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Thread: Steering column squeak

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    Steering column squeak

    Have just noticed squeak when I turn the wheel. Somewhat intermittent but annoying and needs to get remedied pronto. I have 32,000 on my 2001 euro. Sounds like a bushing.

    Has anyone else encountered this?

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    No, but this is something to check because it could be the steering lock which has caused some owners to get literally 'locked out'.
    Andrew Macpherson

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    I had the same (I believe) squeak at 77,000 miles. The cause was "power steering supply and return lines leaking". Replaced hoses and it has been quiet since.
    Skip Hammerman

    2002 BMW Z8 - Meisterschaft GT, PP installed, CDV delete. 100,000 Mile Club
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    I also had the high and low pressure power steering lines replaced, but with my car I don't recall intermittent squeaking noise. I would also check to determine if the accessory belt is giving away that powers the power steering pump (and other systems).
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    Beyond the Valley of Z8 Madness Z-acht's Avatar
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    I have the squeaking noise when the car is cold. After 10 minutes it is gone.
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    Took her in to Erhard BMW in West Bloomfield. They think (but didn't seem overly confident) that it is the slip ring.

    I didn't authorize the work as they need to get a couple sensors to quiet my engine light which greeted me when I brought her out of storage. Inlet cam and Post CAT Bank 2 O2 sensors. As diff banks I'm assured that both need to be replaced. A smidge over $1K for both.

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    Z8 Ate My Homework! Norcal's Avatar
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    How many miles on the car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norcal View Post
    How many miles on the car?
    32,300 give or take.

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