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Old 06-25-2004, 09:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm getting a little squeaking noise from the steering wheel. What's the best way to lubricate it, and where? I was thinking of WD-40, but I figured I'd ask before trying it.
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Old 06-25-2004, 09:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the same thing man I have not found a place where you could get access to spray anything in there. I hope someone knows cause it's about to drive me crazy.
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If I'm not mistaken... there are bearings inside of there... and some parts are packed with greise..... there are also a lot of electrical connections there too.... DO NOT SPRAY any liquid on there.... take it to a dealer.... let them deal with it..
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I'm glad I asked. Thanks!
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If you really want to take a look at it... there is one screw right underneath the stearing collum... take that out...(watch out the backing that holds the screw might fall out with it.. so grab that if it does... ) then pull the bottom piece out... and there are two plastic pieces right around the top part of the stearing collum that are snaped together.... just snap them apart... and it exposes the entire mechanical workings of the stearing collum... then you will see why I said not to spray that sucker...
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Again... then above procedure is very rough.. just a general gist of what to do... its fairly easy... but I didnt meantion.. that what I just said.. probably only applys to E36s.... I didnt see what you drove...
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Thanks. I'm quite paranoid about screwing something new up, so I'm just going to live with it for now since it's very minor. B)
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he has a 95 325. He is posting in the E36 forum for a reason :nana
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Wait I've got an idea. What about talcum powder? Or one of those other powerders like graphite dust. If it doesn't conduct electricity it won't mess anything up. And it will help it move without the squeak. Just a thought.

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I'm not sure about graphite powder, but graphite is usually a conductor.
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Try a sprinkle of talcum powder than, I wasn't sure about graphite. See if it helps.... I don't think it will harm anything, 2nd opinions?

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are you sure its not the coil spring in your steering wheel ? I had the same problem and the dealer said the coil spring in there needed to be changed.
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I had this problem. Disconnect the battery and leave for a good couple of hours (precaution for airbag sensor). Not sure which wheel you have but my airbag wheel has two torx bolts at the rear. Proceed with removing the wheel and line the wheel/steering column contact point with copper grease. Job done.
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Sorry... but me no likey.... the poweder idea..... just doesnt seem right for some reason.... sorry...
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I would feel weird using talcum poweder...its like my car is having a sweaty foot problem...it is however an interesting idea that might just work. Do not use graphite because it is a conductor...a rather poor conductor compared to other metals, but it is a metal none the less.
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