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Old 01-29-2007, 08:14 AM
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Question steering wheel

I have a very annoying squeak in my steering wheel as I am making turns. I have removed it and cleaned the contact pins and rings and greased them with a LOT of grease but the squeak remains. I have checked and no plastic parts are making contact to be a possible source.

I have heard there are bearings in there that sometimes go bad and can cause this. My wheel has no wiggle play in it so I am guessing they are in pretty good condition.

Can anyone tell me how to get to them and if they can be greased or do that have to be replaced? If replaced, how do I do that?

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Two things you might want to check out, if you tightened it to much, you might get a squeek, and also the u-joint under the dash may be the problem. If you think it's the berring in the column, try a shot of wd 40 down the column, I don't think it will hurt anything, and if it goes away, buy lots of wd 40 hahaha. good luck.

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my 97 does the same thing when i turn sometimes... the only cure ive found is to turn the radio up louder... let me knoe when you get it fixed and how you fixed it.
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My truck did that when I bought it, but the wheel was also sloppy. I got a whole new, used column. If you cant get to the squeak, try taking it out of the truck. They are not hard to get out. You should be able to determine if the bearings are OK.
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Old 01-30-2007, 11:24 PM
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I know you can get some internal column parts from LMC truck!!
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Mine makes a pretty hellatious moan when I turn. I've just been ignoring it. It all started when I got the ball joint replaced and new tires.
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currently my problem is not knowing where to look for the bearings or if I can simply grease them once I do find them. Can you tell me what and where to look for them?

Thanks!
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:33 AM
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Go to your local ford parts department. The parts guy will be able to pull up an exploded view of the steering column and print it out for you. It may be somewhere on the net, but it'd probably be easier to find by asking the parts guy.

BTW, I just did some searches on NLOC (Lightning forums) for '93 steering columns issues (which are the same as ours). Many of the trucks over there have had bearings go bad. They say it starts with a squeak that then turns into a moan. Then the wheels gets hard to turn and doesn't come back to center as quickly. I couldn't find any diagrams, but the common fix is to just get a used column and swap it out.

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Old 02-06-2007, 08:56 PM
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I Had The Same Symptoms On My 99 F250 And Swore It Was In The Column Bearing Or Some Plastic Making Contact Because It Sounded Like It Was Coming From Somewhere Up High On The Column, But It Was In The Gasket Going Through The Firewall. A Little Grease And No More Squeak.
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Hey doordude, welcome to the forum, glad to have you here, look around and enjoy the site. Don't forget to introduce yourself in the intro forum, filling out the sig is easy, just go to user cp and fill it out. Have fun, and feel free to ask for help and give opinions. thats why were all here.

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