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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
Average mileage: 88,523 (20,000–180,500)
4 model years affected: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
34 people reported this problem
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clunking noise when turn steering wheel to right of left. Sounds like a spring vibration
Clunking sound when turning steering wheel left or right.
If I take the steering wheel move it back and forth it clunks. Have not fixed yet but I hope to figure it out soon
Clunk that causes Strut spring to ping when turning the steering wheel left of right, moving or sitting
clunking in steering had fixed at 70,000 now doing it again at 160,000
Grinding noise off and on in steering. Only when making a turn and usually in cold weather. Noise disappears shortly after driving.
when turning the steering wheel left or right ,moving or sitting still it makes a heavy clunking noise, both front wheel bearing failed and the noise is still there. Many other problems I really don't like this car. I have hade several Buicks in the past this is not a Buick,just a piece of junk
Popping noise coming from front end. From driver seat sounds like in right front area. Techs have told me intermediate shaft is bad and if replaced will do again after a few more miles . Very aggravating when driving on a street going 35-40 mph and hear this popping noise. Still not fixed.
clunk noise in upper left engine area when making right turn
for about 4500 miles I have been getting a cluck in the streering when the car is going 15MPH or slower. I have taken it to Buick as well as 2 other shops and no one can find why.
This problem started on the way home from the purchase, has been adjusted, repaired, and finally replaced. Still a small knock, but the best it's been, leave well enough alone.
My "clunk" noise called to dealer's attention repeatedly since 15K. I was tood then it was strut problem but was not a safety concern. Now, with 141K, it did not heal itself but is clunking MUCH more frequently. Also, front bearing now vibrating. My LeSabres would drive smoothly for 200K + or -.

Guess it's time to move to another manufacturer after 8 new and 6 used GM vehicles.
Just purchased my car. When I turn it to the right or left and hit it makes a clunking noise. If I hit a bump for example coming out of my apartment parking lot which is paved it is a louder noise. I am taking it in to get checked this week.
clunking noise when you turn right or left always time of purchase
When turning the wheel more to the right it makes a loud clunking noise. It's definitely something there because I don't only hear it I feel it as well.
When turning or backing up notice clunking noise
Clanking noise when moving steering wheel back and forth. Sounds like deeper in suspension rather than intermediate shaft to me, but I am not certain. Taking it in for diagnosis this week.
Clanks down shaft when turning wheel. Have not taken in for service yet.
slight clunking sound around 20000 miles now sound way worse at slow speeds and hitting bumps 107000 miles on car now
I hear a whining noise when i turn my steering wheel.