Squeaky Steering Wheel/Column (2005 T&C)


#1

I have a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country base model with just over 70,000 miles.

My steering wheel/column “squeaks” when making left or right turns. The noise sounds like it is coming from inside the cabin, just behind the airbag/horn. It does not sound like a typical power steering problem. The sound is more noticeable when I make left turns and when I am driving slowly, like when I am turning the wheel of the car to get out of a parking space. The noise is definitely worse in colder weather.

I had the inner tie rods replaced three months ago, but I think the creaking sound pre-dates that work. Any thoughts? Are there bearings or joints that might need lubrication. Something else?

Thanks.


#2

The plastics in all the various steering column parts sometimes warp overtime and cause these creaks & squeaks. The only way I know to correct them is to disassemble the steering column parts and reposition/resecure them. I urge you not to try this yourself without a good manual. If you should accidently cause an airbag discharge, you could get seriously hurt, and even if you don’t you’ll have a whopping big repait bill. The repair manual will tell you how to safely disable the airbag.