Question about 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
We have a 2006 cobalt ls, 45,000 miles. when going over bumps in the road and expecially down rocky drive it is makeing very loud clunking noises. Sounds like coming from both sides in front. Both tires are new and balanced, they were removed and everything is tight. Swaybar links have been replaced and seem tight. Any help?
THIS IS THE REAR CONTROL ARM BUSHINGS THE BANGING IS THE CONTROL ARM HITTING THE K FRAME
Posted on Mar 24, 2009
This is most likely one or both of these:
The intermediate steering shaft loses lubrication and develops a clunk - this is an engineering deficiency in many GM products dating back to the early 90s.
The electrically assisted steering column actually has plastic gears in it which wear down quickly, get sloppy and cause clunking through the steering wheel.
If your car is out of warranty, this will be expensive.
GM knows about both of these issues, and continues to engineer these problems into their products.
Posted on Mar 05, 2009
The problem is that the cobalt is built with cheap inexpensive parts. well they are expensive for the consumer, i have an 05, and for as long as i live i will never buy another chevy vehicle, i spend more keeping it on the road than i do paying for, get your control arm bushings checked out, ive had three sets on mine in 9 months, and then make sure they check your alignment, when mine where checked theyre was hardly a bushing left, and it knocked my alignment out , and ruined my tires, hope this helps thanks
Posted on Jan 07, 2010
There was a recall a year ago on some PLASTIC parts that were installed in the steering colum you may incuire at your dealership, this is covered under the recall and will not cost you anything.
Posted on Nov 22, 2008
Change the sway bar end links. Moog makes a better quality replacement ( thicker and has grease fittings )
Posted on Apr 05, 2013
I have a 2007 cobalt. Had clunking noise in front suspension. I changed the lower control arm bushing. Problem solved on that side. Now the other side is starting to do the same thing. Make sure you check it closely. Took a lot of looking to find the problem. Hopefully this will help you. $10.00 part at Oreilly auto parts.
Posted on Jul 22, 2013
Just change the sway bar bushings!!
Posted on Nov 14, 2011
Could be your control arms or shocks. Get those checked out
Posted on Dec 24, 2008
It's not only GM I have an 09' fird that has this issue. I have had both shocks replaced..not it! I am now going to tell them to make sure shocks are stiff enough for the weight; check clearence of my tires, tie rod, and steering knuckle. Oh yeah, and for the camber/toe alignment. It does get fustrating but now that it's been 6 mos. and nothing new I'm making the calls since I pay for the dang car and warranty. Very fustrating indeed...
Posted on Apr 24, 2012
I always had the same problem, and just had mine in for safety...they failed it because of the link kits in the front, and the bushings between frame and front suspension...hope this helps
Posted on Mar 17, 2009
Revisit the sway bar links.
Posted on Nov 26, 2014
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