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.
Car Problem Reports
Buick LaCrosse Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft
Buick LaCrosse Problem
Average Mileage: 63,423 mi (26,000 mi - 150,000 mi)
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.
Visitor, 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!
Visitor, 2006 Buick LaCrosse, 68,000 mi
I had this problem at 50,00 and now 68,000.
They want 1400.00 to fix it.
Visitor, 2005 Buick LaCrosse, 29,104 mi
CREEKING FROM STEERING. SLOW SPEEDS.
Visitor, 2005 Buick LaCrosse
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, 2006 Buick LaCrosse, 80,000 mi
Clunking noise whenever the steering wheel is moved in either direction.
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 2005 Buick LaCrosse, 140,000 mi
Clunking sound when turning, just started now that the weather has cooled down.
Visitor, 2005 Buick LaCrosse, 65,000 mi
I bought a 2005 Lacrosse in 2009 to replace my 96 Regal. At about 65,000 miles it developed a clunking sound usally when the whell was being turned. I took the car to several GM shops.....mistake!! and had the issue diagnosed at one shop as the intermediate steering shaft-$600 to fix. At another GM shop they said I needed to replace the rack and pinion, tie rods, power steering pump and line and said the struts needed replaced. Cost without the power steering pump and struts $1,850. I was a bit suspicious so I took the car to a local small garage that does Md inspections and told them to inspect the car for sale. My wife and I dropped the car off and were driving home when the shop called to say they had found the problem....the front stabilizer bar had a fatigue crack all the way through it right at the attachment point and the only thing holding it together was the bolt. I told them to repair it and they had the car ready 4 hrs. later. Total cost was $475 which included the inspection, windshield wipers, and fixing a leaking brake caliper. Had I listened to the GM shop I would have spent at least $1850 and the car would not have been fixed.