Pontiac Bonneville Problems

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

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 you local GM dealer to find out what the latest repair is for this condition.

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Pontiac Bonneville Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 121,824 (46,000–219,215)
6 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005
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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.
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.
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!!
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.
I have had three Bonneville SSEI. The first was a 1994. I loved this car, no manifold leak, no clunk in steering, no problems. Then I bought a 2000 Bonneville. They replaced my rack an pinion twice, the steering shaft twice. Then I bought a 2003 Bonneville. At about 30,000 miles the clunk started in the steering. I replaced the steering shaft and it wasn't long til it was back. My mechanic said, just put up with it. We can keep replacing, and it will continue to happen. It doesn't hurt anything, it just annoys you.
Have had the steering shaft replaced twice. Still makes noise. Seems to me GM should be forced to fix this.
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!
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.
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.
cluncking sound when turning in steering column. 1st time was under warranty. 2nd time it wasn't. I took it back in to a dealer repair shop and was told, "oh yea, what we were doing to fix that didn't work so we tried something else, but that didn't work either. So if you have under 60,000 on it we'll go ahead and replace it with part # 4. Of course I was over 60,000