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suzuki XL7: suzuki xl7 2007 Steering wheel squeaks after car

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suzuki xl7 2007 Steering wheel squeaks after car wash. noise doesn't stop
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Tom replied 1 year ago.
Is the noise inside the vehicle or at the wheels?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

The noise is at the steering wheel inside the vehicle.

Expert:  Tom replied 1 year ago.
Ok but at the bottom towards the floor board correct?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

No, at the top of the steering wheel.

Expert:  Tom replied 1 year ago.
Unless there are signs of water geting into the vehicle then the noise has to be traveling from the bottom of the steering knuckle bushing and water getting into that bushing from the under carriage wash. Does this sound possible?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

No water gets into vehicle at a car wash. Grating noise occurrs at top of steering wheel. suzuki maintains the steering column is sealed and water cannot get in .

Expert:  Tom replied 1 year ago.
It is sealed the only noise could be from the srs cable reel was this checked?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

suzuki teck states there are no belts involved in steering.

Expert:  Tom replied 1 year ago.
The only item is the cable reel also called a clock spring for the srs system behind the steering wheel. Unless the steering column covers are rubbing against the wheel then the lower steering column bushing needs to be checked as well as the cable reel . These are the only items that can cause this issue. Hoped this helped.Please rate excellent service so I can get Credit for my help thanks. Bonuses greatly appreciated. Have a safe and Happy Holiday!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Please provide some diagrams or photos of (1) steering wheel covers (2) cable reel or clock spring for srs system behind steering wheel


(3)lower steering column bushing


 


Is this a safety issue at this stage?

Expert:  Tom replied 1 year ago.
If it's the bushing its a safety issue the steering column covers are the two clam shell covers the cover the ignition switch and top of the steering column and the cable reel is behind the steering wheel. This link should help.
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