I recently started noticing that a creaking sound occasionally (but increasingly) when turning my 2005 Nissan Altima. It seems to happen more after storms, significant temperature changes, and in the morning. It happens when turning in either direction.
It doesn’t always happen, and I don’t feel any grinding or disturbance in the wheel when turning. I rolled the window down to see if I could hear any more clicking or popping when turning, but I don’t really seem to hear it outside of the car. It seems like it’s almost emanating from the steering column.
The sound is not a steady popping or clicking sound. It sounds more a slow creak, like you’d think of hearing on a door in an old scary movie. I think I’ve heard a click here and there, but I can’t be certain for sure.
The Guys got it pretty good right here: http://www.cartalk.com/player5/player.php?a=shortclip&id=local-cartalk-784901
If anybody out there has a diagnosis (and possible cure), I could be greatly appreciative.