I have not yet diagnosed the steering column rattle. I was beginning to think it was just a quirk of recirc. ball steering, but if I hit a speedbump/low curb at an angle (like on my driveway), it definitely rattles too much.
The rattle is also coming from further down the column for me to think it's the airbag screws. I've wanted to take the cowling off from under the steering wheel to see if anything was visible, but the beast is due for a couple other things at my mechanics, so I'll see what they can find and report back.
I'll run that check strap issue by my mech and see what he says - thanks for the suggestion omegabenz!
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