Can you lubricate a steering wheel?

Answered by Cody Janus

You can lubricate a steering wheel, but it’s important to note that the steering wheel itself does not typically require lubrication. The steering wheel is usually made of materials such as leather, synthetic leather, or plastic, which do not require lubrication.

However, there are certain components related to the steering wheel that may benefit from lubrication. One such component is the steering column, which is the shaft that connects the steering wheel to the steering system. The steering column typically has joints and bearings that allow for smooth movement and rotation.

Over time, these joints and bearings can become dry or worn, leading to squeaking or stiffness when turning the steering wheel. In these cases, lubrication can help to reduce friction and improve the overall performance of the steering system.

To lubricate the steering column, you will need to access the area where the steering shaft passes through the firewall. This can usually be done by crawling under the dashboard of the vehicle.

Once you have located the area, you can use an aerosol white lithium grease to spray between the rubber boot and the steering shaft. It’s important to ensure that you get the grease all around the shaft and boot to effectively lubricate the area.

After applying the grease, you can move the steering wheel back and forth several times to help distribute the lubricant and ensure thorough coverage. This should help to eliminate any squeaking or stiffness in the steering system.

It’s worth noting that lubricating the steering column is not a routine maintenance task and should only be done if you are experiencing issues with the steering system. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with performing this task yourself, it is recommended to consult a professional mechanic who can properly diagnose and address any steering-related issues.

While the steering wheel itself does not require lubrication, certain components related to the steering system may benefit from lubrication. If you are experiencing squeaking or stiffness in the steering system, you can lubricate the steering column by spraying aerosol white lithium grease between the rubber boot and the steering shaft. However, it is important to exercise caution and, if unsure, consult a professional mechanic for assistance.