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Buick LaCrosse Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft

Buick LaCrosse Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011

Average Mileage: 63,681 mi (20,000 mi - 150,000 mi)


The steering may develop a clunk type noise from the upper intermediate steering shaft.  Our technicians tell us that you should check with your local GM dealer to find out what the latest repair is for this condition.

  •  Rookie

    I just had this problem repaired at my local dealership. It was a clunking noise during turning that did not effect performance but it was annoying. Get the tech to turn the steering wheel a bit so he can hear/feel it. He will be able to diagnose this common problem and effect the repair in about 30 minutes. Required replacement of the intermediate steering shaft which is located just below the steering wheel under the plastic housing. He advised that it is a very common problem but not a safety issue.

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  • The grinding or clunking noise happens when turning the wheel. It occurs in cooler weather (late fall to early spring) I assume from the lubricant being less viscous. The car only has 29,000 miles on it but the noise started about 3 years ago. A service bulletin from GM indicates a loss of lubricant.

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  • Visitor, , 112,000 mi

    I have the same clunking. My dealer needs to order the new mid shaft and install it. I never had this happen to any car I owned. Where is GM's help? Why is there no recall? $225.00 for something that should never go wrong!

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  • Visitor, , 40,000 mi

    loud thud front right side of vehicle,noise comes and go can be heard more during cold season. dealer is trying to convince me that my vehicle may have been in a accident.there is no sign of damage to vehicle it drives fine it just makes this annoying noise at times, dealer had my car for 2 weeks and this is what they come up with.

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  • Visitor, , 29,104 mi


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  • Visitor, , 112,000 mi

    Clunking sound when turning at low speeds. All suspension components are tight. Happens mostly when pulling out of parking spot and turning.

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  • Visitor, , 68,000 mi

    I had this problem at 50,00 and now 68,000.
    They want 1400.00 to fix it.


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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi

    There has been a clunking noise when I turn the wheel left or right. This has been occurring for at least the past 60,000 miles.

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  • Visitor, , 98,000 mi

    slight clunk when you hit a small pot hole,or in sharpe turn.

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  • Visitor, , 80,000 mi

    Clunking noise whenever the steering wheel is moved in either direction.

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