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Old 10-01-2003, 10:50 PM   #1
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My mother owns a 2001 SSEi, and it makes a strange and irritating clicking noise when you turn the wheel. Does anyone who owns a 2000 + experience the same problem? She brought it to a mechanic and I forgot what he said it was but it would cost like $2k to fix. What the hell is it
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I own a 02 SSEI AND I'm having the same problem with my car. I'm taking it to the dealer in 2 weeks to find out what it is. I'll keep you posted, but if you find out whats the problem before me, than keep me posted.


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My mother owns a 2001 SSEi, and it makes a strange and irritating clicking noise when you turn the wheel. Does anyone who owns a 2000 + experience the same problem? She brought it to a mechanic and I forgot what he said it was but it would cost like $2k to fix. What the hell is it
$2K.....I bet it can be fixed for much less than that. Had the same problem on my 2000 ssei. Progressivly got worse, until I couldn't stand it. Felt as though something was grabbing in the steering column about every 10 degrees of turning. Ended up being the U-joint in the steering shaft, that is connected to the steering box. Dealer found the Tech note, used the recommended lube kit, and it was all better. Net cost....$0.

Start there, see if that fixes it. If it does, find a new mechanic.
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Thanks, yeah I was thinking it could be fixed with proper lubrication. $2k is pretty retarded for such a minor problem
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I got the same problem with mine. I guess I'll need to hit the dealer sometime about it.
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I've got a 2000 SLE with 100,000-plus miles (long commute). I have had mine in 5 times for this exact problem. It was diagnosed as "internal binding of steering gear" and replaced 3 times under warranty. About the third time, I was told by the service guy that there had been a redesign of at least one of the mating gears. Each time, it will drive okay for several thousand miles. It'* now happening again, and Pontiac says they won't help because I'm out of the warranty. There are some other posts about a steering noise corrected by some lubrication kit. I don't know if it'* the same problem or not. VERY ANNOYING.
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Yeah my 2001 se is doing the same thing, i was running low on fluid so i filled it up and thought it would get rid of it but it didn't. It did get rid of the whine it was making though. That would be cool if i could get more info on this lube kit.
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I just called the dealership about this lube kit, and, although there is a service bulletin that shows how to lube the half shaft, there is apparently no official recall for this problem. For those of you that are still under warranty, I think you can just ask them about it and get it fixed; I'm screwed unless/until Pontiac makes this a recall. Anybody know how likely that is to happen?
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Hey mokenka,

Do you have a link to that service bulletin so I could print it out and do it myself?

ps. thanks for the info!
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