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Old 04-16-2012, 02:10 PM
sevenseries sevenseries is offline
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Steering wheel noise/creak/squeak/rubbing when tilting

I have a rubbing sound in my steering wheel, but not when I'm turning. When I first power on the car and the steering wheel tilt adjusts to my preset, there is a squeaking/ rubbing noise coming from just behind the leather shroud. It almost sounds like the hinge that the steering wheel tilts on needs grease. It's much louder and more pronounced in hot weather. Has anybody else experienced this? Is there an easy diy fix?

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Old 04-16-2012, 02:57 PM
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There is a thread about this. In my 03, it was the up/down movement that caused the noise, and it's a bit tricky to get at the gears to lubricate. Dealer will suggest replacing whole unit for $1000+.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:52 PM
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Excellent! Any ideas what to search for to find the thread? I have an 03 as well, and it sounds like the same problem.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:51 AM
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http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...g+wheel+column

The thread starts regarding the column not moving properly, but a few posts down there is a question about the noise, and the fix is to lubricate the worm gear. There is a description on getting to it. I removed the cowling around the lower part of the column, but that only provided access to the in/out worm gear. You have to get to the upper worm gear to get the up/down squeak fixed. I sold the car before I tried that. the thread does describe how to get at the upper gear.

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Old 04-17-2012, 04:07 PM
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The thread starts regarding the column not moving properly, but a few posts down there is a question about the noise, and the fix is to lubricate the worm gear. There is a description on getting to it. I removed the cowling around the lower part of the column, but that only provided access to the in/out worm gear. You have to get to the upper worm gear to get the up/down squeak fixed. I sold the car before I tried that. the thread does describe how to get at the upper gear.

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Thank you, I'll check this out.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:41 PM
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Thank you, I'll check this out.
did you ever get this problem fixed?
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