I have replaced the rack bushings in my car twice. The second time was under warranty. Both times the guy kept the car for 48 hours and didn't give me a car that steered straight when I got it back.
Now the steering wheel is squeaking every time I maneuver into a parking spot. At least that's when I am most likely to hear it.
She has 182K on her, won't pass e-check this spring and the tranny shop said she was showing signs of "significant wear." I am really, really, really hoping to save enough for a replacement by spring. But meanwhile, any idea what this could be?
my old new yorker used to do that too when it was real cold. never figured it out though. either the bearing in the column by the wheel, or where it goes through the rubber boot near the floor. either isn't a safety problem though.
It's a definite high pitched squeak, which I don't notice unless I'm driving at a low speed and yes, with the heat off.
I never noticed it in the summer, but maybe it was going and I didn't hear because the windows were open (No AC)
And yes, it definitely has cooled to the 40s-50s. Last week I took it to get the oil changed and didn't notice it after. I just remembered that we had a couple of unseasonably warm days and that's when I didn't notice it. As soon as the cold and rain returned, so did the squeak.
a high pitched squeak is probably the rubber boot the steering column shaft goes through.
i had suprising success spraying armor-all in the area the noise comes from,under the dash.
i guess it has a little silicone in it.
i found the bushings difficult to replace in the car,some guys like to remove the racks to replace the bushings,which would explain the off centre steering,and the squeak,as the steering shaft and rubber has been disturbed,most likely the grease was wiped off.