Hi everyone! Finally, a reason to post on here. I’ve lurked for ages hoping for something CarTalk worthy.
Yesterday coming home, completely unprovoked, my steering wheel began making a terrible clicking noise when I turned it. After some quick investigation I discovered at the base of the steering column, a piece of metal was out of place and hitting the sides, causing the sounds.
I learn about cars as the pieces fall off of mine, so this was something already out of my expertise. I took it in this morning and the mechanic told me it was the bushing in the steering column and all he did was remove it. He had no idea how I could have damaged it as it is an enclosed and protected area. He did not replace it with a new one.
So here’s where I ask you guys. What’s that bushing for? If I don’t put a new one in, will my car start falling apart? How in the world did it randomly pop out of place?