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Old 01-08-2007, 07:07 PM   #1
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im not sure if any other of you guys have this but i think its primarily an 00+ issue (at least thats what the dealer convinced my dad).

when i first bought my 01 ssei, we test drove it and when the wheel was turned to the right sometimes it made a noise, sort of like the noise a whale makes and we asked the dealer what it was. he told us it was something about the electronic system so we never thought any of it.

for some reason i just decided id bring it up since none of you talk about and see if any of you have this problem or have had it and dealt with it
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It could be the intermediate steering shaft assembly. MANY members have had problems with them on the 2000 and newer bonnevilles.

If you missed the STICKY in the 2000+ mechanical problems forum, you can click here:

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...ic.php?t=41677

It has a video and describes the common symtoms member'* have experienced as well as the cost of resolving the issue.
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thanks but tahts not it, i watched the video and stuff

that just sounds like somethings clicking, this really is a loud noise ande veryone notices it and is like "wtf is that?" it sounds like a whale.. ill try to get a video of it
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This is the THIRD THREAD in two days from people with basically the same complaint. Don't people search or read at least the first page and the stickies before they post?? Just seems like common sense to me.

Im going to say this ONE more time...

1 Intermediate Shaft
2. Strut Beraring

90% chances its one of them.....
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You may have the problem listed in this technical service bulleting, which says in part....

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Steering - Vibration, Shudder, or Moan Noise

File In Section: 02 - Steering Bulletin

No.: 99-02-32-007A

Date: February, 2001

TECHNICAL
Subject:
Steering Vibration/Shudder/Moan During Parking Maneuvers on Dry Pavement (Install Power Steering Pressure (Inlet) and/or Return (Outlet) Hose Assembly)

Models:
1995-99 Buick Riviera
1997-2001 Buick Park Avenue, Ultra
2000-2001 Buick LeSabre
2000-2001 Pontiac Bonneville

This bulletin is being revised to add the 2001 model year and to update the parts information. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 99-02-32-007 (Section 2 - Steering)

Condition

Some customers may comment on a steering vibration, shudder or moan noise when steering during parking maneuvers on dry pavement.

Correction

Install a new power steering pressure (inlet) hose assembly on the following vehicles:
^ 1995-98 Buick Riviera

^ 1997-98 Buick Park Avenue and Ultra

Install a new power steering pressure (inlet) and return (outlet) hose assembly on the following vehicles:
^ 1999 Buick Riviera

^ 1999-2001 Buick Park Avenue and Ultra

^ 2000-2001 Buick LeSabre

^ 2000-2001 Pontiac Bonneville Diagnosis

Important : In diagnosing the above listed vehicles, do not overlook other obvious repairs prior to replacing the hose(*).

1. Verity that the power steering pump reservoir is full.

^ If fluid level is low, till and check for leaks.

^ If power steering system has air in the system, perform the "Bleeding Air from Power Steering System" procedure as described in the Power Steering System sub-section of the Service Manual.

Important : When performing the "Bleeding Air from Power Steering System" procedure, it is important that the front of the vehicle is supported by the lower control arms. If the vehicle is not supported by the lower control arms, the procedure may cause the strut bushing to dislocate and cause new concern.

2. Verify that the accessory drive belt is in good condition and that the pulleys are not bent or damaged.

3. Verify proper belt tension and operation of the belt tensioner.

4. Check for power steering hose ground out conditions.

5. Check for good engine idle and correct engine RPM.

6. Check to see that the rear transaxle mount does not have a plastic assembly aid installed which is used for assembly purposes. If the assembly aid is installed, remove the assembly aid and install the rear transaxle mount.

7. With the vehicle on dry pavement, maneuver the vehicle in parking positions. If the steering vibrates/shudders or moans in this test, replace the power steering pressure hose and/or the harmonic balancer.

Important : A defective harmonic balancer on the 1995 Buick Riviera can influence steering vibrations after power steering hose installation.

Important : When installing the pressure hose on the 1995 Buick Riviera, pull down on the pressure hose at the rear of the engine or bend the hose to allow clearance between the hose and the front of the dash.

Power Steering Pressure (Inlet) Hose Replacement Procedure
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