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Clunking noises during acceleation,steering wheel went out,and leaking fluid. What could this be?

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Some 99+ GM vehicles have problems with the intermediate steering shaft. There is a special grease that goes in the shaft but on some it leaks out and causes a "clunking" or vibration in the steering. If it is leaking power steering fluid then that can be solved by finding the source and replacing the part. The pump could leak, the line from the pump could leak and the steering rack itself could leak. Need to find out which one is the problem first.

A clunk during acceleration is likely in the drive train. Could be a loose universal joint or a lot of play in the differential.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010

  • sternvalenci Sep 30, 2010

    Before the steering wheel and fluid leak today, someone said it was the water pump roblem, Is this related?

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    Ryan Lutton Nov 17, 2010

    The clunking or jerking would be your slip joint. Just remove the drive shaft, grease up the slip joint, problem solved. I have to grease mine up about once a year, but it's an easy job, takes about 15 minutes to do.

    Symptoms of this, would be "clunking" at acceleration and when stopping to a complete stop after the nose dive. Also, I've found that driving at parking lot speeds, the vehicle will **** a little back and forth. But greasing the slip joint, fixes all these problems.

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