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

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: 89,109 (12,100–250,000)
11 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014
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problem details
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.
2006 Chevrolet Impala 23,300 mi,
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!
2008 Chevrolet Impala 94,000 mi,
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.
2005 Chevrolet Impala 65,000 mi,
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
2008 Chevrolet Impala 50,000 mi,
I also have that clunking noise coming from the steering column
2003 Chevrolet Impala 250,000 mi,
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.
Popping noise heard and felt in steering column...........
2005 Chevrolet Impala 98,000 mi,
Replaced intermediate steering shaft
2007 Chevrolet Impala 90,000 mi,
Clunking issue at when turning at low speeds hope is don't get any worse
2004 Chevrolet Impala 70,000 mi,
Pulled shaft out and lubed it
Steering has clunking sound when driving.Technician said intermediate steering shaft has too much slack
2007 Chevrolet Impala 61,000 mi,
Clunking noise and hammer feeling from the steering wheel
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.
2002 Chevrolet Impala 98,500 mi,
When turning right I hear a single current noise, I do not understand what it is and I have not got it fixed yet
2004 Chevrolet Impala 88,000 mi,
Replaced the intermediate shaft. Problem resolved.
I had this problem with my car. I noticed this weird "clunk" noise developing at the front of the car, usually whenever I'd turn a street corner. It scared the crap out of me, because I thought it was a bearing, or a ball joint, or some other important part of the wheels. I took the car into a couple different garages, a few different times with this complaint. Each time, my car was returned to me with the usual "we can't locate/re-create the problem". So that scared the crap out of me even more, because I could hear and maybe even *feel* the problem. I felt positive that *something* was wrong... Finally after I reached my boiling point with the issue, I did a Google search one day and I found some kind of GM report about this, stating that the intermediate steering column needed to be replaced. The report also stated that packing the column with grease was only a temporary fix. I printed the report off and turned it in to my mechanic along with the car. My mechanic followed the instructions for testing for the problem, and he verified that's what the issue was. My mechanic informed me that his vehicle does this as well, and that it's somewhat common. He told me it wasn't a safety issue, just an annoyance. I felt relieved to finally have some answers, and I was more than happy to pay the $300 to fix it, because this problem kept me clenching while driving the car for about a year.