Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Clicking noise from steering wheel

asked by on

I get a clicking noise that sounds like plastic on plastic when I turn my wheel from straight to about 11 o'clock. It is intermittent. There are also two other distinct sounds: one that sounds like a low clunk inside the cabin by the firewall where the coupling shaft is. And then another louder clunk when I make really wide turns or turns over bumps (it may be the lower shaft?). The interior steering wheel click is really annoying. I took off the housing behind the wheel and tried to see if anything was loose but everything looks good. What else could it be?

My car has 100000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello, thanks for writing in. Most of the t...

Hello, thanks for writing in. Most of the time this clicking noise is from the column covers rubbing on the steering wheel. I usually remove the covers and drive the vehicle to see if it goes away. If it does then the cover is the issue and needs to be replaced or trimmed down to prevent it from happening further. If the problem persists then most of the time the problem is the result of a bad cancellation cam in the column. As for the knocking noise this is almost always cause by the intermediate steering shaft. This is a common failure and will cause this noise. I usually remove the shaft and check it for looseness. If it is fine then the noise may be coming from the steering gear but that is not as common. I recommend having one of our certified automotive technicians from YourMechanic come to your home or office to inspect, diagnose, and repair the issue.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Climate control module. Heater core

Faults in electronic or mechanical control components in the HVAC system have no effect on the heater core in the passenger cabin. The heater core itself is not a component that would looked at as a cause of engine overheating....

Q: What about a 2003 H2 Hummer?

In most cases, this wire will be fore the wheel speed sensors if the vehicle has an anti-lock braking system or traction control system. The best thing to do would be to hire an experienced technician like one from YourMechanic...

Q: I have a fluid leak from something in the front of the truck

Some Jeep Grand Cherokees seem to have serious leaking problems regardless of engine size or whether or not you have all wheel drive. Fluid leaks past seals inside the rack and pinion shaft and the first sign of a problem...

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...