Originally Posted by 02jeepliberty
Every once in awhile when I turn my steering wheel, it squeaks. What is it from, and how do I go about fixing it? Thanks in advanced
There is a small bearing at the top of the column and a larger one at the bottom of the column...maybe one of them is starting to pack up?
You should put the front end on jacks and try turn the wheel to see if you can locate where the noise is coming from.
These bearings are not available from the Dealers.....they insist that you have to buy the complete steering shaft assembly!
I replaced my top bearing due to the original one seizing up....I bought a bearing 7 mm thick, 37 mm outer diameter, 26 mm inner diameter from a bearing supplier for about $3.00.
You need to remove the complete steering assembly by undoing the universal joint in the engine bay, disconnect the battery so your airbag does not go off and remove the steering wheel, clockspring (make a note of how this comes off...you need to align a flag up in a clear plastic window when putting it back...instructions are on the assembly) and unbolt the mounting bolts.
The inner shaft is held in place under spring tension by some metal clips at the bottom...remove the clips and you can pull the shaft out and inspect the bearings. The top bearing is not a snug fit but is pulled downwards under the spring tension and rides on an "O" ring. Maybe you can re-grease the bearings instead of replacing them!