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Has anybody noticed a squeak or whistle coming from their steering wheel? I hear it at low speeds, especially driving around parking lots or garages with quick sharp turns. Its not particularly loud but I still find it annoying.

I took it to the dealer to get fixed, and they admitted they heard it, but claimed it was normal, and wouldn't do anything to fix it.

I've attached a video with the sound. Its more noticeable in person obviously but you can still hear it. Am I being too picky?

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I have that issue in the morning just ignore it, my bmw did the same thing. Try readjusting the steering column and see if that noise goes away
 

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Nope. You are not being picky at all. You are driving a very expensive car and the steering should not make any noise when turned. In fact, I am dropping my car off on Tuesday of next week because my steering wheel makes a creaking noise when you turn it 180 degrees to either side in addition to other issues.
 

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I think I'll live with it for now, and see if the change of seasons affects it. If it gets any worse I'm definitely bringing it in.
 

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In Europe there's a Te.Se.O. Bulletin (STAR would be its American equivalent) on the matter, asking dealers to gather some data and take some specific pictures, and escalate it all to Te.Se.O.
 

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In Europe there's a Te.Se.O. Bulletin (STAR would be its American equivalent) on the matter, asking dealers to gather some data and take some specific pictures, and escalate it all to Te.Se.O.
Mine's available. I'll even stop by FCA HQ in Auburn Hills for someone there to gather some data.
 

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You see guys... If we keep our mouth's shut and just "deal" with it. Alfa will never know about it and will never improve on the car. Looks like is a known issue in Europe and Alfa is looking into a solution.

My car will be dropped off on Tuesday and the dealer will be inspecting my vehicle.
 

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You see guys... If we keep our mouth's shut and just "deal" with it. Alfa will never know about it and will never improve on the car. Looks like is a known issue in Europe and Alfa is looking into a solution.

My car will be dropped off on Tuesday and the dealer will be inspecting my vehicle.
I just wouldn't take my car in solely for that.
 

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You see guys... If we keep our mouth's shut and just "deal" with it. Alfa will never know about it and will never improve on the car. Looks like is a known issue in Europe and Alfa is looking into a solution.

My car will be dropped off on Tuesday and the dealer will be inspecting my vehicle.
Hi ibehardnock2001,

Please keep us updated on how your appointment goes, and if you need any additional assistance!

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Hi ibehardnock2001,

Please keep us updated on how your appointment goes, and if you need any additional assistance!

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Hi Kori, what would you suggest I do with a dealer who doesn't seem interested in fixing my problem? They said it was normal, didn't even look at adjusting the trim to fix it. Their only offer was to order the parts and replace the entire column in a couple of days, with no loaner provided.
 

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Hi Kori, what would you suggest I do with a dealer who doesn't seem interested in fixing my problem? They said it was normal, didn't even look at adjusting the trim to fix it. Their only offer was to order the parts and replace the entire column in a couple of days, with no loaner provided.
Has the Studio actually ordered the parts for you at this point?

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FYI, one thing they focus on in the European Te.Se.O. Bulletin is the steering column bushing on the firewall, which must be inspected from the engine bay side for damage or presence of dirt, and they ask to send a photo of it back to HQ.
 

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The squeaky steering wheel gets the grease! :D
 

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FYI, one thing they focus on in the European Te.Se.O. Bulletin is the steering column bushing on the firewall, which must be inspected from the engine bay side for damage or presence of dirt, and they ask to send a photo of it back to HQ.
Interesting, I am pretty sure the squeeky noise in my car is coming right from behind steering wheel where it is surrounded by column shroud
 

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Has the Studio actually ordered the parts for you at this point?

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Thanks for getting back to me.

They have not, they insisted the sound would go away, and I'm moving soon anyway so I figured I'd give it some time to see if they are right. But if I end up going to the dealer when I move, I don't want to end up in the same boat where they insist on doing nothing or replacing the entire thing.
 

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They have not, they insisted the sound would go away, and I'm moving soon anyway so I figured I'd give it some time to see if they are right. But if I end up going to the dealer when I move, I don't want to end up in the same boat where they insist on doing nothing or replacing the entire thing.
There are things I hesitate to have addressed because of concern that something else will be put wrong in the process.
 

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FYI, one thing they focus on in the European Te.Se.O. Bulletin is the steering column bushing on the firewall, which must be inspected from the engine bay side for damage or presence of dirt, and they ask to send a photo of it back to HQ.
MacGeek,

Do you know how the electric connections are made between the wheel and the rest of the car? Clock springs, slip rings, something else? Slip rings are notorious for making squeaky noises. Sometimes dielectric grease will quiet a slip ring, at least for a little while.

Lowflyer,

The source of a sound be be pretty deceptive since sound can travel up the steering shaft and vibrate the wheel, making a sound that originates at the far end of the shaft sound like it is originating from the wheel. Thus, the dealer's desire to replace the whole thing. Yanking the steering column out is usually fairly traumatic though (lots of stuff has to be removed to make enough clearance to get it out), so maybe not the best approach.
 
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