19th January 2010, 04:17
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2001 M5 Jet Black
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DIY Fix Squeaking Steering Wheel Adjustments
I have had many people ask me what the terrible sound is when I start my car. Apparently I'm used to it, but my steering wheel makes a hideous squeak when it is adjusted up and down.
There is a DIY on bimmerforums, bit I felt I would post my experience here with pictures.
DIY: Fix the E39 Steering Wheel Tilt Creak, Squeak, Noise Problem - Bimmerforums - The Ultimate BMW Forum
Not all of us are good at taking our cars apart, I tend to break anything plastic. So I took pictures to show the process. This is SO simple.
It all comes down to one nut that needs to be loosened and lubed. There are many more moving components in this area, so if desired take the time to lube everything up.
Philips head screwdriver
Socket or wrench to loosen nut
Lube (I used liquid wrench white lithium grease)
First, you must remove the lower dash panel. There are 5 screws underneath and 3 at the top underneath the two trim panels.
Then remove the ONE plastic screw under the steering wheel
There is Styrofoam under the dash panel that may require you to remove both the leather dash piece and the black piece under the steering wheel at the same time. That's what I had to do. There are 4 clips that hold the piece under the steering wheel on. Just pull on it. The clips are two on each side, one in the back and one near the front. Very easy to do with little risk of breaking anything.
Then once those 2 panels are off. Time to find and loosen the nut. Loosen the nut a few turns and then try adjusting the wheel. It should no longer squeak. Then spray some grease behind the nut and adjust the wheel back and forth. Apply as much grease as you feel warranted to. Then tighten the nut down as much as you can without the wheel squeaking. Use loctite if desired.
Put it all back together and enjoy your squeak-free steering wheel! I have to say it sounds amazing.
2001 ///M5 Jet Black on Caramel / Alcantara
Dinan CAI, Dinan Rear Sway Bar, Dinan Front Strut Bar, Dinan Exhaust, Dinan Brembo GT BBK 355mm Front - 345mm Rear, Evolve Alpha-N Tuning, Walbro 255HP fuel pump,
Ground Control Coilovers, Evolve "Medusa" headers, Magnaflow Cats, SuperSprint X-pipe, Magnaflow 10416 resonators, Beastpower Rear Sway Brackets, Gulf Oil Filter Housing w/ Fluidyne Cooler,
Custom Fluidyne Power Steering Cooler, Linea Corse Z2S 19" wheels w/ Continental DW tires, EVO U/D Pulleys, Reinforced Rear Subframe, Diff Viton O-rings,
RaceSkids Metal Underbody Panels, Custom Leather/Alcantara steering wheel door panels and front seats, 35% window tint, Valentine One Hardwired, ACS style splitters,
E60 SSK and ZHP Knob, "Shorty" clutch stop w/ start sensor mod, Carbon Fiber Wrapped Interior, BSW subwoofer kit, Competition 6.5" front speakers in custom baffles,
DICE/Intravee II iPod adapter, TEC Cupholder, E90 radio knobs, AC and USB powered plugs installed in center console, Full LED overhaul in cabin/footwells/trunk
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