A squeaking sound that happens when the steering wheel is turned is likely to be something faulty in the power steering system. However, if the squeaking sounds like it is coming from the front end of the car rather than directly from the steering wheel, it could be related to the suspension. A third possibility for a squeaking sound is loose steering linkage.Know More
If the squeaking sound is coming from the front of the car, it will be fairly faint and possibly accompanied by creaking or clicking. The car performance will also be negatively affected with wandering or vibrations. It usually means that suspension components such as ball joints or bushings are worn.
If the squeaking sound is coming directly from the steering column, it may also sound like a squeal or a whine. This could indicate low levels of power steering fluid, a loose belt or a bad pump. Small leaks are fairly common in power steering systems. They are usually slow leaks, and as the fluid gets low, the steering wheel may start to squeak. This might also be accompanied by a steering wheel that is harder to turn but is easily fixed by topping off fluid when it is low.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
When there is a problem with the power steering system, a high-pitched whine will be heard. The steering system will need to be properly diagnosed to find the root of the problem.Full Answer >
Determining the reason why the steering wheel is locked is the first step in repairing it, and somtimes repair is as simple as jiggling the wheel while turning the key. A locked steering wheel could be caused by dirt in the ignition, a bent or broken key or a damaged or broken ignition. Also, the type of steering lock mechanism will affect the type of repairs that are necessary.Full Answer >
Play in the steering wheel, often called a loose steering wheel, may be caused by loose ball joints, worn tie rod ends or a loose steering box. If those things check out, play in the steering wheel may be caused by worn C-bushings in the caster.Full Answer >
The most common reasons for a steering wheel to shake at 70 miles per hour are uneven tire wear and a small bend in the wheel. The vibration is felt in the steering wheel as the harmonic frequency of the rotating tire exceeds the dampening capabilities of the car's suspension.Full Answer >