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Old 06 Apr 2004, 01:00 am   #1 (permalink)
Meese
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I just noticed I am missing a panel on the left side on my steering
wheel (2000 camry). I have noticed hearing a squeaking for the past
week or so when I turn, that must be where it was coming from. How
would I go about getting a replacement panel? Can I order it off the
internet or do I need to go to the dealer? The panel must have fallen
off somewhere, I park the car on the street, but I have an alarm, and
nothing else is missing, so I doubt anybody else has been in the car.
I can take a pic and post it if that would be helpful.

Thanks
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Old 06 Apr 2004, 11:47 am   #2 (permalink)
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Meese <meese@i.hate.spaaaaaaam..net> wrote in message news:<chh470la0jkt876nk92vtutma93l0fo81l@4ax.com>. ..
> I just noticed I am missing a panel on the left side on my steering
> wheel (2000 camry). I have noticed hearing a squeaking for the past
> week or so when I turn,


The panel is probably just a cosmetic cover piece.
Most common source of squeaking from the steering wheel would be the
universal joint where the steering shaft enters the firewall at the
bottom. Try a bit of oil there.
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Old 06 Apr 2004, 12:35 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"Meese" <meese@i.hate.spaaaaaaam..net> wrote in message
news:chh470la0jkt876nk92vtutma93l0fo81l@4ax.com...
> I just noticed I am missing a panel on the left side on my steering
> wheel (2000 camry). I have noticed hearing a squeaking for the past
> week or so when I turn, that must be where it was coming from. How
> would I go about getting a replacement panel? Can I order it off the
> internet or do I need to go to the dealer? The panel must have fallen
> off somewhere, I park the car on the street, but I have an alarm, and
> nothing else is missing, so I doubt anybody else has been in the car.
> I can take a pic and post it if that would be helpful.
>
> Thanks


That panel is an access point to the airbag (if fitted) and the hornpad
screws. If your car has an airbag, I'd get a manual before messing around in
there.

Any light squeking is most likely not a critical problem as in a steering
shaft bearing, but rather usually the horn contact runningon the ring which
appears to live under the horn pad. Details on how to remove the pad are in
the w/shop manual (Haynes etc)

They can get noisy for short periods.

In the long run if folks want to work on their car, a manual is virtually
mandatory.

Jason


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