Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft on Chevrolet Impala

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
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Average mileage: 89,116 (12,100–250,000)
12 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
143 people reported this problem
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Clunking/grinding noise coming from the steering column. Car is not driven hard, and not everyday. It's my Granny mobile and I want it to be safe, but this steering noise worries me. Is this a safety issue or just an annoyance. Any help?
when turning stering wheel makes a clunk noise all the time
makes noise when turning. Is this a recall.
GM dealer has to replace intermediate steering shaft. There is NO other option to correct this problem/noise/issue.
Clunk in the steering. Been told it is a known problem, and the steering shaft has to be replaced. Should be under warranty as I beleive this is a recall.
I want to know what I have to do to fix the steering clunk noise on my car. Thank you!
A mild clunking noise has been heard/felt when I turn ever since I bought the car new. I decided if it didn't get any worse that it was something I could live with. So far, so good.
Two years ago it started with clicking noises when turn right. It got worse, now when turn left or right there were loud clunking noises, some time it sounds like rubber rubbing and at slow speed while making turn there were jumps feels like the tire is coming off. Replaced new drive axils, front wheel bearings and shock assembly none of those solve the issues. Last thing to do will be the Intermediate Steering before junk this Impala.
I feel a bumping sensation in steering at slower speeds.i"ve been told it's the intermediate drive shaft.haven't had it repaired yet
I also have that clunking noise coming from the steering column
Popping noise heard and felt in steering column...........
Replaced intermediate steering shaft
Clunking issue at when turning at low speeds hope is don't get any worse
Clunking noise and hammer feeling from the steering wheel
Steering has clunking sound when driving.Technician said intermediate steering shaft has too much slack
Pulled shaft out and lubed it
When turning right I hear a single current noise, I do not understand what it is and I have not got it fixed yet
same clunk noise when I turn the steering wheel backing up or when I go from a stopped position to go. The dealership failed to recognize the problem within the 30 day Lemon law warranty. I'm going back this following Friday 39 days after purchase to complain and demand that they repair the intermediate shaft seeing as it's the only thing that could be making the noise at this point. The ball bearings, tie-rod ends, struts and all other bearings are fine. I purchased my vehicle from O'Connor Chevrolet on Henrietta rd. in Henrietta NY
bought the car at a GSA auction The min i drove off the lot i knew it had issues with the shaft, called Chev office up and thay were supprise to hear of this. thay ask to work with them, bottom line it cost me 150 dollars to put a new one on ,50 for the dealer to find out what was wrong and i only had to pay 100.
When turning the steering joint or something makes a clunk noise