Steering wheel making funny noise

My steering wheel is making a funny noise when I am turning.
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Is this noise coming from inside as if from the column itself? Or is the noise coming from under your hood in the engine area? Do you hear it under the car? When you turn your steering wheel it is important to remember that a noise could be coming from either the steering or suspension systems meaning the problem could be with the pump, belt, and hoses that supply the necessary pressure to the hydraulic cylinders that turn your cars tires in the direction you want, or the noise could be coming from a suspension component such as ball joints, control arm bushings, or a tie rod, or pittman arm. All of these move with the steering, and a dry or worn bushing could be the culprit. I would recommend enlisting the help of the mechanic to diagnose the noise that is coming from your steering wheel.

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Noises from your steering wheel most often indicate problems with your suspension system as a whole. Check these out to know if it`s time to head to your mechanic: Power Steering Pump Failure: If your power steering pump fails, your car will become increasingly difficult to turn and it can make whining noises.
Power Steering System: If you hear a loud screech or whine as you make your turns, you may have an issue with the power steering system. Sometimes a simple fluid top-off is all that is required, in other cases, major repairs are needed. Tie Rods: A clunking sound as you turn can be a sign of a loose or busted tie rod.
If your BMW is making a whining noise, the most likely cause is low power steering fluid. Other problems include a bad power steering pump. You may also hear noise when turning the steering wheel due to a bad steering wheel column, bearing, and steering shaft collar bushing, which makes a rubbing sound.
Clicking or grinding sounds while turning the steering wheel. Another common warning sign of an issue with the steering column is audible. If you hear squeaking, grinding, clicking or clunking sounds when you turn the steering wheel, it`s most likely coming from the internal gears or bearings inside the steering column …
If you hear a clunking sound when you turn your steering wheel slightly then the metal U-joints might be rubbing against the steering shaft. You can try applying lubricant to the joints to see if that solves the problem.

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Steering wheel does not center
ANSWER : The problem to me sounds like you have worn out bushings that hold the power steering rack and pinion assembly. This is why your steering wheel gets off center in the direction of the turn. Have the steering inspected and the bushings replaced if they are bad. You should have no problems then.

My car has like a winding noise when driving if i turn the steering wheel left the noise goes away but then when i steer straight
ANSWER : Hi There,
What you are describing sounds like a wheel bearing that may be starting to fail. If the sounds is more pronounced when turning specific ways, this indicates that it is usually the opposite wheel bearing of the way you are turning (i.e. that bearing is taking on more of a load and thus making the noise). A wheel bearing will usually fail due to pitting or small damage on the surface of the rollers or the bearing race. Both the surface of the rollers and the race is precision machined to tight tolerances and highly polished to allow the rollers to pass easily over the race with the addition of bearing grease for lubrication and cooling. Over time the bearing will wear slightly, allowing microscopic pieces of metal into the grease. These microscopic pieces of metal, as well as any contamination that gets into the bearing, will wear away at the highly polished surfaces causing pitting and deformation. Since so much weight is riding on your wheel bearings, and so much load is put on them in corners, even the smallest amount of surface damage to your bearing can cause a lot of noise. I would suggest having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

Steering wheel makes loud groaning noise
ANSWER : From the information provided on your Pontiac, it leads me to believe that there may be an issue with your power steering pump. A test you can perform, only if you are comfortable, involves open the hood after the engine has been off and locating the power steering reservoir. You can refer to your owner’s manual for the exact location. You will then want to check the level of the fluid in the reservoir. If the fluid is low, then it is an indication that the Pontiac has a leak in the power steering system. If the fluid is full then it is likely you have a failing power steering pump. To know exactly what is going on with your Grand Prix, I highly recommend enlisting the assistance of a certified mechanic who can diagnose and repair your issue.

grinding noise while turning right or driving straight
ANSWER : Hello. If the noise is still there when the engine is off and if you are not turning the wheel, then it is typically either a failing bearing in the rear differential or it can be a failure in the transfer case if it is four wheel drive.

The transfer case is a very common failure on this vehicle. If it is two wheel drive then I typically start by draining the oil from the rear differential and inspecting the fluid for metal.

Any metal in the fluid indicates a bearing failure. If that is also fine, then it may be an issue within the transmission. It may be a failure in one of the thrust bearings. If you need to get this looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose your car’s grinding noise.

My steering wheel squeaks when turning left
ANSWER : The problem does need to be fixed. The steering wheel shaft may be binding in the steering column. You may also have another problem with the front end if the squeaking noise is not coming from the steering column. If the column is squeaking then you should have a mechanic come look at it and diagnose the issue. Only a qualified mechanic should inspect it since the air bags on the steering wheel may need to be removed to diagnose and complete the repairs. A certified mobile YourMechanic can come examine the problem at your home or office.

Steering wheel gets stuck left, grinding noise – 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
ANSWER : Hello. It sounds like the steering gear box and/or the power steering pump is going bad. The steering gear box is what is allowing the wheels to turn left and right when using the steering wheel. There are gears and other moving parts in the gear box that can get binded up or get stuck. The power steering pump also has internal parts that wear out and may make steering difficult. Have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, inspect the steering system and make the necessary repairs.

steering wheel won’t unlock my key turns only to turn lights on but that’s it can’t unlock steering wheel to start the car what to
ANSWER : The steering lock may not be unlocking either due to a faulty ignition lock housing or more commonly as the cars age a faulty spring at the steering wheel on the under side of the column. If the ignition lock housing is the issue the housing can be replaced. It s a bit tricky as the mounting bolt has break off heads and generally need to be driven out with a punch. If the lock is not disengaging because of a faulty spring on the ignition lock many owners have had the spring removed by having it drilled out of the housing. However, removing the spring may permanently disable the steering lock. The last option would be to replace the steering column. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic who can recommend the proper repair for your situation.

Steering wheel noise, wheels rolled over the tires’ sidewall
ANSWER : Hello there, this is not a common fault on the 2002 Mercedes CL500. There are a few potential causes for a clunk like this. The most likely would be a failed ball joint, failing power steering rack, tie rod end, or a strut mount. If the tires sidewall appears damaged it should not be driven on as sidewall damage can cause tire failure. A qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to diagnose this popping noise and address the tire sidewall condition.