Steering concern when making slow turns or backing out of garage
Awhile back there was a recall regarding a potential steering problem and dealership replaced the suspect item and adjusted the steering assist. Time has passed and the vehicle now has 45K miles on the odometer and regardless of temperature or weather condition at low speed a bumping sound is heard when turning the steering wheel. This occurs only when turning at low speeds in parking lots, stop signs....any where a sharper than normal turn is made a very low speed. This does not occur a highway speeds and there is no loss or sloppyness in steering. The sound when the steering wheel is turned is like a bump or binding sort of like a round hole and a square peg. Tough one to explain. Also there is no front end vibration or apparent looseness. Suggestions of what to look at?
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Re: Steering concern when making slow turns or backing...
Make sure that the coupling shaft from the column to the rack is tight at both ends. There is a pinch bolt on the ends. If they are tight try holding the shaft while turning. You will probably feel the clunking noise. If so replace the shaft.
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If that is nice and tight, you will have to investigate the steering shaft lower universal joint clamp, staeering rack mounting bolts and clamps (all potential culprits), and then the steering inner and outer ball joints.
hey guys, im going through the exact same thing with my 2004 pontiac grand prix. and i did my research and found a recall that described these issues. I contacted pontiac about this and they advised me to take the car to get a diagnois to make sure its a problem that relates to the recall and they will reimburse me the money it costed to get the dx and pay full cost for the problem. below im going to copy and paste all of the recall info. Hope this helps for all of us Recall ID # 51199 - SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC Hide Details Recall Date: JUN 23, 2004 Model Affected: 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES WERE PRODUCED WITH LOWER THAN SPECIFIED TORQUE ON BOTH FRONT BRAKE CALIPER TO STEERING KNUCKLE ATTACHMENT BOLTS. WITH IMPROPER TORQUE, THE CLAMP LOAD AT THE JOINT MAY NOT BE ADEQUATE TO PREVENT MOVEMENT BETWEEN THE CALIPER BRACKET AND KNUCKLE. Consequences: DEPENDING ON WHETHER ONE OR BOTH BOLTS BACKS OUT OR FRACTURES, THE RESULT CAN BE LOCKING OF THE AFFECTED WHEEL DURING BRAKING AND AN ABRUPT STEERING INPUT IN THE DIRECTION OF THE LOCKED WHEEL, REDUCED BRAKING AND NOISE FROM THE AFFECTED WHEEL, OR SEVERING OF A BRAKE HOSE, INCREASED BRAKE PEDAL TRAVEL, AND REDUCED STEERING CONTROL. REDUCED BRAKING OR STEERING CONTROL COULD CAUSE A CRASH. Remedy: DEALERS ARE TO TIGHTEN BOTH BOLTS TO THE SPECIFIED TORQUE. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON JUNE 28, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET 1-800-630-2438 OR PONTIAC 1-800-620-7668. Potential Units Affected: 47991 -----------------------------------------------------------------
I have an 06 pontiac g6. Happened to me. There is a recall with the power steering. You have to take it to a dealership. They fixed the problem for free. I believe they will only fix this recall for free until 8/2012 so hurry!! Hope this helps. Trust me, it fixed my car. Hope to see if this helps
GM has an open recall on steering columns and steering motors for these vehicles if they have less then 100000 miles on them and have electronic assisted steering.You may want to contact your local GM dealership to see if your vehicle qualifies. There have also been issues with the rack and pinions on these vehicles but would follow the recall option first.
you will need to call the pontiac 1800 number. there was a recall on the steering...need to make sure to have it checked out. i found out the hard way and almost wrecked because mine gave out while i was driving and just stayed stuck and would not let me turn.
i just bought a 2005 malibu maxx from a dealership. It was having a popping sound when i would turn the wheel back and forth. Had the dealership fix it. THEY said they replaced the ( rack and pinion ) for the steering on the car. Don't think there is a recall on that. GM had a lot of problems with that popping noise on their malibu maxx. Hope that might help.
remove electronic power steering (EPS) motor. remove the 4 bolts that hold on the motor housing. remove the housing. using a tooth brush, clean out the 'brush' dust from between the commutators. don't use cleaner spray as you might degrease the bearings. don't use anything metal to clean out the dust you might scratch or nick the commutators.
this solution has worked for over 500 miles for me. I'll keep you posted.
It was the ABS system kicking in to try to keep the wheels from locking up. The squealing you heard was indeed the tires "sliding" across the surface in protest/resistance to your turning input thru the steering wheel. If you are not comfortable with that feeling go ahead and take it to the dealer/repair shop and have the ABS system checked/tested. (preferably the dealership)