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Sqeaky Steering

Postby nhaynes » Sun 22.05.2016, 19:22

My Elan has developed squeaky steering when stationary or when jacked up and moving the wheels on the rack from side to side. It's not the normal hiss associated with all Elans. It's also not anything that sounds terribly bad like a grinding or mechanical knocking. I'm wondering whether something just needs greasing? My Elan is a 1992 SE with only 48,000 genuine miles and sits in my garage for 6 months during the winter. So, I suspect the squeak is a result of standing for long periods. I'd appreciate any feedback from anyone else that's experienced a similar issue and how it was fixed.
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Re: Sqeaky Steering

Postby HJ2 » Sun 22.05.2016, 20:56

Have a look at the rubber grommet that seals the steering shaft behind the pedals. This is probably the culprit.
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Re: Sqeaky Steering

Postby nhaynes » Tue 24.05.2016, 18:31

Hey great shout HJ2! A tiny application of grease around the lower steering column beneath the UV joint just around where it touches the rubber grommet; squeak fixed! Appreciate your excellent advice.
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Re: Sqeaky Steering

Postby HJ2 » Tue 24.05.2016, 18:50

:cheers: Good that it is solved. I had the same problem for many moons and found the cause only recently whilst changing the steering rack. :lol:
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Re: Sqeaky Steering

Postby tigerdog » Wed 25.05.2016, 01:44

:smt023 nice bit of remote diagnostic work!
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Re: Sqeaky Steering

Postby Giniw » Wed 25.05.2016, 11:20

Any photo by any chance?
I will have a look because mine is noisy indeed. I thought it was normal because of its reputation.
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Re: Sqeaky Steering

Postby nhaynes » Wed 25.05.2016, 19:29

Steering column seal1.jpg

Picture attached above. The rubber seal is quite obvious to see at the end of the steering column beneath the UV joint. Place your head in the drivers footwell and look between the clutch and brake pedals. To fix the squeak, push the seal down to expose the running surface of the column. Lightly grease this and then pull the seal back to original position.
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Re: Sqeaky Steering

Postby HJ2 » Wed 25.05.2016, 20:07

... Looks familiar. I've now seen it from below as well :oops:
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Re: Sqeaky Steering

Postby Saltire » Wed 25.05.2016, 20:10

nhaynes wrote:
Steering column seal1.jpg

Picture attached above. The rubber seal is quite obvious to see at the end of the steering column beneath the UV joint. Place your head in the drivers footwell and look between the clutch and brake pedals. To fix the squeak, push the seal down to expose the running surface of the column. Lightly grease this and then pull the seal back to original position.


As a matter of interest, Neil, [and HJ2], did you just use ordinary grease, or something posh like lithium or Copaslip?
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Re: Sqeaky Steering

Postby HJ2 » Wed 25.05.2016, 20:51

I used brake grease. not temperature dependent, is rubber compatible (but not for the bedroom :lol: ) and it's easy to reach to smear another blob once in a while.
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Re: Sqeaky Steering

Postby Saltire » Thu 26.05.2016, 07:05

Thanks, HJ2, noted and filed under "Little jobs for the weekend" :)
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Re: Sqeaky Steering

Postby Giniw » Thu 26.05.2016, 16:00

Thanks a lot!
I think silicon grease is all right since it's supposed to be OK for rubber seals.
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