Steering wheel makes noise

toyota
camry

#1

My car makes a trouble sound when turning the wheel. It has been to the shop and new steering wheel fluids and a few other adjustments were done. I have a friend his daughters car just started making the same sound. My car has been doing this for months. We both have the same make and year car.


#2

OK, I’ll bite…

Year, mileage and maintenance history?

Where does the sound seem to be coming from? The steering wheel itself? Front tires? Which side? Both? Engine? What kind of a sound is it? A grinding, squealing, rubbing? Something else entirely?

Let us know. Give us a chance…


#3

2003,110,000 miles, and well maintained. The sound is from the steering wheel, a rubbing sound, loud and happens when ever turning the wheel in either direction.


#4

OK, not too old, mileage isn’t too far gone. Should be good for quite a while yet…

Try lubricating the steering column, down by the firewall, above the brake pedal. Grease, silicone, or whatever you may have handy. No WD-40, though, and preferably an actual grease, rather than a spray. I’ve heard they get dry and rub like that.

This isn’t a permanent fix, but will tell you whether it’s the column or not. The permanent fix is to replace the column, if this temporary test works.


#5

Worked like a charm. Thanks!