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Old 02-21-2008, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Steering wheel is noisy in very cold weather

Greetings Prelude fans,

The steering column on my '97 SH gets really noisy when the weather is cold. When I turn it from side to side I hear this screaching sound, most likely from plastic rubbing on plastic, but not really sure. Is it just me? Should I spray it down with silicone grease or something? It's starting to get annoying! any ideas?

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hmmm. almost sounds like your PS belt is slipping. thats the only thing that i can think of that will cause screeching noise when you turn the wheel.
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Nah, I know what that sounds like. This is coming from the steering column itself, inside the passenger area. Can't hear it outside the car. It sounds like it's coming from right where the steering wheel meets up with the base of the steering column. Could it be the ATTS sensor on the steering wheel?
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Nah, I know what that sounds like. This is coming from the steering column itself, inside the passenger area. Can't hear it outside the car. It sounds like it's coming from right where the steering wheel meets up with the base of the steering column. Could it be the ATTS sensor on the steering wheel?
that sensor is actually part of your combination switch so no, if that was the case im pretty sure your car would throw a code.

i cant think of what plastic on plastic would sound like. my car used to grown when turning wheel in the cold. changed ps fluid and it quit.
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Is the steering wheel possibly rubbing against the plastic steering column trim? You might just need to sand some plastic away.
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I had the opposite of this problem. Mine would squeek and actually bind up a bit when it was hot outside. I had to remove the wheel, and trim the collar with a dremel
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Sounds like I may have to trim something down as well. Weird that mine's the only one that does that. Unfortunately, it's too cold for me to do anything now.
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I'm pretty sure I know the noise your talking about, my 4th gen does this. ONLY when it's really cold out (maybe < 20F). It's been doing this the whole time I've had it (8 yrs). It's almost like the steering wheel is crying
Never felt like ripping it apart in the freezing cold and it's never effected anything so I just let it go. A day or two of >30F and it's happy again.
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yea..when you pull the wheel off, you will see. Mine was full of little white plastic shavings. It will be very evident where the source is. a word of caution: You will need a steering wheel puller, and make sure to disco the battery, because you must remove the airbag. Working with SRS is dangerous so be safe.
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yea..when you pull the wheel off, you will see. Mine was full of little white plastic shavings. It will be very evident where the source is. a word of caution: You will need a steering wheel puller, and make sure to disco the battery, because you must remove the airbag. Working with SRS is dangerous so be safe.
Ok, and thanks for the safety tip. When the weather gets nicer I'll try to take it apart and see if there's an easy fix.
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mine does this too, when its cold and wet outside, not so much when its <5 farenheit and dry out

its more like a creaking noise, like an old rocking chair, coming from right behind the steering wheel
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yup.mine was a squuuuueeeeeeeeek and sounded like a rocking chair. right behind the wheel. trust me, I know it's that collar.
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My Integra does the same in cold weather under 20*
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