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Sounds like squirrels fighting in my car!

On the 4 hour drive to have my oil lines replaced, my car developed a horrible squeak/screech that seems to emanate from somewhere near, and possibly above, the driver footwell.

Sometimes it sounds like squirrels barking, and sometimes it sounds like the back and forth of a hip-hop DJ's turntable on high volume. Always it is associated with bumps in the road and it seems somewhat worse when the car is turning. It comes on as the car warms up... 90 plus degrees lately.

I had the tech at the dealership inspect the front suspension as possible during the oil line fix, but aside with some issues with clam shims he did not report anything remarkable.

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This reminds me of the Brian Regan skit where he says "Imagine after spending weeks at sea studying whale mating calls you realize it's just the cabin door squeaking" LOL
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Check where the seat-belt (female buckle) contacts the passenger seat. The acoustics of the cabin make it difficult to localize some of these sounds and it can trick your ear.
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Found it! I sprayed the two universal joints in the steering column (above the foot box) with WD-40 and it went right away!

Killed the squirrels.

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You may want to consider using a different lubricant, WD-40 is not designed as a lubricant, and you'll likely have the issue come back in a short amount of time.

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Use Triflow, that stuff rocks and it smells like banana!! Much better as a lube than the wd.. And the squirrels may be replaced with monkeys after a few weeks.
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You may want to consider using a different lubricant, WD-40 is not designed as a lubricant, and you'll likely have the issue come back in a short amount of time.
True. I used the WD because I could reach the joints with the long applicator. Even then I only barely extricated myself from under the foot well as I was bent like a pretzel to reach in there.

Next time I have one of my kids do the job...

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Please note that no squirrels were harmed in the making of this thread.

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Your squirrels must have left your car to nest in mine!

I'm hearing something between a rattle and a squeak that seems to also be transmitted through the steering column. It's mostly noted at lower speeds, worse when the car goes over bumps, or in turning the wheel. I lubed the steering joints visible above the foot-well to no avail.

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Your squirrels must have left your car to nest in mine!

I'm hearing something between a rattle and a squeak that seems to also be transmitted through the steering column. It's mostly noted at lower speeds, worse when the car goes over bumps, or in turning the wheel. I lubed the steering joints visible above the wheel well to no avail.

Any ideas?
You did mean above the "foot well" (in the area just above your knees and ankles) right? Your squeak symptoms sound otherwise exactly like mine.

BTW, I later found that WD now makes white lithium lubricant in the same can and applicator style as WD-40. I re-applied that, with help from my much younger and more flexible son, and my steering joints remain silent.

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You did mean above the "foot well" (in the area just above your knees and ankles) right? Your squeak symptoms sound otherwise exactly like mine.

BTW, I later found that WD now makes white lithium lubricant in the same can and applicator style as WD-40. I re-applied that, with help from my much younger and more flexible son, and my steering joints remain silent.
Yep, I meant 'foot well', thanks for pointing that out, I corrected it above.

I think I'll try the lube you mentioned this time, and maybe a little more generously, too, and see if that does anything. If not, I'll probably take it to the mechanic to get it checked out; I suppose it could be something further down in the steering linkage...

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