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I noticed just the other day a noise coming out of my steering wheel when I turn it ..it sounds like you are rubbing two plastic parts together ..it is faint but if you have the radio off you can plainly hear it. When I turn the engine off and I turn the steering wheel, I don't hear it.. When I open the drivers side door to see if I can hear it outside .... I don't..... It's a 2007 with 24,000 K on it... still under warranty....
 

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I had a similar issue back in 2005. On another site, I described it as sounding like a guinea pig and a few other people that had the issue agreed. My dealership replaced the steering rack to fix it. Since then, a TSB has been issued that might help. Check the following link:

http://www.fcsdchemicalsandlubricants.com/fad/tsb/04101.pdf

Another person on that site followed the TSB but it didn't help. He later discovered the noise was coming from the boot in the floorboard. I don't know what he did to the boot to fix the noise. He didn't get into details.

Hope this helps.
 

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Here's the local version of that TSB:
viewtopic.php?f=24&t=85&p=576

If the squeak is from the column boot, some silicone grease should fix it. Otherwise, replace the power steering fluid reservoir with Mercon V and repeat that again after a few days of driving.
 

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I just checked again..when I shut off the engine it doesn't do it when I turn the steering wheel left to right.

Is this something I can bug the dealer for? The truck still is under warranty...
 

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You can bug the dealer for it. If they try to blow you off, refer them to TSB 06-23-3.
 

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I just came back from the dealer...I showed him the TSB number... and he had no problem with it... He said he flushed out the steering oil and replaced it with Mercon V. He said the noise will disappear in 2 to 3 weeks as the oil gets worked in. Is he hosing me.... or is that a fact?
 

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Is 2 to 3 weeks all you have left on your warranty? :lol:

I don't know, it might be true. Do you know if he lubricated the steering column boot?
 

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He lubricated the boot..wrote in on the 'no charge' bill. I got around 7 months left on my bumper to bumper warranty.Also had him replace 2 swaybar links.
 

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Did he charge you for replacing the fluid? That should have been covered by warranty.
 

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I'm most interested to see if yours is resolved after a couple of weeks. We just had our 2002 Escape flushed a few days ago. The noise has been intermittent for us, and is still there. :whistle:

At least this seems not to be a safety issue, just annoying. :cuss:
 

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It's still there but 50% less noticeable.I think I am going to have to live with it.
 

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Thanks Mike.

Ours is still the same. My wife thinks it's heat related as it's worse on the hotter days. :bic:

I might try some conditioner of some sort in the PS system. The question is what to use. :whistle:
 

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BTW,the steering squeal is still there..sort of got more noticeable with the cold weather..go figure..

I wonder really how true the Ford dealers word is.... He told me they flushed the steering fluid out ... as per the TSB... somehow I don't believe them...

My bumper to bumper warranty is coming to an end this mid December.... I wonder if I should bug them about it... there might be problems that might develop down the road with this squeal.
 

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I'd push it with them. If for no other reason than to let them know and understand that you are particular about your car and just slapping anything down isn't going to work with you. You want the best! Especially for something safety related. It's not just a squeek in the dash. It's your steering! Safety first, last, and always! ;)
 

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I agree. Get it fixed while you can.. Steering racks aren't cheap.

BTW, ours quieted down as it got colder, just the opposite of yours...Hmmm
 
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