I'm getting an occasional sqeak inside my 99 Sport's steering column now that the weather is getting a bit colder. Usually, once everything is warmed up it is hardly noticeable, but at first start up when it's cold out, even after spending the night in the garage, it is really noticeable. It sounds like something is rubbing against something else, not really a whine or squeal. Almost like two pieces of plastic rubbing together. Anyone else get this? I've never taken a steering column apart, and I can handle the noise, but I want to make sure it isn't the beginning of a major issue. It has been worse so far this winter than in years past, but during the summer months, it isn't an issue.
It really sounds like it is inside the steering column just under the steering wheel, not down by the firewall. I could be mistaken, but I will look a little more closely this weekend. Anyone have a picture of where I should spray the lube (inside cab/engine bay), and what type to use? I guess it can't hurt to lube it up and rule that out .
s14sh3r, my squeak is quite a bit higher pitched than that, although I found myself chuckling at the Chewbacca reference. Spot on!
After The WD40 drys up try some white lithium spray. WD40 isn't a lube and is probably why the squeek comes back.
X2, WD-40 is useless as a long-lasting lubricant because it is neither long-lasting nor a good lubricant. Yep, white lithium in an aerosol can is a good long-term cure for that steering column squeek where it passes through the rubber boot on the firewall.
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Agree. Mine will do this in cold weather about once or twice a week right off in the morning. I found a spray can of the lithium that works well as mentioned but also one that is 50/50 lithium and Teflon. Not certain if one works better that the other but they both seem to work.
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