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Old 04-10-2011, 12:02 AM
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I am hearing a squeaking noise in my steering column area, any idea what needs lubricating and where to do it to stop this?

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AZnewsh, there is a bushing in the firewall that needs a little bit of lubrication. take some 3-in-1 oil (or any light machine oil) and put it on the bushing. That should take care of your issue.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:17 AM
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Years ago I had a squeak under the seat in my '84 Sovereign. I tried to find the source for weeks and in the end I took it to my Jaguar Dealer (under warranty). They disappeared with it for 5 minutes, came back and said 'it's fixed'. I asked them how they found it so quickly and they said that a light spray with silicone spray fixed most squeaks.

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Thanks Thermo - do I access this from under the hood and what should I be looking for specifically, any chance of a photo?
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^Just follow the steering column in the driver's footwell where it meets the firewall. You'll see a rubber boot there. Lubricate that well.
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I have a sort of rubbing sound when I turn the wheel when the car is stationary. I sprayed some silicone spray between the wheel and column and it went away. But I will have my son spray some 3/1 oil on that bushing also
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What are these metal plates for? They attached the strut tower to the fender. Even has my machanic stumped. Are they some sort of brace? Thanks as always.

PS I got the PCV valve changed it was tough to get out, had to take off the air cleaner cover, and put a pair of pliers on the square upper portion and turned it counterwise and once I got the old one off the new one went in and I turned clockwise 1/2 a turn and it was tight. I also replace the hose to the manifold. As the parts person at Jaguar told me they have more problems with the hose then the valve. I shook the old valve a few times, barely heard anything, like in the new one, so I have to believe this was the original valve.
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Adam, the plates on the strut towers are there to help stiffen up the top of the strut to minimize the amount of body roll. If you want to make a bit more of an improvement, with a little bit of modification, you can make a bar that will run from one strut tower, to the firewall (center) and then to the other strut tower. What this will do is make it so as one tower gets loaded, it is going to transfer the stress to the center of the firewall and also over to the other tower. This will pretty much eliminate any flexing of the strut tower and improve the cornering of the car. A bar like that can probably be had for around $100 (USD).
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Adam, the plates on the strut towers are there to help stiffen up the top of the strut to minimize the amount of body roll. If you want to make a bit more of an improvement, with a little bit of modification, you can make a bar that will run from one strut tower, to the firewall (center) and then to the other strut tower. What this will do is make it so as one tower gets loaded, it is going to transfer the stress to the center of the firewall and also over to the other tower. This will pretty much eliminate any flexing of the strut tower and improve the cornering of the car. A bar like that can probably be had for around $100 (USD).
Thermo: I kinda thought these plates were a type of strut. I installed tower to tower strut bars on several cars, a Z3, Audi and a Mustang. The biggest difference I found were in the Z3 and Mustang as they were both convertibles and the strut made these cars handle and ride much better. I really don't feel a need for a tower to tower strut on the Jaguar, as I am very satisfied with the handling of the car. Thanks
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There was a Jag TSB on the squeaky steering whichg affected some X types,S Types and some X350's
You can buy 50ml of additive from a dealer which goes in the power steering reservoir and in most xases cures the squeak (did with mine and it had been driving me up the wall!)
If you look in the FAQ at the top of this forum you will see a link to sorting the problem and the TSB
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Thanks for the responses all, sorry for the late reply - been moving house, see how the cat does in Tucson in the heat - not impressed with the AC so far...
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Thanks for the responses all, sorry for the late reply - been moving house, see how the cat does in Tucson in the heat - not impressed with the AC so far...
Get it checked since we usually make a trip for a couple of weeks to the outer banks in NC. Last year the trip down took us 5 hours and the trip back (Labor day weekend) took us 10 hours! The temperature on both days was over 100 degrees and humid. The inside stayed a comfortable 72 degrees (what we set it for all year long).

I do the AC flush every year at my dealer though...it keeps the air fresh.
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