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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.

Any help or guidance is greatly appreciated.

Chris

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  • Anonymous Oct 19, 2008

    i have the same thing going on my 1993 2500 truck ,it dont start until you drive it for 10 minutes

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    I notice a grinding noise coming from my car when i'm in reverse or turn the wheel slightly, but its not the power steering.

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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.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008

  • Daniel Jenkins
    Daniel Jenkins Oct 17, 2008

    could also be your power steering pump as well

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The squeek in the front may just be the adjustable hood stoppers. Try adjusting and lubing them.

Posted on Nov 09, 2008

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