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Old 06-30-2005, 09:48 PM   #11
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Brought mine back into the dealer and he said that he couldn't do anything about and suggested that I just live with it.
A-hole.

I'm surprised that even after a new shaft, the problem is still there. Sure it'* not a disaster, just a bit annoying, feeling that little clunk every time I crank the wheel more than 90 degrees.
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That is strange. I had my other rear window regulator go out on my car a month or two ago. So I went to the dealer and asked him to also replace my intermediate shaft with a newer one. Since then I haven't heard of felt the problem any more. Thankfully, I am still under warranty!

If the problem resurfaces, I'll post again. I wonder if this is truely a permanent fix, or will this resurface again.
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I'm going into another dealer out of town tomorrow to get the new shaft lubed. Hopefully that will cure it for a while.
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Driving at low speed....about 10 - 20 mph....crank the steering wheel right and left. If you feel or hear a clunk, that'* it.

Hey guys, I think this is now happening to my 2000 SLE its not a clunk as much as a light clicking. I dont really hear it as much as feel it .It happens when i turn the wheel even in a slight turn and I can feel it(lightly) in the steering wheel. then again when I straighten out the wheels.
What do you think.????
Any danger of driving her this way till I get to the shop?
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I did buy the extended warrenty when I bought her from a pontiac dealer.
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Any danger of driving her this way till I get to the shop?
No, you didnt even know to look for a problem untill you read in here. You would have to have a lot of steering slop before it became a danger.
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Any danger of driving her this way till I get to the shop?
No, you didnt even know to look for a problem untill you read in here. You would have to have a lot of steering slop before it became a danger.
Thanks Pdad. I just noticed it today and then logged on for a search.
even though I'm sure I read it here on a diff date prior to today.

I need the car this weekend, then I'll make an appointment.
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Don't bother. You'll waste your time.
I just came back from a great up Island trip. Went to the other dealer and had no problem getting the shaft lubed...again.
Did it make a difference...??
A little but the light click is still there sometimes. I'm convinced it is a design flaw.

....while I was having the service done, my son and I dropped over to the Chrysler dealer next door and took a new Magnum Hemi for a test drive...... :P
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I'm beginning to think that this may be another problem.

I read on another post about strut upper bearings.

The light clunk that I can feel in the steering wheel almost feels like this is what it could be.

Can anyone who has had a similar problem help me out.
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Hey dude.

Ok, two things for ya.

First off, pop your hood, reach down into the engine bay to the steering rack and see if you can move it with your hand. I got $10 says you can. It'* two 18mm bolts from the back side of the craddle, jack the car, put a jack stand under it... go in with a wrench and you will see the two bolts behind the swaybar and sticking out from the rack that is mounted to the subframe. you go in from BEHIND the wheels, it is on the subframe below the firewall.

One of mine had backed allmost completely out, the other was not very tight. When turning or hitting hard bumps, I would get a bad clunk/thud, the whole rack was moving when the tire hit something.

Second thing to test for is your tie rod ends going out. Mine were also shot to crap and had to be replaced, helped a lot. you can test for this by jacking the car off the ground, even one side will do, and grabbing the wheel at 9oclock and 3oclock and doing a push pull motion, if it gives its tierods, the tire should be tight and not want to move, or, move the whole steering rack from your force. Mine moved up to 1/4 -1/2 inch when doing this, very bad.

If not the two above, I would say struts, but the whole moving back and fourth at low speeds sounds like the rack is loose.

Scope it out, let me know. mine had done this from 70,000 miles to the 110,000 it has now until I found it. Car drove fine, but had bad torque steer and walked when groves were in the road. Thankfully I found it and it was an easy fix.

report back. At least you can test the rack right away.. mine moved like it was just sitting in there. I discovered it by holding a video camera pointed at it in the engine bay and wigglin the steering wheel as I knew something wasn't right, when I watched the tape i could see the rack all like WEEEEEE YEEEEEHAAAWWW!!!! It was not good.
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