Squeak and slight vibration heard and felt in steering column at low speeds (Parking lots, etc)
Hi. I have a 2004 Trailblazer and I have begun to hear a consistent squeak when turning the steering wheel at low speeds or even when sitting still. Its a high pitched squeak with a slight grinding sensation felt through the steering wheel and column. Its particularly noticable when taking tight turns in parking lots.
The ball joints, anti-rollbar, and other suspension parts have been checked and passed. The joints on the steering column were sprayed with penetrating oil to see if that made a change in the noise, but the noise remains unchanged.
The really odd part to this is that it doesn't do it when the vehicle is cold. It takes about about 10 -15 minutes of normal operating time for the squeak to begin.
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Get a friend to turn wheel back and forth in the garage, get on the ground and use your hands to feel where the noise is coming from. Metal gives off a significant amount of vibrations with noise. Should be easy to tell where it's coming from. Could be your rack and pinion, however I would be much more willing to consider ball joints. Hard to tell without getting "down and dirty" on the floor under the vehicle feeling for the noise.
Could be your steering gearbox, tierod end, rack and pinion piston, low power steering fluid, bad serp belt, ball joints, front struts/mounting hardware.
Also test steering with the entire vehicle on the floor and with the front end off the ground lifted by a few floor jacks lifting on the frame of the vehicle.
Ball joints especially on Ford vehicles tend to squeak after a while (mostly since they are the sealed type) even if they pass a safety inspection.
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this might help: Here is the Technical Service Bulletin that maybe of help, worth looking into but can't guarantee that it would fix your problem Steering - Steering Column Clunking When Turning TECHNICAL Bulletin No.: 01-02-32-001P Date: November 25, 2009 Subject: Clunk Felt/Noise Heard From Steering Column, Steering Gear and/or Front Of Vehicle During Turning Maneuver and/or Steering Wheel Rotation (Replace Intermediate Shaft As Directed) Models: 2001-2004 Buick Regal 2005-2008 Buick Allure (Canada Only), LaCrosse 2000-2008 Chevrolet Impala 2000-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue 2004-2007 Pontiac Grand Prix Supercede: This bulletin is being revised to add the 2008 Buick LaCrosse/Allure. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 01-02-32-001O (Section 02 - Steering). Condition Some customers may comment on a clunk type noise coming from the front of the vehicle while driving during a turning maneuver. 1. Locate a large area (parking lot) where the vehicle can be turned in a tight circle. 2. Turn the steering wheel to the right and/or left all the way to the steering lock, then off the steering lock a 1/4 turn. 3. Drive the vehicle approximately 5 km/h (3 mph) in a circle, preferably over rough pavement or seams on the road surface. 4. Drive the vehicle straight ahead at idle speed while applying and releasing the brake pedal. Listen/feel the steering wheel for the clunk/noise condition. 5. If a clunk is felt in the steering wheel, the MOST likely cause is the I-shaft - not the steering gear. Continue with the correction. Correction DO THIS - Replace the intermediate shaft DON'T DO THIS - DO NOT lube the intermediate shaft Replace the existing intermediate shaft
possible wheel bearing at fault. if it heard/felt more when turning or swerving and is a growling type noise, more than likley is. possible bad tire shouldnt be over looked. is abs light on? most often when wheel bearing is bad a speed sensor ( within wheel bearing ) will go open, setting abs light. vehicle needs to be ran on a hoist to try and duplicate noise/vibration.
Hello! This is a known problem that is addressed by the following Technical Service Bulletin...Guru...saailer
System Moan, Groan, Shudder and/or Vibration Type Noise During Low
Speed Turning Maneuvers (Replace Steering Gear) #04-02-32-007A -
(12/01/2004)Models:2004-2005 Buick Rainier 2003-2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, TrailBlazer EXT 2003-2005 GMC Envoy, Envoy XL 2004-2005 GMC Envoy XUV 2003-2004 Oldsmobile Bravada Short Wheelbase Utilities Built Prior to VIN Breakpoint 52123375 Long Wheelbase Utilities Built Prior to VIN Breakpoint 56137280 This bulletin is being revised to remove the 2002 model year and
add the long wheelbase utilities. Please discard Corporate Bulletin
Number 04-02-32-007 (Section 02 -- Steering).
customers may comment on a moan, groan, shudder and/or vibration noise
while making low speed turning maneuvers. Customers usually notice this
condition in parking lot turning maneuvers.
Diagnose the power steering concern. Refer to Symptoms - Power Steering System (SI Document ID #670351).
Replace the steering gear with a newly designed steering
gear. See the parts information below. Refer to Power Steering Gear
Replacement (SI Document ID #742314).
With the information given this is not a sure solution. Questions that need to be asked is when does this happen, turning at slow speedm high speed, when hitting a pot hole etc? Since you have replaced a lot of things already, assuming you have NEW good quality parts so you did not replace bad parts with new bad parts i would definitelu check the pitman arm. This runs from the stering gear to the tierod. It can give you some good clunks while steering, especially at low speed when there is a lot of resistance. Check it by having someone turning the steering wheel when watchin/feeling it.
hello have u rotated the tires front to rear then drive and see if u still have the noise and vibration if drive yes while driving slowely turn the steering wheel left to right just a small amount if the noise changes its probably a front wheel bearing if that doesn.t help drive the truck till you get the vibration then let up on the gas pedal does the noise go away if so you might have a bad u_joint but do the tires first how many miles???????
I have the same problem, low speeds and only when i turn to the left, steering locks or jams, but only at low speeds, and parking lot manuevers. Will replace gear box, simple 3 or 4 bolts, and can easily be done in a drive way or home garage. Hope this helps! 90% its the gear box even if you have the right one already. Tips** you should have the 680 gear box and not the old one (670 3 bolt patter). The 680 should have 4 bolts. But there are issues and may need to be replaced. I had a faulty one!
Make sure that the coupling shaft from the column to the rack is tight at both ends. There is a pinch bolt on the ends. If they are tight try holding the shaft while turning. You will probably feel the clunking noise. If so replace the shaft.