Grinding Noise When Turning Steering Wheel?

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The grinding sound when turning the steeling wheel can be caused by a variety of conditions. Some are an easy fix others are more difficult. A few of the reasons it can cause the steering wheel to make a grinding sound is dirt in the steering column, cracked bearing, and clock spring issues. It is the clock springs job to coil the steering column leading to the electronic system such as the radio and so on. I there is a loose coil, it will cause a grinding sound.
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