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Saab 9-3 Knocking Noise While Turning and/or a Banging Noise When Driving on Rough Roads

Saab 9-3 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Average Mileage: 81,488 mi (35,000 mi - 161,205 mi)


A knocking noise while turning and/or a banging noise when driving on rough roads may develop in the front suspension. This type of noise is commonly caused by a front strut thrust bearing damaged due to water intrusion. Our technicians tell us revised thrust bearings are available to correct this concern.

  • Visitor,

    knocking noise when i turn the wheel left or right.

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  • Visitor, , 101,000 mi

    Right front passenger side: noise when I go over uneven road or small pothole. Thought it might be plastic lining in wheel whelk or undercarriage. Now I'm thinking its the strut.

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  • nwmeier, , 55,500 mi

    When I turn to the left I hear a crunching noise. what could it be. My mechanic says it could be my ab Axel but I think it could be my bushings.

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  • Visitor, , 161,205 mi

    hear a clicking noise from the right front end as you turn or on rough roads

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  • Visitor, , 80,000 mi

    same knocking noise from front right wheel at low speeds and uneven road surface

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  • Visitor, , 95,000 mi

    Knocking noise when driving on slightly rough road and car steers right when steering wheel is straight

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  • Visitor, , 35,000 mi

    turning to the left it goes click click click...

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  • Visitor, , 62,000 mi

    Local roads are rough and at just 62,000 are experiencing the effects. When turning the steering wheel from center the rack "clunks". It does this in both directions. Also driving over rough roads the front end bangs. I assumed it was the struts or ball joint.

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  • Visitor, , 59,156 mi

    Front end thump, with vibration through steering column, when turning. Only noticable if there is any sort of road imperfection.

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  • Visitor, , 75,000 mi

    When turning, it feels like the steering column is knocking/banging/nudging against something

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