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jollyroger 11-06-2010 03:29 PM

Squeaky Steering
Hey ya'll....

When my ('97) Jeep is cold, the steering column squeaks pretty badly when I turn. I shot 'er up with some WD40 and filled the power steering tank with fluid. Any other thoughts as to why my baby squeals at me?

captjhym 11-06-2010 03:43 PM

I cant explain it to you.... but both the 97's that I owned did that.... just take it as your jeep telling you "thanks for drivin me"

bjtoth 11-06-2010 03:47 PM

Probably the rubber grommet that the column passes through at the firewall. Try hitting that with some WD. There may be a better lube for it, but WD works for me.

fire239 11-06-2010 03:52 PM

There is a rubber boot at the firewall that makes that noise in cold weather. Lube it with white lithium spray.

jollyroger 11-06-2010 03:53 PM

Is it easy to get to? Or is there an easy way to explain it to a dummy (me)?

bjtoth 11-06-2010 03:56 PM

From under the dash, just follow the shaft forward.

ej_fireman 11-06-2010 04:04 PM

Lol I have the same problem I will look into it n let u all know

kdukes4 11-06-2010 06:57 PM


Originally Posted by fire239 (Post 862202)
There is a rubber boot at the firewall that makes that noise in cold weather. Lube it with white lithium spray.

or any sort of grease will do the job.

i had the same issue with my 97 in the winter time. find the shaft and boot at the firewall and put that grease along the shaft and boot, it will do the job for the winter, the only time that annoying creeking sound would appear again would be if it was in the teens or single digits and hadn't been driven for over 12hrs...

Jerry Bransford 11-06-2010 07:00 PM

Don't spray the rubber boot the steering shaft passes through with WD-40, that's a waste of time since WD-40 is technically not a lubricant (despite their advertising) and it will evaporate fairly soon. Instead, spray it with white lithium grease which is available in an aerosol can. This will cure this very common squeak for years instead of weeks.

03 RUBI 11-06-2010 07:42 PM

Got the same squeak problem with my '03 sometimes. Would silicon spray work? I have some of that handy.

Jerry Bransford 11-06-2010 07:55 PM

Silicone spray will work too but it won't last nearly as long as white lithium grease will.

03 RUBI 11-07-2010 07:11 PM

Thanks Jerry.

InfernoGirl 11-07-2010 08:04 PM

Gonna have to get me some of that there lithium grease spray... Mine almost drove me nuts last winter, I expect more of the same this year... :) Thanks for 'splaining where to shoot it....

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