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.
Car Problem Reports
Saab 9-3 Knocking Noise While Turning and/or a Banging Noise When Driving on Rough Roads
Saab 9-3 Problem
Average Mileage: 74,873 mi (35,000 mi - 130,000 mi)
Visitor, 2004 Saab 9-3
knocking noise when i turn the wheel left or right.
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.
Visitor, 2006 Saab 9-3, 80,000 mi
same knocking noise from front right wheel at low speeds and uneven road surface
Visitor, 2008 Saab 9-3, 95,000 mi
Knocking noise when driving on slightly rough road and car steers right when steering wheel is straight
Visitor, 2006 Saab 9-3, 35,000 miRookie
turning to the left it goes click click click...
Visitor, 2004 Saab 9-3, 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.
Visitor, 2006 Saab 9-3, 59,156 mi
Front end thump, with vibration through steering column, when turning. Only noticable if there is any sort of road imperfection.
Visitor, 2004 Saab 9-3, 75,000 mi
When turning, it feels like the steering column is knocking/banging/nudging against something
Visitor, 2004 Saab 9-3, 53,000 mi
same problem, mechanic quoted $350 to fix