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2002 Toyota Highlander, 81000 miles, 2.4 Liter, 4 cylinder
Have tried silicone spray and WD-40
Checked that. This squeak is coming from the top of the column right behind the horn/airbag assembly between the rotating steering wheel head and top of the column.
Ok, thanks for the reply. If the noise is from up top (and you are sure that the noise is not traveling up the column) then the steering coulmn cover behind the wheel needs to be removed to inspect with a stethoscope. If the noise goes away then this is a cover issue. If not: The only other part that moves in this area would be the SIR coil (also called a clock spring by some). Sometimes these will get noisey and cause this however replacing this components requires removing the air bag and steering wheel, not to be attempted by anyone that is not properly trained in air bag safety and repair procedures. let me know what you find here. There is a serive bulletin for a cover noise on this year but you need to remove the cover to verify first. If this does not resolve anything then it will need some tear down to trace, most likely related to the bulletin, clcik the link below.Thanks!