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Old 01-05-2019, 05:22 PM
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Noise surfaces after intensive turning IE u-turns etc. sounds like a spring contracting &/or reeling ?! I've researched the forum & found it could be either the air bag seat springs or the clock spring. Hopefully it's the air bag springs as I'm replacing the wheel in the coming days. Anyways here it is, anyone have a definite answer as to if it's the clock spring I'd like to go ahead & order it & have it done when I replace the wheel.


 

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Old 01-06-2019, 11:40 AM
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try and replicate as you remove parts, then see if it can be fixed or replaced.
The bulkhead seal that the column runs through to the rack could be damaged, have a loo in the footwell.
 

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US cars do not have a loo in the footwell, we're more civilized than that.
 
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Going to go w/ just doing the wheel first if it's still there I will do the clock spring.
 

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Is it the squealing/whining noise you're talking about, or the creaking?
Mine started creaking/clicking several months ago when turning sometimes, the interface between parts of the plastic cover that goes around the steering wheel center is causing it. Maybe cleaning it with some dry lube would solve the problem, or some of that automotive felt trim tape, haven't had a chance to try yet. I can replicate mine by flexing the steering wheel (as if checking for bearing play) or squeezing the plastic bits by hand.
 
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The video tells the tale, it sounds like reeling or a spring being stretched.
 
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Do you feel it at your feet when it makes the click ?

I think I have the same issue, but it only makes the noise on large degree turns.
 
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Do you feel it at your feet when it makes the click ?

I think I have the same issue, but it only makes the noise on large degree turns.
No feels, it's just auditory.
 
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Try a light spray of WD40 or equivalent between the steering wheel and post, us the spray straw (do a search on removing the steering wheel, clock spring, or multifunction switch to see pictures of where the clock spring sits vis a vis the steering wheel). Light spray will quiet it down. Had to do it twice in the three years I owned the XJ8L. Worked both times.
 
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