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Pontiac Bonneville Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft

Pontiac Bonneville Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 119,850 mi (46,000 mi - 219,215 mi)


The steering may develop a clunk type noise from the upper intermediate steering shaft.  Our technicians tell us that you should check with you local GM dealer to find out what the latest repair is for this condition.

  • Visitor, , 110,000 mi

    Clunk isn't loud nor does it affect the driving of my car. Had it fixed at the dealership with a kit GM has for this issue. Lasted a few years, in need of another fix at 170,000 miles. I love this car even with it's clunky steering shaft!!

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  • Visitor, , 200,000 mi

    I have a 2000 SLE Boneville and my steering has the clunking noise. I came across a new steering shaft made by Dorman PN# 425154 that is supposed to eliminate this problem. Dorman re-engineered the shaft to eliminate the clunking and or binding in the steering column. Rockauto auto parts online sell them for about $85.00. Autozone and Oreilly's sell them for about $109.00 give or take a couple of bucks. Haven't bought my new shaft yet, when I do I'll repost the results.

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    I have owned a 2000 and 2003 Boneville SSei. They both have this problem. All it requires is to have the knuckle greased. When it starts making noise again add more grease.

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  • Visitor, , 127,000 mi

    clunking noise in steering shaft

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi


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  •  Rookie

    Clunking sound from steering wheel. This happened a number of years ago. 11/2005 had the dealer replace the Intermediate steering shaft. Now this problem has regenerated . Well, I guess it lasted for 9 years.

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  • Visitor, , 219,215 mi

    Had front end work done...after spending approximately $1600 on it alone, the mechanic warned me as I drove off that there is a clunk noise he can't fix. The only suggestion he had was for me to deal with it!

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    when you turn the steering wheel it makes a clunking noise.

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  • Visitor, , 62,500 mi

    Somewhat of a clicking noise and feeling in the steering wheel (kind of like two gears slipping over each other). I have had it repaired 2xs. The dealership has charged me 50% of the cost both times (the vehicle was still under warranty). The dealership stated it is a wear & tear issue. First time they greased the intermittent shaft, the second they stated they replaced the shaft. Both times the problem returned with-in 6 months. In 40 years I have never had this problem in any-other vehicle, nor, have I ever heard of such a problem.
    Many other Bonneville owners have this same dilemma. GM/Pontiac should stand behind their mistakes.
    I have spoke with the dealership for the additional third repair, it would be 100% my expense, somewhere around $400+. A non dealership quoted me $248. An embarrassing and annoying problem.

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  • Visitor, , 82,000 mi

    Problems similar to those above. $400 repair bill. Soon after air bag warning light stays on. Susspect the broke the clock spring when repairing the intermediate shaft.

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