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Old 02-21-2007, 02:21 PM   #1
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> I was going through Edmunds trying to find more information on my
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> purchase of a 1996 Bonneville SSE and found this site, which I think
> should be of great help in gaining knowledge on this car.
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> The car is in excellent shape both body and engine it has only
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> kilometers (70,000 Mi.) , not bad for a 11 year old car. It had one
> owner, who I know personally, and how he maintains his cars.
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> My concern is a crakling noise I get when turning the steering wheel,
he
> says that the noise has been there practically since new, and has
never
> had any problem with it.
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> Id just like know if anyone has had the same problem, and if there
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What'* with all the > > > >?

Welcome to the club! Put your car details in your signature (under 'Profile' on top of the webpage) so we know from now on what your car is.

To me this really sounds like your upper strut bearings / mounts. At 70K I'm guessing they are original. I would try greasing the bearings to see if the noise decreases. They are under the black caps on the strut towers.

It shouldn't be too much of a problem. And replacing them would be a waste if the struts are ok IMO.
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Bonne94ssei, it could be from an interpreter program.

As mentioned, this could be the strut mounts. Could also be a dried out steering component. I would suggest checking the power steering fluid and the various components including the struts and strut bearings.
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Thanks guys Ill look into both of your suggestions.
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