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Why Does My Steering Wheel Squeak When I Turn it?

Cars make a lot of noises. Some of them, like the powerful rev of a healthy engine, are music to your ears. Other sounds, like a squeaky steering wheel, can drive you crazy. So why does your steering wheel squeak, anyway? There are plenty of possible causes of that squealing or squeaking sound coming from your steering wheel. However, don’t panic because, for the most part, these are usually easy fixes. But the first thing you need to do is find the cause.

Common Problems

If you have some auto repair experience, you can probably find the cause yourself. However, it’s not always easy and if you don’t know where to look or what you’re looking for, you might need a Downey auto mechanic to diagnose and repair the problem for you. However, here are a few suggestions if you want to try it yourself first.

Suspension and Steering – One of the first places to examine is the suspension or a steering component. These can both be common causes of a squeaky wheel. The good news, this is generally easy to take care of. It all starts with proper lubrication. Without the right amount of lubrication, squeaking is inevitable. The hard part is pinpointing the exact location of the squeak, as it could be coming from several places. The seals, ball joints, universal joints, and tire rod ends all need sufficient lubrication to avoid squeaking.

Power Steering Fluid – This is also a good place to start because your fluid affects how your steering wheel feels and sounds. It’s very common to get a squeaking noise in your wheel when the power steering fluid gets low. In many cases, you just need to add some additional fluid and that will resolve the problem and eliminate the squeaking. If that doesn’t fix the problem, your fluid might be dirty or there could be an issue with the power steering pump. At Glenn’s Auto Repair, we will diagnose and fix this problem for you.

Steering Wheel Housing – There is another place to check if the first two options aren’t the answer. When the steering wheel housing rubs against the interior trim it wears the trim down. When these components rub against each other it causes a squeaking sound. If this is what’s causing your issue, you should bring your vehicle into Glenn’s Auto Service for professional repair. Generally, this is not a job you want to tackle on your own without the right equipment and experience.

Downey Mechanics Can Stop to That Squeak

Every car, truck, crossover, and SUV make a lot of noise. It’s just part of what vehicles do. Generally, you can tell the normal ones from the bad ones. So, if your steering wheel is making a bad sound whenever you turn, it’s time to get it checked out. You don’t have to live with that sound.

Just bring your car, truck, crossover, or SUV into Glenn’s Auto Repair for professional service every time. Our ASE certified technicians will find the cause of your squeaky wheel and put a stop to it. And if you need any other type of auto repair or service in Downey, CA then you can always count on Glenn’s Auto Service to get the job done right.

So please come see us at Glenn’s today for all your auto repair needs. We service most vehicles and do almost all repairs. Just call us at 562-359-4232 or click here to set up an appointment online. 

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