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Old 10-16-2004, 11:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Today my steering wheel has a squeek when I turn it left or right. Is the something I can do to stop the squeek?

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All that I can think of to fix the squeak would be to find that actual mechanical part that is squeeking you could put a MINIMAL!! amount of dw40 or some type of silicon spray to stop the squeak. DO NOT GET IT ON ANYTHING ELECTRICAL!

The easiest way to get to that part would most likely be to go under the steering wheel column. You will see a screw there, and the whole bottom half of the plastic surrounding the steering column should come off..
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I am kinda having second thoughts about telling you to use WD40 or Silicon spray just because of the amount of electrical in there. I would say go for it with a single small spray if u find the exact contact point. SOME ONE PLEASE VERIFY that that is ok to do...
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Could it be that I maybe low on power steering fluid?

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Is it squeaking like its coming from your tires like under the car or in the engine compartmet
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i think he is talking about within the steering wheel column in the interior.. all it is is something rubbing up against another part of the column just find what it is
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Yes, it is coming from the steering wheel. Sounds like it could be rubbing but not sure. Just happened all of a sudden.
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it usually happens when weather changes... from severely hot to cold. mine squeaks for a few days every few months and stops eventually... learned to live with it.

edit: reason it happens is plastic expanding or shrinking.
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Yes, it is coming from the steering wheel. Sounds like it could be rubbing but not sure. Just happened all of a sudden.
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From my experiuence, your problem is the lower steering column bearings located in an impossible place to lubricate. Some folks have suggested that you can use WD40 and an 18" straw to "saturate" the bearings from the very limited access within the engine compartment. They suggest that you should jack the car and access from below.
I reasoned that wd40 flows down... so I drilled a 1/16" hole slightly above the bearings where the steering column meets the firewall. (this required removal of the under-dash paneling) then sprayed about an ounce of wd40 in the hole. Covered the hole with tape...
No nore squeek. At least for now...
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