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Old 05-17-2011, 10:59 PM   #1
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steering column rub sound??

I have a 98' tj that newly seems to be making a rubbing sound from behind the steering wheel at low speed maneuvers. It was kinda there but I went off roading and it seems bad now.
Could it be that it's cold?
Does this sound effect performence?
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:28 PM   #2
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Looks like it is some boot that needs to be sprayed with silicon grease but does anyone know where it is?

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Old 05-17-2011, 11:40 PM   #3
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My Jeep started doing this recently too. When I get a chance to look around for it I'm sure it won't be too hard to find. It is annoying though.
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:22 AM   #4
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Wow, noticed this yesterday on my 98... Haven't had a chance to look.
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Wow, noticed this yesterday on my 98... Haven't had a chance to look.
My 1999 TJ makes the same noise as well.
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At least it's common haha
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:39 AM   #7
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First off - have you checked your power steering fluid level? Low power steering fluid will cause a "groan" when turning the wheel. If the fluid is fine, then work some lithium grease into the grommet that the steering link passes thru in the firewall.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:00 AM   #8
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First off - have you checked your power steering fluid level? Low power steering fluid will cause a "groan" when turning the wheel. If the fluid is fine, then work some lithium grease into the grommet that the steering link passes thru in the firewall.
That is what I thought was my issue, just had a busy day yesterday...
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:19 AM   #9
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My 99 TJ makes it as well. Started in the winter but still going. I just replenished my power steering fluid, and the noise is still there.
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:30 PM   #10
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As stated, the rubber boot where the steering shaft goes through the body, low p/s fluid.

And I'll toss in another one. The SIR coil in the column.
I had access to ours yesterday and you wouldn't believe all the crap in and around it.
Turning the wheel you could hear a plastic to plastic grinding sound. The inner portion packed with grit was rubbing against the outer portion.

Took a vacuum cleaner to it first then a couple of blasts of compressed air. Nice and quiet now.
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:06 PM   #11
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If its the boot its not hard to find; I take it you didn't bother looking, otherwise you would have found it. Its right underneath the dash.
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:45 PM   #12
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Just spray some wd40 or silicon where the column passes through the firewall. My 98 was just doing the same thing and this took care of it. My was always worse the colder it got.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:03 PM   #13
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My 98 TJ does the same damn thing..seems to be more present when its cold..and mine's only present at low speed turning..PS fluid is fine, so I just ignore it since it doesnt happen very often
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Checked the fluid and it was fine. Hit the boot at the firewall with some WD40 and no more sound.

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