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Rubbing squeaky sound when turning steering wheel '96 Legacy


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#1 porcupine73

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 07:19 PM

A couple months ago a rubbing sort of squeaky/whirring sound started when the I turn the steering wheel in my '96 Legacy. It sounds a lot like maybe a rope being pulled over a log. Doesn't seem to (yet) be causing any problems, but it didn't used to do that. Anything to be concerned about (yet)? No airbag lights on or anything like that.

Anywho...could that maybe be the clockspring getting ready to retire?

If I look in there by the turn signal lever, I can see some yellowish grease down in there. Is that normal? (confirmed by sticking pinky finger in there-yep it's grease). I think I can see the clockspring down in there which does seem to be the general vicinity of the whirring/squeaking sound.

I don't see anything down in there that looks to be obstructing or that fell in there or anything. Thanks!

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 08:16 PM

First check to make sure there is no plastic in the wheel wells rubbing against the tire. Next check the PS fluid is full and the drive belt is tight. Next chek the universal joint in the steering shaft to make sure that is not worn.

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 08:25 PM

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it can also be the bearing on top of the Strut that allows the car to turn

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 10:36 PM

Also check the brake slider pins, if the caliper is not sliding right it will make a noise when turning.

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 10:49 AM

And if it seems to come from the column under the wheel spray silcone lube in the gap.

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:16 AM

Great thanks for the info guys. I'll check all that stuff out. Actually I have four new strut mounts but I haven't put them in yet. I'll be doing the front brakes on this thing in a couple months so I'll make sure to lube up those pins good. I just got a gallon of kanolabs lubricone so I'll shoot some of that up into the steering column.

I think I didn't explain the sound very well though. The sound is definitely coming from the steering column itself right inside the vehicle. It sounds a lot like that rubbing/squeaking sound made when cleaning glass with paper towels and glass cleaner actually. If I put my ear near the steering column it sounds like it's coming from right around the plane of the turn signal lever, which I think I can see the clockspring looking down in there. Thanks again! :)

Actually the checking for plastic in the wheel wells reminds me that at least on the drivers side I have no plastic :) I bumped a curb and it must have pushed that plastic thing against the wheel, after I pulled out on hiway I heard this loud rubbing sound so I went to pull over and that whole plastic wheel well thing got ripped out and was laying in the road. I stopped and picked it up but didn't put it back in yet..... :)

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 11:17 AM

Good chance the lube might do it then. This is really common in the winter when stuff shrinks.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 01:00 PM

hey buddy, how are you?
I have a 98 subaru outback and I have the same problem that you had, my steering wheel is making the rubber noise, when turning. First my steering wheel become hard just in 20% of steering. These problem occurs for 3 weeks, after that, the steering bocome normal again and 2 days ago, becomes these rubber noise. How do you fixed you car? What it was making theese noise?

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 09:59 PM

Hello and welcome to the site. I never actually did fix mine. It still makes this sound when turning the wheel, kind of like the swooshing sound George's pants made during his interview on that Seinfeld episode. I had hosed the area down with silicone spray and it seemed to help some. I do not feel the wheel getting harder or easier to turn at all though like you are describing. I am thinking my sounds is the clockspring.

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 04:17 AM

I have the same noises your talking about on my taurus. Took it to the suspension shop and they said bearing plate on strut is bad. So there you go. Buy 2 new quickstrut assemblys and be done with it.

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 06:43 AM

Yes I imagine that would make a nice sound in turns. I put new strut mounts on my 96 a few years ago. I can hear the swooshing right in the steering wheel.

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 11:22 AM

I have the same noises your talking about on my taurus. Took it to the suspension shop and they said bearing plate on strut is bad. So there you go. Buy 2 new quickstrut assemblys and be done with it.

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Thats what I was going to suggest next.


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Posted 15 December 2010 - 02:31 PM

I have a 2007 Suburu and have the same squeaky sound coming from my steering column when I turn. I am going to try the Silicon, any other ideas of what this could be. It's slightly annoying and I hope it doesn't portend a greater problem.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 03:35 PM

Sometimes cold is cold and cars will squeek. I lubed mine with white lithim grease (the universal joint).

Now if the car is old enough, chek the rack, the inner and outer tie rod ends, and ball joints. The sound may be traveleing and be someplace else in origin.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 04:08 PM

My '96 Legacy swooshing sound in the steering wheel subsided some time back. I don't know if it was the silicone spray or not. In retrospect I would not spray silicone in there again, at least not the type I used. I have noticed the spray degrades some types of plastic. So hopefully it isn't eating away my clockspring's insulation.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 04:12 PM

So hopefully it isn't eating away my clockspring's insulation.


ticktocktictok its only a matter of time :)


well someone had to say it :banana:

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:26 AM

My car started doing this about 2 weeks ago.. I can make a video but it's really annoying it seems to be coming in the center just behind the parking light switch.

 

Still does it when it's 48 F outside.






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