Telescopic steering column noise on Lexus GS300

Average mileage: 95,437 (40,000–150,000)
4 model years affected: 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006
11 people reported this problem
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2004 Lexus GS300 100,000 mi,
My telescoping steering wheel screams when going in or out.
2006 Lexus GS300 59,500 mi,
My Lexus GS300 creates a grinding noise when telescoping out, but operates smoothly when going in.
I noticed the noise level has increased significantly while adjusting seating/driving position. Also the steering occasionally became heavy while making turns.
1998 Lexus GS300 150,000 mi,
Not fixed. High pitch squeal when adjusting steering column.
2006 Lexus GS300 40,000 mi,
squeaking noise when the steering column telescopes out.