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Old 01-03-2019, 10:12 PM
 
Location: California
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I googled it and this sounds correct:

A creaking sound when turning your steering wheel may be nothing more than a sign that your suspension system needs lubrication, but it may be a sign of something more serious, including tie rod damage, power steering rack damage, or a failing strut/shock.

My 1st thought was to add Power Steering Fluid. This vehicle is not my daily driver and is garaged when not driven. I did just get new tires, after that it went to BMW to get 2 recalls fixed and they found 2 new items under warranty they fixed. Should I check with the BMW dealer Service Advisor? Then get an estimate and take it to my local shop?
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Depends where the noise is coming from. This is exactly what happened to tour Saturn Aura and the noise was definitely coming from the steering column. Needless to say, there were no quick fixes. This was partly the reason we sold it.
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Old 01-04-2019, 03:03 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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My old F150 did that was a bad pitman arm.
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:28 AM
 
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Does it sound like it's coming from the outside or inside? My car had a noise coming from the inside. To me it sounded like the steering wheel was making the noise when turning. But it ended up being the knuckle near the bottom of the steering column next to the pedals. I applied silicon grease I use for snorkel mask on it and the noise went away and haven't come back in 3 years.
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Old 01-05-2019, 10:28 AM
 
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Thanks for this thread, I have the same issue. Have not tried the silicon yet, one shop said it was a bushing in the steering column and would be an expensive fix. Once I try the silicon will report back.
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Old 01-05-2019, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lostsoul359 View Post
I googled it and this sounds correct:

A creaking sound when turning your steering wheel may be nothing more than a sign that your suspension system needs lubrication, but it may be a sign of something more serious, including tie rod damage, power steering rack damage, or a failing strut/shock.

My 1st thought was to add Power Steering Fluid. This vehicle is not my daily driver and is garaged when not driven. I did just get new tires, after that it went to BMW to get 2 recalls fixed and they found 2 new items under warranty they fixed. Should I check with the BMW dealer Service Advisor? Then get an estimate and take it to my local shop?

It could be, it could be, it could be. There are so many components in every car and every steering/suspension system that only a trained tech can diagnose it and tell you for sure. (Yes, some regular people are good with cars too, but it sounds like you are not all that familiar with cars, if you are asking this question)

Take it to a garage, have them look at it, and advise you if it is something serious or not. That noise is not normal, so something is going on.
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Old Yesterday, 09:16 PM
 
Location: mancos
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Happens to me no matter what I drive try joint supplements and drink lots of water.
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Old Today, 09:05 AM
 
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If you want to try to troubleshoot it yourself...

PS pump problem is more of a groan. It will be loudest when you turn the wheel when the car is stopped because that's when there's the most friction to overcome. It's coming from one side of the engine bay.

A bushing in the steering column in my car sounds like I have a tiny cow pastured below the steering wheel. You can try silicone.

Dried up tie rod end (that is, suspension) is a creak and kind of stutters. It sounds like exactly what is happening - a ball is moving in a socket with a lot force pressure on it but instead of moving smoothly (with grease) it's moving in little pops because there's no lubrication. I've never heard a dried up ball joint, but that's a bigger ball and socket under a lot more force, so I would think there would be bigger pops. Both of these should make noise when you turn the wheel and the car is still. If you put your hand on a suspension part when the wheel it turned you can feel it.

These are the noises I've heard (and fixed) in my own beater.
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Old Today, 09:47 AM
 
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Why not go to an independent repair shop?

My independent shop no charge to look.
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Old Today, 10:56 AM
 
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U-joints
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