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OHpage21
07-22-2012, 04:41 PM
My wife has an 06 Malibu with 130K miles. She said it started to make a terrible clunking noise while turning the steering wheel left and sometimes right. I figured it was ball joints or tie rods gone bad.

I jacked it up this morning and checked it out. Ball joints are tight, tie rods are tight. No play in either.

Does anyone have suggestions? There was a recall on the steering column a few years back. Her car was in and it was replaced at the dealer.

Thoughts?

Footin
07-22-2012, 04:48 PM
CV joints?

vogelm1
07-22-2012, 04:53 PM
My first reaction is the CV joint. Sometimes the accordion boot on the front drive axle tears or gets brittle with age and dirt, grit, etc get in there and destroy the joint. And joints just wear out too. If you're handy with tools it is a DIY job. If it is indeed the CV joint, best just to get a rebuilt drive axle with new inner and outer CV joints; they are typically $125 - $250 depending on make/model. There's an axle shaft on each side, so you'll need to figure out which side is shot - roll down the windows and see if you can tell which side it's coming from. Hope this helps and good luck!

OHpage21
07-22-2012, 04:54 PM
Wouldnt CV joints create a constant thumping or whomping noise? It is a single clunk when turning the steering wheel.

milkmania
07-22-2012, 07:00 PM
this might help
http://community.cartalk.com/discussion/2149779/2006-chevy-malibu-clunkknock-noise

http://www.justanswer.com/chevy/17z7w-something-loose-front-2006-malibu.html

http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f12e42c/52

vogelm1
07-22-2012, 07:14 PM
Wouldnt CV joints create a constant thumping or whomping noise? It is a single clunk when turning the steering wheel.

Yeah, it would be a thump, thump, thump, or click, click, click as it's spinning. By your description I wasn't sure if constant or just once during turning. In this case, I think Milk may be onto something with his links.

OHpage21
07-22-2012, 08:08 PM
this might help
http://community.cartalk.com/discussion/2149779/2006-chevy-malibu-clunkknock-noise

http://www.justanswer.com/chevy/17z7w-something-loose-front-2006-malibu.html

http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f12e42c/52



That is everything i am experiencing with the steering system. You guys are excellent. Thank you for the help.

milkmania
07-22-2012, 09:05 PM
That is everything i am experiencing with the steering system. You guys are excellent. Thank you for the help.
I'm not a real life mechanic, but I all my own stunts...... and google is my friend:D

just tell the wifey she needs to grease the shaft more often:uglyhamme



good luck, I hope it's that easy of a fix for you.....

JimN
07-22-2012, 09:31 PM
My wife has an 06 Malibu with 130K miles. She said it started to make a terrible clunking noise while turning the steering wheel left and sometimes right. I figured it was ball joints or tie rods gone bad.

I jacked it up this morning and checked it out. Ball joints are tight, tie rods are tight. No play in either.

Does anyone have suggestions? There was a recall on the steering column a few years back. Her car was in and it was replaced at the dealer.

Thoughts?

Pittman arm, idler arm, center link, etc. Have someone turn the wheel with the engine off while you're underneath, looking for loose connections and listening for the clunk.

The steering column may be loose, too.

milkmania
07-23-2012, 01:26 AM
something that works very well for isolating noises is to use a 2 or 3 foot piece of rubber hose as a make-shift stethoscope....

Brian B
07-23-2012, 01:31 AM
Am I the only person who initially wondered how they logged mileage on a boat? Tie rods, ball joints?

Is this her ride?

http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/MalibuCorvetteBoatwCar_8001.jpg

milkmania
07-23-2012, 03:09 AM
Am I the only person who initially wondered how they logged mileage on a boat? Tie rods, ball joints?

Is this her ride?

http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/MalibuCorvetteBoatwCar_8001.jpg

no, you're not..... as soon as I saw 06 Malibu... I thought
http://www.techimo.com/forum/attachments/debateimo-politics-religion-controversy/23747d1289945872-why-not-let-tsa-grab-your-junk-do-you-have-something-hide-oh-boy-here-we-go-again.jpg

then I read further and figured he was talking about the GM product8p

SilviaMan
07-23-2012, 09:27 AM
We work on alot of chevy's around here and that intermediate shaft issue is a common complaint. It has been my experience that the noise will come back after repairs have been made.
Greasing it works for a while, replacing it will work for a while.
Some of our customers choose to just deal with the clunk.

BJ_one
07-23-2012, 10:43 AM
We work on alot of chevy's around here and that intermediate shaft issue is a common complaint. It has been my experience that the noise will come back after repairs have been made.
Greasing it works for a while, replacing it will work for a while.
Some of our customers choose to just deal with the clunk.

100% agree here, very very common complaint, noise sounds like its coming from under the steering wheel area, very noticable turning slightly on a rough road condition, gravel parking lot for example really makes it more pronounced, and yes the noise will come back, have had the best luck replacing the shaft as i believe gm has a revised design on new part.

Brian B
07-23-2012, 11:05 AM
Check engine alignment/engine mounts

Jerseydave
07-23-2012, 11:39 AM
CV joints. Check the boots, if either one is ripped chances are the joint is bad.

If the noise is not there when going straight but it is there when turning it's most likely a bad CV joint. A shop can run it in gear on a lift (slow speed) and steer back and forth to duplicate the noise. A reman shaft should be available, cheaper than a new one from the dealer. (try MOOG or TRW brands)

MIMC
07-23-2012, 12:25 PM
Almost certain it's the i-shaft, especially if you can feel the clunks in the steering wheel when going over bumps. You can grease the i-shaft (grease kits available at the dealer) but will last about 10k miles then return. Or, you can disconnect the i-shaft at the steering gear, stroke it a few times (I know I'm gonna hear some comments for this) and you will have the same result...will also last for approximately 10k miles. Or, you can purchase GM p/n 20821325(new redesigned i-shaft kit) that will eliminate the noise IF that indeed is your issue. PM me and I'll get you some more info.

Thanks -
MIMC