[DML] Steering Column Rattle
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[DML] Steering Column Rattle

Here's one that started on the trip home from
Birmingham to Pensacola.

My steering column has some kind of rattle.  It will
rattle almost ANYTIME.  When you shut the door, turn
the wheel to the left or the right, take a bump in the
road, take a corner hard - anytime.  I have tightened
the steering wheel adjustment knob underneath the
kneepad as tight as possible with no effect.  The
whole column appears to be a bit loose, as I can grab
the wheel and move the whole column up about maybe
half an inch.  If I put both hands on the wheel and
apply downward force while driving, it will not
rattle, but if I "casually drive", it will rattle to
no end.  This is not the normal "give" in the steering
column with a 25 year old suspension; this "rattle"
whenever the car interacts with any bump, groove,
pothole, pebble, curve in the road is BEYOND
irritating.  I'm going to tighten every bolt,nut, and
screw in the footwell area of the driver's
compartment.  Would these symptoms be indicative of a
loose connection at the point where the steering
column and steering rack meet?  I have no play in the
steering itself; it is as tight as can be.


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