View Full Version : N15 SSS - Loose Feeling in Steering Wheel

05-01-2016, 11:53 PM
Hey guys!

For a while now, I've been suffering from a loose feeling in my steering wheel. It is most noticeable when going over bumpy road surfaces and is accompanied by an audible "rattling" sound that seems to be coming from inside the dash somewhere along the steering column. I feel like there's some issue in the steering column, but I could be wrong.

I have done the following so far:

Brand new left and right outer tie-rod ends. Inner tie-rod end ball-joints in good working order.
Wheel alignment
Tested rack bushings with pry bar and little or no play in rack

Are there any serviceable items in the steering column I should try replacing? Any other thoughts?

I will mention that I'm quite sure that my struts are fairly well completely shagged, but not sure if they could be contributing in some way to this issue.

Boosted VLAD
06-01-2016, 09:40 AM
There is a Uni joint on the firewall covered by a big black boot, they can flog out and give you slack between the steering wheel and the rack itself

Have the car off and have someone quickly wiggle the steering wheel from left to right (just the slack part of the movement) and listen to where the noise is actually coming from, if there's play somewhere it will make a sound