Hi everyone! I have an 02 sle and every morning or after about 1hr parked when I turn my steering wheel for the first time (either way) I hear a loud clunk/boing that i can feel in the driver side floor. I do not feel it in the steering wheel column however, and it only happens this one time. I just had new tie-rods and wheel bearings put on, not for this reason, but this was happening before and is still happening after all of that. Does anyone know if I should try to lube my strut bearings as a possible cause? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
I think there is steering shaft knuckle problem with the newer Bonneville'* that bang and make all sorts of bad sounds.
There is a way to lube it up but by the time you get to it you might as well replace it.
Do a search for Bonneville 2000 and newer steering shaft knuckle problems
Thanks for the help guys. The noise itself does not come from the steering column or shaft. I do have the slightly common clunky steering, but this is something totally different. I lubed the strut bearing today at work and I didn't here it once at all after that. The true test is tomorrow morning after she'* been sitting all night. I'll let you know if I was able to solve this issue this way.
[QUOTE=AandF924;1360263]I do have the slightly common clunky steering, but this is something totally different. I lubed the strut bearing today at work and I didn't here it once at all after that.QUOTE]
don't know how he did it..but..
open your hood and on both strut towers there is a black dust shield that is at the top of both towers.
remove it and look for 3 holes in the bearing. put a good quality oil down those holes.