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Old 03-01-2018, 05:37 PM   #1
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07 Focus steering column click

My sincere apologies if this is a already solved issue. I just bought an 07 Focus, 118k miles.
I've got this odd clicking coming from the steering column/wheel area. It can be felt (very lightly) in the wheel.
The tie-rods, ball joints, struts, swaybar links and bushings are all tight and in good shape. The wipers, turn signals, hi/low switches all work as designed.
The weird part is that when I release the tilt lever on the wheel, the clicking disappears. When I lock the tilt back in, the click returns, regardless of the tilt angle.
If someone could please enlighten me as to where or what is causing this (it's not in the engine bay), I'd be very grateful. I'm going nuts trying to pinpoint the origin of the sound.
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:10 AM   #2
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Might have a clock spring issue.
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Really?? The weird part is, the clicking only occurs after the car has been driven a little while. Then, the "clik-clik-clik" is heard when turning the wheel.
Also, it disappears when I unlock the tilt mechanism. It's DEFINITELY coming from behind the steering wheel. Could this be a clockspring?
I'd be very grateful for any other advice and expertise.
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Old 03-02-2018, 08:39 AM   #4
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If you've never had the s/w off it shouldn't be the clock spring. Sounds like something to do w/ the locking lever. If you hold the wheel down w/ it not locked in is the noise gone? btw if you want to lower the column down more you'll need 3 big spacers & a longer bolt. I used 3 thick nuts for spacers.
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The tilt lock lever definitely affects the noise! When the cabin temperature increases, the click is audible. But when I unlock the tilt lever, and let the wheel "swing" free, it's dead smooth/quiet. Is there a fix for this; can I pull apart or adjust/tighten something to eliminate this?
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Is it possible that the temperature is causing something to expand somewhere in the column assembly? This noise is directly behind the wheel, most noticeable when it's warmer inside the car. As soon as the tilt is unlocked, no more noise...
think I may pull the column apart just to see if something's contacting somewhere. I really want to find the source of the sound.
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Is it possible that the temperature is causing something to expand somewhere in the column assembly? This noise is directly behind the wheel, most noticeable when it's warmer inside the car. As soon as the tilt is unlocked, no more noise...
think I may pull the column apart just to see if something's contacting somewhere. I really want to find the source of the sound.
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Best to remove the cover & see before remove the column. Its a split cover top/bottom.
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Thanks!
I'll try that. The noise is driving me bat**** crazy, but has zero effect on driving. I'm gotta find out what's causing it. It's apparently temperature sensitive, and is eliminated by the tilt lever.
(I fly rc as a hobby, so tracking down noises and vibrations is somewhat familiar to me.) I've been working on my own cars for almost 20 years, but this problem is new to me.
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I'll try that. The noise is driving me bat**** crazy, but has zero effect on driving. I'm gonna find out
Just need to be patient & take your time when reassembling the two covers together.....
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Alright, I apologize for any confusion. It's not temperature related. Got into my car after my shift today, and the clicking was present, after sitting outside all day.
The noise definitely emanates from the top side of the steering column, almost sounds like a u-joint click. Gonna pull all the covers when I get a chance and determine the source.
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