Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Click in steering wheel while turning

asked by on

I have an intermittent click in the steering wheel when turning. Sometimes though, it is definitely coming from behind the steering wheel, and not the engine. Sealing joints are good and power steering as well.

Realize that steering columns are a column, but they still need to flex. They are turning and they don’t go straight to the steering box at angles. So they have universal joints, and a lot of times those universal joints start to wear a little bit, especially on modern cars and those that use a lot of plastic parts.

As long as it steers okay and doesn’t have play, it isn’t going to hurt anything. But if it starts to bind and has play, it’s a really an expensive endeavor. I did this on a Toyota van last year and I had to buy the whole assembly with a joint on it. It ended up being a 1600 dollar job. So, if it still steers safely and goes okay I wouldn’t worry too much.

If you want to have this checked, a certified technician from YourMechanic can visit your home or office to inspect the clicking sound and recommend a repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Issue with power steering

Hello. The leak is what needs to be identified and repaired. If the fluid is coming out, then the vehicle will not have any power assist. Most of the time, a serious leak like this comes from one of the...

Q: Turn signals do not work correctly - 2004 Chevrolet Suburban

This could be an issue with the turn signal/flasher module located in the left I/P fuse box. The output of this assembly should be checked. Also the rear turn signals are hooked up in a rear junction block that also...

Q: Stiff power steering

If your vehicle has hydraulic power steering, the level is probably low. If it is low, there may be a leak. If not, the pump may have failed. If your vehicle has electronic power steering, the fuse may be blown...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.