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Turn the steering wheel right or left, and there is a distinct 'clunking'. There appears to be a universal joint in the steering column--is this the problem? It's not hard to steer and it's straight going down the road. Any advice to solve the problem would br appreciated. Thanks. 2004 Chev Malibou Maxx. Carmen

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  • butchartck Aug 27, 2010

    I'll check the boots that you have described. Thanks for now and I'll let you know what I find.

    Thanks

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It may be a torn or damaged CV joint boot on the axle. When these rubber boots become worn, they will rip open and release the grease inside, when this happens you get clunking or sevear chattering. You can look under the front of the vehicle and visually inspect the boots. From behind the tire, you will see a ruuber boot, and another boot located closer to the transmission, which is near the middle of the car.
It may also be a loose exhaust system component or engine/ trans mount.

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  • GetMeOttaHere Aug 27, 2010

    Also have someone turn the wheel back and forth, and look at the steering coupling to see if you can isolate the noise (with the engine NOT running).

  • butchartck Aug 28, 2010

    OK, will do when I can get some help. It wiill be a few days. Thanks

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