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Old 03-03-2011, 10:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Steering wheel squeaking noise?

Hi all, this is my 2008 now with 104k on the clock. Recently I noticed the steering wheel squeaks sometimes when I turn it at low speed. It's not loud but annoying. I haven't heard it beyond 35 mph. Well, maybe the wind noise is too loud, .

The noise appears coming from inside the car, right with the steering wheel and housing contact probably. It sounds like rubber to rubber contact noise. I had this noise before with my previous 91 Grand Am too and another used GM car I drove for half an hour...

So do you guys have any idea what the problem might be? Somewhere lacks lube? Any easy way to lube it? What lube should I use safely (considering the air bag and all those electric parts around)?

Could it be something more serious? Thank you very much for your help.

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Old 03-03-2011, 12:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If the noise is low pitched, its probably the intermediate steering shaft (ISS). If you look in the 7th gen section there is a write-up on how to lube it. However, from what I am told, there is an updated part now for the 8th gens that doesn't have this problem. I would try going to the dealer and negotiating a replacement, you aren't that far out of warranty.

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Well, I am not sure how the ISS noise should sound like. Is it the same as this one on youtube?
Turn the volume up when the girl's turning the wheel if you can't hear it. Her voice is much louder, :-).



If yes, then no, that's not my noise. It's not this loud and the pitch is higher. I will try to record the noise and let you know. Will probably talk to the dealership too...but wait a second, the 100k powertran may not cover steering, I think?

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OK, quite close to this BMW on youtube. Turn your volume up, if needed to hear it. Maybe on my car still not as loud. Any idea? Thanks a lot.


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Old 03-14-2011, 07:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, I think I want to give an update of my observation. I just realized that the noise doesn't show up when the car is cold. I mean Ohio cold in the 30-50F currently. After I reach my work place or come back to home from my work place, ~ 7 miles one way with 4-5 big turns in typical small town local traffic, the noise shows up.

Any idea? Thanks a lot.

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i have the same noise on my 2006 so if you find out how to fix it let us know please

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I surely will. Unfortunately, it appears to happen a lot on GM cars, in many different models and years. I had it on my previous 91 Grand AM. I got it on a 99 (?) Aurora I was interested in but didn't buy. Now here is my 08 Impala and your 06...

So who else has the problem? The noise is really low so pay close attention.

How long have you had this noise, emmaiden2005? Did you try to do anything to it?

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I've had it since i got the car it's just a slight rubber squeak (like the second vid) its mostly inside the car got the car with 85k on it and it doesn't really effect the drive of the car so i just let it alone but it is annoying never notice it while driving but when i am under 15mph or turning into a parking spot i can hear it

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Try taking a suction gun and taking all the PWS fluid out and repalce it with Lucas PWS fluid with conditioners.

http://www.impalaforums.com/chevy-im...g-problem.html

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Yeah, snake oil cures all!

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Yeah, snake oil cures all!
lmfao.... bahahahahahaha

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Well, I think I want to share my observations and what I have done again.

I almost never want to add any additives to cars. But after I saw inyadreems's post, I decided to replace the power steering fluid. Overall, the PSF is 100k+ old already. The old one didn't look dirty at all, especially if I looked at the dipstick. But boy, when everything was in a clear bottle, what a night and day difference between the old and the new, in color, :-). I splashed some PSF onto the belt, :(.

Did it help? No, it got worse, :-(. That was Saturday, BTW. The pith of the noise also changed too. But that gave me hope because of the pSF accident on the belt. Maybe...hopefully...

The situation becomes better and better, :-). On Wednesday, I started to feel that the steering got much better. I can turn the wheel with much less efforts, less than Monday, Tuesday, or weeks before. The noise is getting softer and softer too and today I can tell it's basically gone, :-).

Well, it's colder these several days to and the noise has something to do with engine temperature. But hey, I started getting the noise in winter and I didn't hear the noise when I should yesterday and today, according to the coolant temperature, :-). So I guess that's it and I hope it gets even better later on, when all the PSF goes away from the belt.

So? I guess the noise has something to do with how good the power assistance is. For old cars, maybe changing the PSF, checking/replacing belt & tensioner would help?

But here is the Q. Why does it have something to do with engine temperature? Belt expands?

Another Q. The service manual asks to bleed the air in the system and what the dealerships do is put a vacuum pump on the the reservoir. I couldn't find such a vacuum pump that would fit. Any other way to bleed it? Thanks a lot.

Also I know the cop cars have power steering cooling system. I guess my car should not have. Sorry, I have not checked under the hood. It's a loaded LS, originally as corporate lease fleet vehicle. For those retired cop cars, maybe checking/changing PS coolant would help too?

Just my 2c, .

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Little input from this noob... but had the same issue from basically when I bought the car at 85K from the Chevy dealership... turns out my serpentine belt was wearing out and wasn't working the pumps as well. Water pump burned out and once I replaced that and the belt, bam no more noise... Power steering pump was skipping with the loose belt.

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Hi, signed up just to post this and let you know.

I had the exact same problem. I would only hear it low speeds and sounded like leather rubbing leather or something.

Anyway, dealership where I purchased replaced my ISS and my steering rack and no more noise.

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