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Old 04-25-2021, 05:46 PM   #1
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Comfort Steer Squeeking

I just picked up a gently used (10,000 miles) 2019 Ventana and after driving it back to Texas it has developed a squeak in the steering when turning left, primarily. When the wheel is centered, the slightest amount of wheel correction to the left will make this very noticeable sound. A more pronounced sound will occur when turned to the stops, either right or left.

This is my 3rd Newmar and never have experienced this sound. I'm remembering this subject has come up before, but I can't seem to locate the thread. Can anyone help?
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Old 04-25-2021, 06:00 PM   #2
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mine does it too - itís minor and doesnít seem to be an issue but Iíd like to know what it is and if it needs an adjustment or something
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localize where the squeak is coming from. You can try to pull up on the wheel / push down to isolate to the column bearings. A mechanic stethoscope helps to localize.
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Old 04-25-2021, 07:13 PM   #4
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Old 04-25-2021, 07:39 PM   #5
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localize where the squeak is coming from. You can try to pull up on the wheel / push down to isolate to the column bearings. A mechanic stethoscope helps to localize.
It doesn’t sound like a bearing squeak or metal on metal - mine sounds somewhat electronic if that makes any sense

I forgot to mention it to the folks at Nappanee last month but the tech drove it about a dozen times and he never said anything about it. So it might be normal.
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No one has said if it sounds like it's inside the coach (steering column) or outside, like the steering mechanism. If inside, I would remove the rubber boot and lube the heck out of every visible joint and spot where one part turns or twists against another..
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No one has said if it sounds like it's inside the coach (steering column) or outside, like the steering mechanism. If inside, I would remove the rubber boot and lube the heck out of every visible joint and spot where one part turns or twists against another..
Mine sounds like it’s up in the hub of the steering wheel, not lower in the steering gear. Maybe like a couple contacts drying out now that you mention lube. And it’s not loud at all - hardly noticeable unless I’m listening for it.
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Thanks for the thoughts, guys. I really don't think it's a mechanical sound, rather something to do with the electronics on the comfort steer. Maybe the sound is more like a dry rubber squeegee on glass. Or a dry rubber sleeve moving inside a metal shaft? And when at full stop, the sound intensifies...no lubing is going to cure THAT noise.
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I had what I would describe as a squeak when the steering wheel was moved slightly. I found the noise was coming from the plastic(?) bushing at the bottom of the column where it passes through the floorboard. Sprayed some dry silicone on it and its been quiet for a year.
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I had what I would describe as a squeak when the steering wheel was moved slightly. I found the noise was coming from the plastic(?) bushing at the bottom of the column where it passes through the floorboard. Sprayed some dry silicone on it and its been quiet for a year.
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I have a 2019 Ventana, purchased a few months ago at 10,000 miles. My squeak got more pronounced as I added 3,000 miles. The tech at the dealership (Tom Lindstrom in Moorpark, CA) I purchased it is excellent. He says there is a sensor at the bottom of the steering shaft that can rub and apparently is common. He told me to spray a silicone-based lubricant into that hole, even though it is dark and near impossible to see anything. I did a test spray and it reduced the squeak significantly. Next week when we depart where we are currently at, I will spray it heavily and see if it goes away completely.
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Mine moans. The sound is sorta funny. I was going to point it out to FL next week, but it appears it’s very common.
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Mine does it too. When driving down the road do not hear it because of road noise Notice it when backing up or driving slow.
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I have a 2019 Ventana, purchased a few months ago at 10,000 miles. My squeak got more pronounced as I added 3,000 miles. The tech at the dealership (Tom Lindstrom in Moorpark, CA) I purchased it is excellent. He says there is a sensor at the bottom of the steering shaft that can rub and apparently is common. He told me to spray a silicone-based lubricant into that hole, even though it is dark and near impossible to see anything. I did a test spray and it reduced the squeak significantly. Next week when we depart where we are currently at, I will spray it heavily and see if it goes away completely.
Can you be more specific about where this sensor is and where you use the silicone spray?
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I have yet to see the sensor myself, but am going to buy a snake inspection camera when I get back home. From the driver's seat floor area, move or remove the cover. Mine is a black plastic piece that covers the floor's hole. Then I just sprayed blindly down that hole. Not very scientific nor accurate. FYI my rig is a 2019 Ventana 4369 Spartan chassis.
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