Question about Chevrolet Malibu
It could be many things. Check the usual suspects, tie rod ends, ball
joints and steering rack (or box if equipped.) You didn't mention the
Chevy, but if it has a rack/pinion, check that for play/binding. If it
has a steering box, check the pitman and idler arms. Just as additional details, Intermediate steering shaft clunking is a common recurring problem on
the Impala as well as their light trucks. From my experience, the
improve replacement parts do not eliminate the problem, and the same
condition will return with time.
Most common problem that causes this is the top mounts on the front suspension, they are supposed to turn, but can stick as they get older, thats what can cause the noise you are describing, I had mine done under warrenty, but I doubt they are very expensive to fix, just need new top mounts.
Best way to clarify if this is the problem, open the bonnet, get someone to turn the wheel lock to lock, and listen to the top mounts, if you can hear it comming from one of them you know this is the problem; best replace both though, the other will follow.
Posted on Sep 13, 2010
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