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Old 01-20-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Scraping noise in steering column

When the car has sat in 30 degree or colder weather for 4 or more hours there is a scraping sound in the upper steering column when I crank the steering wheel more than half a turn. It is a 2004 with 80k. The wheel has never been off. Could the slip ring need grease? Appreciate any thoughts.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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There is a washer ring in the steering column. Dirt probably got in between. You will need to take the column out. Though it may seem to be coming from the upper part, most of the time, its the washer ring that is responsible for that scraping sound. Its a common problem with 3 series. I had that experience from my E36 and at times I have it with my E46 too.
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the brass clock spring needs to be greased - it is the electrical connection between the horn, etc and the car
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actually, I think it is the ground - but it is the same resolution to the scraping sound

it is not a safety hazard
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I replaced my signal talk this weekend and after putting the wheel & airbag back, I too started to hear that scraping sound every time I make a turn...planing to remove the steering wheel again and double check the entire column...I did saw some dirt while I was working on it, I should have air-sprayed and cleaned it
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So take off the steering wheel and lubricate the ring/ contacts?

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So take off the steering wheel and lubricate the ring/ contacts?

Thanks, guys.
FYI use the lug-nut remover from your tool kit to remove the steering wheel nut....trust me, removal is 100% smoother

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Old 01-22-2013, 07:19 PM   #9
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GREASE THE DAMN CLOCK SPRING - if the scraping noise is when you turn the wheel it is surely the lack of lubricant or dirt

the only other option is the plastic column trim rubbing the wheel
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