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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 89,623 (10,100–165,000)
5 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002
19 people reported this problem
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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
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.
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.