First of all, the car is driving and acting perfectly fine. Couldn't be happier.
BUT for the past few months I've been noticing a little bit of a rattle coming from the steering column area. To me, it seems like there's the slightest bit of lash somewhere in the system and it manifests when I'm driving over bumpy surfaces (dirt driveways, crappy pavement, etc)
I felt the lower universal joint near where the steering shaft penetrates the floor, and it feels solid as a rock with zero slop. I almost wonder if it's the electric power steering. Is the motor for that up in the steering column itself? Hope it's not coming loose. Anybody care to comment on this minor issue? The tilt/telescope is completely locked. I've adjusted it and it persists. Is there a bulletin out about this? Or did it take me 9 months to notice something that's always been there?