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Old 05-09-2013, 08:12 AM
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I am hearing a sort of "rubbing" or "grinding" coming from my steering column when turning the wheel. It isnt very loud (can only hear it when the radio is off and im driving reasonably slowly). To me it sounds like the edge of something plastic behind the steering wheel is rubbing slightly against something plastic in the column. Wondering if anyone else is hearing this, if its something that is unusual, and if anyone else has heard it, does it go away over time or does it need to be looked into by the service department.

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Going back to my plant days... This may be what's called the clockspring inside the column, which is all part of the turn signal switch housing. It is a ribbon circuit which winds and unwinds as you turn the wheel, it carries the circuits for horn, air bag, turn signals, etc. I would take it to the dealer who will have to pull the steering wheel and see if the clockspring is wound properly. At the assembly line, it's important the column/wheels be prevented from rotating while this part is installed, and once assembled, the assembler pulls a plastic grenade pin to release the column so it will turn. Supposed to be an error-proofed installation, but there have been noisy ones (usually they click) if they somehow got unwound too far. It may be minor and normal.... you decide....
On the other hand, it could be something else.
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Going back to my plant days... This may be what's called the clockspring inside the column, which is all part of the turn signal switch housing. It is a ribbon circuit which winds and unwinds as you turn the wheel, it carries the circuits for horn, air bag, turn signals, etc. I would take it to the dealer who will have to pull the steering wheel and see if the clockspring is wound properly. At the assembly line, it's important the column/wheels be prevented from rotating while this part is installed, and once assembled, the assembler pulls a plastic grenade pin to release the column so it will turn. Supposed to be an error-proofed installation, but there have been noisy ones (usually they click) if they somehow got unwound too far. It may be minor and normal.... you decide....
On the other hand, it could be something else.
Do you feel it in the steering wheel? Curious if you have air suspension?
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Do you feel it in the steering wheel? Curious if you have air suspension?
I do not feel anything in the the steering wheel at all. And I do have the air suspension. I did some listening last night and it definitely sounds to me like its coming from the general area where the wheel attaches to the column, but something could be funneling the sound from elsewhere and that is just where it is escaping.
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Mine does it too.. it's the plastic on the back of the steering wheel rubbing the plastic on the dash/ column... Only hear it when the radio's off..
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My plan is to take the truck into the shop this week for a few items and I will bring it up to the folks there, see if it is a common issue, if it can be fixed, etc. Will post the results.
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I had that issue, rubbing when turning the wheel. I have the air ride, it has nothing to do with that. I took mine into the dealership and it turned out it was wires that were rubbing up against it. They moved the wires out of the way and re-routed them so they won't get in the way. Now there are no issues! Dealership should fix it without a problem.
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Dealer service department completely let me down. (separate post on the big issue to come) Claimed they could not reproduce the problem, obviously not true, but said they "lubricated a dust cover" which I am also 99% sure is not true. I have to return to service department for another issue and will have someone come sit in the truck with me to ensure they hear it but im not very happy with the result at all.
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Finally got the service department to "hear" the sound and attempt a fix. They in fact report it to be the clockspring and state that the part is on backorder. They will notify when part is in, and fix at that time. They insist there is no safety issue with it. Of course, with all the issues im having with the service department im not sure how much I really believe them at this point.
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