How to fix a 2002 Toyota Camry squeaking steering wheel

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This is a brief instructable on how to fix a Toyota Camry suffering from a squeaking steering wheel.

Background: My fiancee drives a 2002 Toyota Camry and the steering wheel squeaks or squawks kinda like a cat every time she turns the wheel more than 120-150 degrees. I finally got fed up with it, read a little on the Interwebs, dissassembled the steering column, realized the sound wasn't coming from behind the steering column, reassembled the steering column, located the origin of the sound, attacked it viciously with WD-40 and smiled after achieving success.

I know this is a pretty straightforward instructable but I know it will help someone, so here it is :-)
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Step 1: Parts

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Here is what you need:

1 Toyota Camry (or other car with squeaking steering wheel)
1 Can of WD-40
1 Flashlight

Step 2: Spray WD-40 Here

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- Spray WD-40 on the indicated area
- Twist wheel as far to the left as possible then as far to the right as possible, the squeaking (squawking?) wheel should get better after a few turns of the wheel.
- If it doesn't get better after several revolutions verify that the squeaking is coming from around where you just sprayed, then repeat #1 and #2...
AJadeW2 years ago
Thank you very much for this solution. I sprayed some KW Knock'er Loose penetrant followed by a light packing of SynPower synthetic grease and the results were immediate. You saved me 375.00 my mechanic wanted to repair it.
Thanks again TMonkey
colincart2 years ago
Excellent. had some silicon spray handy and took about a week to get right into it, but no noise now (have put up with it for 2 years)
BLV4 years ago
Very good "trick". I had tried several other things over a period of time and nothing worked. In 2-3 minutes I eliminated the problem. Thanks
TMonkey (author)  BLV4 years ago
TY for your TY-motivates me to post more :D
Hopefully you used The Teflon or silicone spray that a previous poster recommended, the WD-40 worked for a few weeks but it came back while the silicone spray is still holding strong! Cheers and keep up the DIY!
WRX STI4 years ago
Thanks a lot.
I had the same problem, and now it's perfect!