50degree's i guess right now). And i turn my wheels, there's this horrible creaking sound from the front wheels. it goes away once the car warms up. and doesn't do it when i get out of school at 2 everyafternoon. What is that? Wheel bearings or what? and how easy is it to replace cuz it bugs the hell out of me. sounds horrrrible.
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easiest thing to do when it's cold one morning, have someone turn the wheels while you look at them


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my car did the same thing when i put on brand new suspension. For me at least, it was just cold suspension components and over torqued bolts. Once i re-torqued everything to spec it still did it, but not as loud. I talked to a few mechanics and they told me its just cold new suspenion parts and not to worry. How old/new is your suspension?

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It could be a belt inside your steering wheel column. First my SRS light came on then the sound. A guy that works at BMW told me that the belt was more likely the problem, but he would have to take the steering wheel apart to be sure. Also I put some after market 17" rims on my car which I feel could have added some strees to my power steering which inturn caused something to go wrong inside the steering wheel column.
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as far as i know, there is a problem can occur in the column, mine makes a squeaking noise sometimes... and occasionally a creak, for maybe half a turn of the wheel, u can tell the noise is up nearer the wheel tho, not outside, like wheels or suspension.... u might wanna check out the steering rack and all that in your case. mine is right hand drive, might have different issues lol
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[quote=YoungExec728,Jan 18 2005, 12:29 PM]
my car did the same thing when i put on brand new suspension. For me at least, it was just cold suspension components and over torqued bolts. Once i re-torqued everything to spec it still did it, but not as loud. I talked to a few mechanics and they told me its just cold new suspenion parts and not to worry. How old/new is your suspension?
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I agree. i have the same wierd sound too. and yes just replace my front struts with bilstein HD's. and i get this wierd sound when i turn my wheel. Plus it has been very cold here in Philly. so i am not sure if that has anything to do with it.
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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.


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I have a similar problem. My sound is a kinda dull moan. It happens mainly when I turn the wheel, but can happen not only when it is cold. It has happened shortly after I got off the highway.

Is this similar to you sound at all, maybe the same thing. I figured I would put up a post on it, but this may be the same problem.

Oh yeah I just put in new trans fluid and oil change too.

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thanks for ur help. u all eased my mind. my suspention is all stock 1993 components. thats next on my list. but i thought something might have been worn out but it must just be cold creaking fixtures if new suspention is doing it too

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