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

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.

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Average mileage: 63,767 (8,022–150,000)
6 model years affected: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, more2011, 2012
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2011 Buick LaCrosse 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.
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.
2010 Buick LaCrosse 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.
2006 Buick LaCrosse 80,000 mi,
Clunking noise whenever the steering wheel is moved in either direction.
2005 Buick LaCrosse 98,000 mi,
slight clunk when you hit a small pot hole,or in sharpe turn.
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.
2005 Buick LaCrosse 29,104 mi,
CREEKING FROM STEERING. SLOW SPEEDS.
2005 Buick LaCrosse 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.
2005 Buick LaCrosse 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!
2006 Buick LaCrosse 140,000 mi,
Have had the clunk noise and have taken it 3 times to different dealers to have it fixed and each time they tell me that the clunk noise will come back. They assusred me it will not cause any safety issues, but it will continue to happen until Buick comes up with a better fix for the problem. I had always considered Buick a high quality product and high quality Brand. It appears they are no longer interested in high quality.
2012 Buick LaCrosse 8,022 mi,
Clunking sound when making sharp turns. Stabilitrak light came on twice, then stopped. Originally told repair could be $700-1200 to scare me into buying a new car. Guess I'll find out as I'm bringing into GM for service tomorrow.
2007 Buick LaCrosse 95,700 mi,
I am experiencing the same problem. I took it to a dealer and they diagnosed it to be the steering shaft.
2006 Buick LaCrosse 68,000 mi,
I had this problem at 50,00 and now 68,000. They want 1400.00 to fix it. NOW WHAT
When the steering wheel is turned, there is a noise that sounds metal to nylon or plastic. There is a sensation of some part of the steering is loading up (hesitating) then releasing suddenly, accompanied with a soft tap. This is only a sensation, I don't believe it hesitates. It occurs either direction of the turn
2007 Buick LaCrosse 50,000 mi,
Dealer told me they have to remove shaft and repack with new grease about 100.00 But there is a upgrade for about 300.00, This leads me to think possible recall? Clunk is not noticed in summer just when its cold Has not been repaired yet
2007 Buick LaCrosse 40,000 mi,
Clunking sound when turning steering wheel. Also started to smoke
2007 Buick LaCrosse 25,000 mi,
everytime I turn.... I hear a clicking noise. although it is a known fact for these cars and a defect....they will not correct at their expense
2005 Buick LaCrosse 94,000 mi,
Clicking in steering column while turning
2006 Buick LaCrosse 50,000 mi,
Clunking sound seems to come from right front of car and sometimes the rear right? Usually/first noticed when going into reverse when backing out of garage. Also seen when making right turn on an incline from a stop sign etc. Shop diagnosis is intermediate shaft for $300 plus a realignment to repair.
2005 Buick LaCrosse 39,639 mi,
I've noticed the steering noise for a while but going down a mountain on a road trip recently it felt like my driver's wheel was going to fall off each time I hit the brakes. I haven't found out if this is the only problem I have yet