There is a noise in the steering column that sounds like an old door opening on 2006 Ford Escape

when I turn the steering wheel. Is this serious or just a annoying noise?

Asked by for the 2006 Ford Escape
its one of those kinda common noises that bugs more than anything. you can tare aprt column ck find the issue but that is time consuming
Thanks for your help. I will just learn to deal with the noise. Because taking the steering apart is not in the budget right now.