Buick LaCrosse Problem Report
Buick LaCrosse Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft
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.
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. - tjp11
Clunking sound when turning at low speeds. All suspension components are tight. Happens mostly when pulling out of parking spot and turning. - Visitor
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. - Visitor
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. - Visitor
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! - Visitor
CREEKING FROM STEERING. SLOW SPEEDS. - Visitor
I had this problem at 50,00 and now 68,000. They want 1400.00 to fix it. NOW WHAT - Visitor
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. - Visitor
slight clunk when you hit a small pot hole,or in sharpe turn. - Visitor
Clunking noise whenever the steering wheel is moved in either direction. - Visitor
I am experiencing the same problem. I took it to a dealer and they diagnosed it to be the steering shaft. - Visitor
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. - Visitor
CLUNKING SOUND WHEN SHIFTING IN GEAR AND TIGHT TURNS IN REVERSE - Visitor
Clunking sound when turning has gotten progressively worse over the last 25000 miles. I have changed suspension bushings on aframe, spindle hub, and driveshafts thinking something was loose. Nothing helps....I believe diagnosis is as describd.....something in sterring column. - Visitor
We had that issue with our 2005 Buick Lacrosse. The first time we took it to the dealer all they did was lubricate it. After a couple of thousand miles the noise returned and the intermediate shaft was replaced. Since then we have had no problem with it. - Visitor
clunking sound when turning - Visitor
Clicking feel in steering wheel - Visitor
I had a clunking sound and took it to my auto mechanic and was told that the intermediate steering shaft needed to be replaced and was given documentation regarding this in a service bulletin which indicated which part to get to fix the problem. Brought it to a GM dealership and they heard the same noise and said it was the brake pads rattling in the brackets. They removed the front pads, cleaned and re-lubed and said that it was fixed. Guess what I am still hearing the clunking sound and now I have the ABS and T/C light on all the time. Also have four items that are coming up: Service ABS System, Service Stability, Service Traction Control and Service Variable Effort Steering. Called GM to get this resolved. Not sure where this is going to end up. VERY FRUSTRATE (to say the least)!!!!!! - Visitor
Clunk Noise from upper intermediate steering shaft as your turning the wheel. After, 103,000 miles we still have the problem. This always concerned me and over the course of the years GM just said it will go away. Now, with this major recall #14299 and this clunk noise in the steering shaft it concerns us even more. - Visitor
Clunking noise in steering when turning sharp right. - Visitor
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