Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shafton 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 : 64,850 (20,000–150,000)
5 Years Affected: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011
47 people reported this problem
36 people shared problem details
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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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.
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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.
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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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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!
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2005 Buick LaCrosse29,104
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2006 Buick LaCrosse68,000
I had this problem at 50,00 and now 68,000. They want 1400.00 to fix it. NOW WHAT
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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.
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2005 Buick LaCrosse98,000
slight clunk when you hit a small pot hole,or in sharpe turn.
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2006 Buick LaCrosse80,000
Clunking noise whenever the steering wheel is moved in either direction.
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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.
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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
2011 Buick LaCrosse37,000
I have a regal but it makes a clunking noise when I'm turning, seems to happen on right turns more.
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.
2005 Buick LaCrosse48,000
2005 Buick LaCrosse75,000
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.
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.
2005 Buick LaCrosse27,000
clunking sound when turning
2007 Buick LaCrosse100,000
Clicking feel in steering wheel
2007 Buick LaCrosse59,856
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)!!!!!!
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