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Old 05-09-2019, 04:08 PM   #1
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My 240 recently started making an extremely annoying noise when turning the steering wheel. I removed the wheel and noticed the steering shaft seems to have a lot of play in it. Is there a bearing at the end of the steering shaft that can be easily replaced and if so, is it still available?

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Old 05-09-2019, 04:59 PM   #2
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The steering column bearings are NLA.

Is there a spring behind the steering wheel? The spring is what pre-loads the bearing. If it's missing the shaft will wobble. It's normal for the shaft to move like that without the steering wheel on.
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Old 05-10-2019, 01:13 AM   #3
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The spring is there. I tried turning the steering shaft with the wheel removed and it still squeeks so I guess it needs a dab of lube somewhere?
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Nobody’s ever had a squeeky wheel before? It’s driving me nuts but I’d rather avoid tearing the whole steering column apart if I could.
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Old 05-11-2019, 01:06 PM   #5
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I had this a few years ago, and just sprayed a bunch of lube in there when the wheel was off. Eventually the noise went away. Watch for any rubbing on the plastic trim that goes around the column too, they are pretty good at making annoying noises as well.
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:36 PM   #6
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I had a squeeky wheel one time that was actually a broken column. The xtra fat guy that owned the car before levered his ass out if the car with the wheel and fatique had cracked one of the safety crush sections in the column. Might wanna crawl on the floor and see if the column is still one piece.
I may/may not have "fixed" it with a section of split muffler pipe and a few hose clamps...Probably a bad idea but this is tb.
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:06 PM   #7
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If that squeak only happens each 1/2 turn of the wheel, look at the steering shaft u-joint out in the engine compartment. Easy way to double check is jack up the front, and turn the wheel all the way back and forth... loose-tight-loose-tight-loose-tight means the joint is binding and should be replaced.


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Old 05-15-2019, 02:31 PM   #8
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Är det inte ratten som ligger mot kåpan? Lägg på lite sprej och testa om det blir tyst
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Är det inte ratten som ligger mot kåpan? Lägg på lite sprej och testa om det blir tyst
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Är det inte ratten som ligger mot kåpan? Lägg på lite sprej och testa om det blir tyst
Trodde också det men det lät lika illa när jag vred om rattstången genom att skruva på muttern utan ratt på plats.
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If that squeak only happens each 1/2 turn of the wheel, look at the steering shaft u-joint out in the engine compartment. Easy way to double check is jack up the front, and turn the wheel all the way back and forth... loose-tight-loose-tight-loose-tight means the joint is binding and should be replaced.


I’m starting to suspect this as well. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 05-22-2019, 04:45 PM   #12
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I’ve pinpointed the squeek and it’s coming from the upper u-joint by the brake booster. Spraying it with penetrating oil makes it go quiet. Unfortunatly, this part seems way harder to find than the lower u-joint by the rack.
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