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Thumping or clicking sound when turning

Have an 06 Malibu 3.5L V6 engine and no visible power steering reservoir, does it use PS fluid or is it hydraulic in that model its an LS.

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I am having the same problem with my Malibu 2006 and their was a recall for the steering column and it was fixed but I was also told at the same time that the steering rack needed to be repaired due to a leak, and it is not covered under the same recall. I feel that it needs repairing due to the problem with the steering column since I have had the car for 6 yrs and it now has 100,000 miles, which according to GM is about the time the car should be "needing repairs". Is anyone else having the same problem with their Steering Rack, please let me know.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

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    mrdcuevas Oct 29, 2012

    my steering column was locking on me while driving i was told that it had a special manufacturer's warranty upto 150,000 miles and it was replaced at no cost to me

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It has not power steering pump. Its electric assisted. Need more info let me know. Thanks

Posted on Feb 13, 2009

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    James Bradburn Feb 13, 2009

    Just in case theres a problem with the power steering here is a tip i ran across.


    Loss of power steering assist, power steering warning message displayed in dic, ipc/radio displays erratic, DTC c0900, B1325 set (replace ignition coil/module assembly and add ground strap). Vehicles with 3.5l engine.


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Probably electronic steering

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