Z3 steering wheel squeaking

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BonBon
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Z3 steering wheel squeaking

Post by BonBon » Fri 23 Aug, 2019 07:44

For a couple of days it was driving me nuts and getting worse. Three suspects - rubbing of steering wheel on cowling (which showed visible vibration coinciding with the noise); friction around slip ring and finally the U joints on the other side of the firewall.
Decided to start with the easiest - but lubing the U joints did not do much. When the car heated up in the sun the squeaking got worse. Pushing and pulling the wheel has a dramatic effect - so it’s obviously contact with the cowling...
Is there a simple way to move the wheel a fraction of an inch toward the driver?

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BonBon
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Re: Z3 steering wheel squeaking - SORTED

Post by BonBon » Fri 23 Aug, 2019 16:00

Added a hand fabricated spacer behind the metal grommet behind the steering wheel.
A nice little satisfying job.

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Re: Z3 steering wheel squeaking

Post by Gusete1 » Wed 18 Sep, 2019 22:44

BonBon wrote:Added a hand fabricated spacer behind the metal grommet behind the steering wheel.
A nice little satisfying job.
Thanks that was helpful!

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Re: Z3 steering wheel squeaking

Post by BonBon » Thu 19 Sep, 2019 20:49

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