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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sun, Jun-13-2010, 05:30:07 PM   #1
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Like it says, I have a very loud very annoying squeak in my steering wheel when I turn. Its an on and off thing and seems to occur more when its humid. But is there any fix for it? It is driving me nuts to the point I dont want to drive the car when its like that.
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I had a similar squeak when i bought my car 4 years ago. I sprayed some wd 40 on the bearing under the car (the one that is on the steering column) and its been quiet ever since.
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go to a bicycle store and buy a product called Tri Flow
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+1 on the Tri-Flow. Since it's basically a "dry" product, it doesn't attract dust and dirt.
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Default Re: Steering wheel squeak

Just noticed that tri flow comes in like 14 varieties. Any recommendation as to which version to get for lubing both steering wheel bearings?
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Whatever the variety that they use for bicycle applications.

FYI, the noise may not be the bearing. I had this same noise and it ended up being the slip ring. The only way that I was able to get the noise to disappear was when I replaced my steering wheel.
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Probably best just to replace #2-#5 on the column parts list all at once. Thats my next step.
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Probably best just to replace #2-#5 on the column parts list all at once. Thats my next step.
Yup. Don't have the diagram in front of me, but I did the triflo and it will stop the squeak. That said, after refreshing the throttle cable and shift bushings I'm thinking the steering would feel a lot better with a refresh. Also see the steering guibo DIY that was just posted.

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This seems to be a common problem with the E36 body. The best wright up I have seen is this one: http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=245961
Not a hard fix.
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Default Re: Steering wheel squeak

Just saw this got brought up again. Turns out the problem was the slip ring in the steering wheel. Fixed it, not a squeak since!
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