Volvo Repair

When Should You Replace the Steering Column in Your Volvo?

Volvo Steering Column Issue

Volvos are known for their simplistic luxury. They are hardy cars that with the regular maintenance and care can last well beyond 200,000 miles. But with use, all cars experience a variety of wear and tear. One component of your car that can fail is the steering column. This is rare, but unfortunately it does happen.

Steering is an essential component to every car’s safety and usefulness. It is used every time the car is driven. The steering column starts at the steering wheel and travels through the dashboard into the undercarriage of the car where it connects with the systems that turn your wheels. In addition to steering your car, the steering column also connects many of the external safety indicators, such as turn signals and wiper blades, to the driver. Additionally, the steering column houses the airbag. So this seemingly simple component serves many duties in your car.

If something goes wrong with your steering it can be frustrating, but more importantly, it can be dangerous. Volvo owners know that they are driving a car that is well made and one of the safest in the industry. Keeping your Volvo running it’s best requires proper maintenance. It also requires owner awareness for changes in how the car handles and sounds.

Symptoms of Steering Column Issues

Odd Noises

Click and clack sounds from the front end of your Volvo when turning may be caused by issues with the steering column. If the sound is noticeable when turning, that’s a sign that the there may be damage to the steering column. The clicking or grinding can occur when the grease plugs in the internal components of the steering column dry out. Once the plugs dry out, the components can start to corrode, resulting in damage to an internal components of the steering column.

Turning Power

There are several reasons why it might be harder to turn your steering wheel in your Volvo. One reason may be that your Volvo needs power steering fluid. This might sound like a simple thing to fix. However, your Volvo has a closed power steering fluid system.  There shouldn’t be any leaks. If there is a leak, you want this fixed as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to your steering system.

When it’s hard to turn the steering wheel it’s possible that the steering column is damaged. You should not drive your if you suspect that that the steering column is damaged. You are likely to cause further damage to your car, but more importantly, steering difficulty is dangerous for you and other drivers on the road with you.

Tilt Steering Lock Failure

If your tilt steering wheel won’t lock into place, this is another sign that you may need a new steering column. Do not drive your car in this condition. The tilt lock feature on your steering column is a safety mechanism to make sure that you will be able to control your car in turns. Additionally, if your steering wheel does not automatically go back to center when you are driving and you lessen your grip of the wheel, there may be something in the steering column blocking the full range of motion. This should be checked out by a European auto service specialist immediately.


A steering wheel should be steady in your hands if your car is functioning properly. If the steering wheel is vibrating, it could be related to brake pads or connections that are displacing energy into the steering column. It could also be a sign that the steering column itself is damaged. Regardless of the cause, it’s important to have your Volvo checked right away because that vibration is a symptom that something is wrong.

European Motors Maryland Can Help

In short, trust your instincts. If you notice that your Volvo is riding differently, that it is hard to turn, if it is making strange noises, or vibrating, then your Volvo Steering Column Issue Check Volvo needs to be inspected by a European automobile service specialist. Don’t wait for the problem to get worse.

If you suspect problems with your Volvo, we are ready to help you at European Motors Maryland. We serve Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City, Catonsville, and surrounding communities in the Maryland area. We are experts in servicing European automobiles. We have been Bosch Certified for over 25 years, and we want to show you that you can trust us to take care of your Volvo. Call or come by for a consultation at your convenience.