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Old 11-17-2011, 10:16 PM   #1
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Annoying Squeak When I Turn the Steering Wheel

I have a 98 TJ, and randomly, my drive shaft will make a really annoying squeaking sound when I turn the wheel. It happens mostly when it is really cold (40s or lower) and it is the actual drive shaft, not the steering wheel. It's more of a low-pitched squeak more so than a high one. Any tips on how to fix it?

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Old 11-17-2011, 10:37 PM   #2
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Spray where the steering shaft goes through the firewall with lithium grease. The company that makes PB Blaster also makes spray lithium grease, those are my two favorite things in a can.

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Old 11-17-2011, 10:45 PM   #3
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Ya, my cousin and I soaked it in WD40, but it didn't make any difference
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:38 AM   #4
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wd40 drys up and isnt that good but what freeskier said PB blaster is amazing stuff. i replaced all my wd40 with this stuff
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:38 AM   #5
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ok not all i still have one can to clean things with
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Yep, WD-40 is NOT a lubricant, it's a solvent. If you want to test it, smear some grease on something and then use WD-40 to clean it up. It will help remove the grease quite easily.

Use some sort of lubricant whether it be regular grease, something in a spray, etc.. on the rubber piece that is attached to the firewall and it will stop squeaking.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:54 AM   #7
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is it while youre sitting idle or driving?
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So this thing making the noise is the steering column going through the bushing at the firewall? Mine does it on COLD mornings while trying to steer, but I've never gotten around to doing it. Doing a few other things on the TJ this weekend, so I thought I'd tackle this fix too.

Can you do it w/o removing the dash knee panels?
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So this thing making the noise is the steering column going through the bushing at the firewall? Mine does it on COLD mornings while trying to steer, but I've never gotten around to doing it. Doing a few other things on the TJ this weekend, so I thought I'd tackle this fix too.

Can you do it w/o removing the dash knee panels?
Yep; poke your head underneath the dash and look above the pedals. You'll see the rubber piece that is almost like a coupling. It slides on and off easily. Just slide it off at the bottom, put some grease on it, and slide it back on. There is no disassembly of anything else required.
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Yep, wd40 is a solvent. Like I said, lithium grease. Its right next to PB blaster at home depot. I use it to fix all squeaks in the jeep.
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Yep; poke your head underneath the dash and look above the pedals. You'll see the rubber piece that is almost like a coupling. It slides on and off easily. Just slide it off at the bottom, put some grease on it, and slide it back on. There is no disassembly of anything else required.
Sounds good. Didn't think it'd be tough, but wanted to ask since I didn't have the Jeep with me today.

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