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: 63,641 (8,022–150,000)
7 model years affected: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, more2010, 2011, 2012
60 people reported this problem
45 people shared problem details
2011 Buick LaCrosse112,000
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.
2006 Buick LaCrosse80,000
Clunking noise whenever the steering wheel is moved in either direction.
2010 Buick LaCrosse40,000
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.
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 LaCrosse98,000
slight clunk when you hit a small pot hole,or in sharpe turn.
2005 Buick LaCrosse112,000
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!
2005 Buick LaCrosse150,000
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 LaCrosse29,104
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.
2006 Buick LaCrosse140,000
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.
2007 Buick LaCrosse95,700
I am experiencing the same problem. I took it to a dealer and they diagnosed it to be the steering shaft.
2006 Buick LaCrosse68,000
I had this problem at 50,00 and now 68,000. They want 1400.00 to fix it. NOW WHAT
2007 Buick LaCrosse50,000
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 LaCrosse40,000
Clunking sound when turning steering wheel. Also started to smoke
I have a plunking noise and swishing noise when I drive my car. I had the power steering hose replaced. Took it back and had them check it again and they say it's my struts. I find that hard to believe.
2008 Buick LaCrosse57,599
When I back out from my garage and make a left hand turn to drive out to the road, I will hear a "clunk" upon steering my LaCrosse to the left as I pull forward. I only hear this when the car is being backed out from the garage and the first time I am driving the car that day. After the car has been driven for a short period of time, I cannot hear the "clunk". Unsure, whether or not to get it checked at this time due to it only happening when the car is "cold", and it doesn't do it all the time, nor does it seem to affect the handling of the car.
2007 Buick LaCrosse25,000
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 LaCrosse94,000
Clicking in steering column while turning
2006 Buick LaCrosse50,000
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.
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