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Old 07-11-2015, 10:45 AM   #1
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Steering Wheel Noise

Do any of you Alpine owners experience a whirring noise when turning your steering wheel. It is kind of hard to describe the noise but it is louder the faster you turn the wheel. It sounds like it is coming from the part of the steering wheel assembly inside of the coach. My steering bracket is in good shape.
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Old 07-11-2015, 11:41 AM   #2
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Have you checked your hydraulic fluid levels?
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To go along with Bob's question, when was the last time the hydraulic filters were changed?
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Mine has always had a growl/squeal. The factory said it was normal and has been there for 10 years. We've learned to live with it as it is not real loud and only noticeable on slow curves.
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The search function on this site can be your friend....Fluid is a good place to start--many 2005s [maybe 06s too] uses engine oil in the hydraulics--many of those owners have since switched to AW46 [or other more exotic fluids] to replace the engine oil. Beyond the fluids issue, there is a rubber grommet in the floor that the steering shaft goes thru--that grommet can get dusty/dirty and squeak. While you have the plastic panel off that surrounds the steering shaft to lub the grommet, you can also grease the u-joint that almost no one knows is there.....cheers
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:17 PM   #6
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As Old Scout said, if the noise you hear is a rubber/plastic squeak when you turn the steering wheel, it could be the rubber boot where the steering shaft goes through the floor.

On our 2003, I accessed it and applied a liberal coating of plumber's clear silicone GREASE (any box store). Completely fixed the problem.
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It is hard to describe this noise. I have removed the plastic shroud. The noise can be duplicated by simply moving the steering wheel a few degrees each direction with the motor off. It feels like dull clicks but when moved fast when turning it sounds different. It is very hard for me to describe. I am going back out to lube the grommet and the universal. I will let you know what I find.
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Mine has always had a growl/squeal. The factory said it was normal and has been there for 10 years. We've learned to live with it as it is not real loud and only noticeable on slow curves.
We to have the same sound.I have replaced filters,fluid and lubed the steering shaft and are still left with the same sound.
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My noise is fixed. The grease between the boot and the steering outer tube was like glue. Lubed the universal also. It is still hard for me to believe that the sticky boot made that kind of noise.
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rrthor, thanks for posting this issue. greased mine today and the noise is all gone. cant believe i went this long with having to listen to the noise. Thanks
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Your welcome Dennis. Curious what type of grease you used. All I had on hand was NLGI#2. I am sure I will be back in there doing it again. Next time I will use what Wolfe10 suggested, clear silicone grease.
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rrthor, i used a white lithium spray grease.
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Hmmm. Maybe I need to lube the inside of the boot?
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All my steering wheel noise comes from the passenger seat
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