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I have a ticking/tapping sound coming from either the left side of my dash or steering column, what could it be. I heard it a couple of months ago, then it went away, and now it's back. It's so annoying that I turn the radio up to drown out the sound. The steering is fine as is everything else.

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Bogi Lateiner, Owner and Technician at 180 Degrees Automotive Hi Mary! Rattles can be very annoying! See if you can determine if it changes at all or if it is consistent... meaning - does it speed up with speed, does it do it when at an idle or just while driving, worse over bumps, etc. If you think it is definitely inside your vehicle and not from outside, try pressing on various things inside the car near where it sounds like it is coming from... it might be a piece of trim or a broken clip somewhere. If you can find something that when pressing on it the noise changes or goes away than you are in the right direction... If - on the other hand you determine that it sounds more like it is from outside the vehicle - I*d look at your tires or your suspension. I*d do some pre-investigative work and bring it to someone you trust. Good luck! Bogi 180 Degrees Automotive, Inc http://www.180auto.com Connect with AskPatty on: YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/askpatty MySpace: www.myspace.com/askpatty Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AskPatty-Automotive-Advice-for-Women/15290925093 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/askpatty2007 Twitter: http://twitter.com/askpatty Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/askpatty/

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