Squeak in Steering Column Due to Rubber Boot or Seal on Mercedes-Benz E430

A squeak from the steering column is often related to a rubber boot in the column or a seal in the power steering rack.

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Average mileage: 89,623 (10,100–165,000)
5 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002
18 people reported this problem
11 people shared problem details
The squeak is more like a rubbing sound when you turn the steering wheel
when turning the steering wheel in anyd directionI notice a squeak from the steering column. I put my ear to it and it sounds like its comming from the boot. Its sounds kike a material to material contact
Rubbing noise when turning coming from steering column. Never has been fixed.
Steering column squeaks when turning
Squeaking noise when parking
the squeaking sound occurred as early as 15K mileage when i turned the wheel. the dealer replaced the entire column at no cost to me with warranty but within 2 months, about 20K mileage, the problem resurfaced again. the dealer wanted to replace the column again (again at warranty at no cost to me) but i declined and decided to let the problem stand. the car is 153K mileage, still squeaking noises.
have not fixed it yet - I hope someone can show me how to fix it -
1. Squeak from the steering column. Unresolved. 2. Brake Light Switch failed. ABS Warning came on & I had to use a ballpoint pen to shift gears out of Park. I removed it myself with a $25 aftermarket one and problems cleared. Less than 15 minutes to put in a new switch.
Sqeaking or rubbing noise when turning steering wheel.
This appears to only happen during winter months. It goes away once warm. I have just lived with it.
rubbing scrubbing sound especially in during the winter months.
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