Creaky noise under steering wheel when going over bumps??

As a graduate of the creaky noise in center arm rest console (fixed through two non-productive trips to a first dealer and a third productive trip to a second dealer), I now find myself beset with a new creaking noise. The noise results from going over bumps and is really annoying. It seems to be related to the hard plastic that you see when you look below the steering wheel. I can push the pieces a little with my hands and sort of reproduce the noise even when the car is not moving. Has anyone else had this problem or seen a related thread? I tried to do a search but did not find anything.

Thanks in advance for any tips on how I might fix this myself or know what to tell the dealer.

As a graduate of the creaky noise in center arm rest console (fixed through two non-productive trips to a first dealer and a third productive trip to a second dealer), I now find myself beset with a new creaking noise. The noise results from going over bumps and is really annoying. It seems to be related to the hard plastic that you see when you look below the steering wheel. I can push the pieces a little with my hands and sort of reproduce the noise even when the car is not moving. Has anyone else had this problem or seen a related thread? I tried to do a search but did not find anything.

Thanks in advance for any tips on how I might fix this myself or know what to tell the dealer.

In my case, this is the spot where shoving something in quiets the rattle. I don’t think that the rattle comes exclusively from that spot or from vibrating against the panel to the right, however, applying pressure there flexes the steering column panel such that it avoids hitting the neighboring panels or whatever’s underneath.

See those “tabs” at the bottom of the panel, in the second picture. Tap those with your hand, you’ll see they are very close to the metal part underneath and they flex. That proximity may also be a source of rattles. Stick something underneath to keep the plastic from hitting the metal, that may help. Also make sure that the screw holding the panel in place is tight.

Another likely source is the interface between the bottom and top steering column panels. The bottom one seems to be held in place by one screw (seen in pic #2) and a bunch of clips along the edges. Those edges are hard plastic against hard plastic. I was going to grease that perimeter (on the inside) to change the friction between the plastic surfaces and to have some layer between them. I was planning to use bearing grease (pic #3) as it would likely stay in place for good.