2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4 Door (Steering Clunking Noise)
Hearing a clunking noise coming from the driver's side front when steering wheel is being turned 360 degrees left or right. By searching the internet, there is 3 possibilities, the tierod, the I-shaft or CV joints. I wondered if you could narrow the possibilities down to 1 of the above or imaybe you'll say it could be something entirely different than the above possibilities. Would you have an approximate cost for parts and labour to correct this problem. Thank you for your time and expertise.
Re: 2003 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4 Door (Steering Clunking...
Had the same problem. PONTIAC has issued a TSB that dealer know about. The Engine is MIS-ALIGNED and needs add'l rods to be installed to fix this problem. This will be done AT YOUR EXPENSE. I found this out the hard way.
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look under for debris or bent or damaged components jack up truck if loose or making noise check shocks  move[push against] tire up and down if loose check upper and lower ball joints --push side to side if loose check tie rods steering components spin wheel look for damage by cv axle or if noise behind wheel possible hub [wheel bearing damage remove wheel and inspect hub
this might help: Here is the Technical Service Bulletin that maybe of help, worth looking into but can't guarantee that it would fix your problem Steering - Steering Column Clunking When Turning TECHNICAL Bulletin No.: 01-02-32-001P Date: November 25, 2009 Subject: Clunk Felt/Noise Heard From Steering Column, Steering Gear and/or Front Of Vehicle During Turning Maneuver and/or Steering Wheel Rotation (Replace Intermediate Shaft As Directed) Models: 2001-2004 Buick Regal 2005-2008 Buick Allure (Canada Only), LaCrosse 2000-2008 Chevrolet Impala 2000-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue 2004-2007 Pontiac Grand Prix Supercede: This bulletin is being revised to add the 2008 Buick LaCrosse/Allure. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 01-02-32-001O (Section 02 - Steering). Condition Some customers may comment on a clunk type noise coming from the front of the vehicle while driving during a turning maneuver. 1. Locate a large area (parking lot) where the vehicle can be turned in a tight circle. 2. Turn the steering wheel to the right and/or left all the way to the steering lock, then off the steering lock a 1/4 turn. 3. Drive the vehicle approximately 5 km/h (3 mph) in a circle, preferably over rough pavement or seams on the road surface. 4. Drive the vehicle straight ahead at idle speed while applying and releasing the brake pedal. Listen/feel the steering wheel for the clunk/noise condition. 5. If a clunk is felt in the steering wheel, the MOST likely cause is the I-shaft - not the steering gear. Continue with the correction. Correction DO THIS - Replace the intermediate shaft DON'T DO THIS - DO NOT lube the intermediate shaft Replace the existing intermediate shaft
The noise will be either the universal joint on the steering column or a component in the steering rack or outer tie rod ends, get someone to sit in the car and move the wheel slightly left and right and have a look and you will be able to see and hear where the noise is coming from
clunking noise may be bad steering rack. either the bolts that hold it to the frame may have worked loose,the center of your vehicle is where the steering racks located,just under the center of floorboard.under dash but on floorboard.make sense? try turning the steering wheel with engine running,place your hand under the radio,but on floorboard,when you turn the steering wheel from side to side,do you feel a thump? if so,then your steering racks loose or bad. the only way to know for sure is to have someone who knows about the steering rack to inspect it visually. thank you for choosing fixya.com
what side the does the noise come from?if right side the right cv axle if left side then left cv axle has gone bad common problem on front wheel drive cars.to make sure look under car and look next to tire there should be a black rubber boot that is accordion shaped if torn there's your problem.
Its probably the intermediate steering shaft. The shaft where it goes thru the firewall is known for clunking on these trucks. GM makes a lube kit to fix the noise. I don't have the part number handy, but the parts guy at the local dealer will know what you are looking for.