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Steering noise

Post by Bmac » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:26 pm

Hi,
I have a weird noise coming from the back of the steering wheel. It sounds like a ball bearing race crunching sound. Also does a bit of squeaking. Any thoughts?



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Re: Steering noise

Post by SuperHerman » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:42 pm

First place to check is the bearing at the rubber boot. Follow the column all the way to the floor from the inside driver's side and have a look. If you cannot tell, take a picture of the junction and post. There is a big rubber boot there.
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Re: Steering noise

Post by Bmac » Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:05 pm

That's great thank you. Will get into it :)



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Re: Steering noise

Post by SuperHerman » Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:41 pm

I should have added - the fix is to push the bearing back down. Not much to it. If you do some searching you will find pictures of correct and incorrect. The set up is the same for just about any 2000 to 2010 Volvo (maybe more).
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Re: Steering noise

Post by Bmac » Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:47 pm

What is it called?



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Re: Steering noise

Post by Bmac » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:15 am

Theres a knuckle joint behind the rubber boot. It is noisy when i turn the wheel. Any idea how i fix it?



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Re: Steering noise

Post by oragex » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:17 am

As Herman says, start by checking the small bearing inside the top of the big rubber boot - get it out, clean the rust, some grease and back

The lower steering coupler is known to seize but I haven't heard it getting noisy

See this video at 6:10 - the securing wing bolt torque is 30 Nm (22 ft.lb) important to tighten it correctly. The bearing appears out of the boot (but must stay inside). The boot is secured to the floor with a large spring clip www.youtube.com/watch?v=37u_oQ0Q0Gc


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DIY Volvo repairs videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... s0FSVSOT_c

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Re: Steering noise  Topic is solved

Post by Bmac » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:28 pm

See pic attached.
Mine looks very different to the video. 2003 XC90
It is the knuckle joint in the pic making a noise when rotating
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Re: Steering noise

Post by jamadams » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:07 pm

I had the same "loose" feeling in the steering, with 1-2 degrees of free play.
I tightened the pinch bolt on the U-joint coupler. you can see both bolts in the picture. it was the top bolt, inside the car that fixed the looseness. But, I did have to go beyond 22 ft lbs.
Car drives great now.



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