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#1729 of 3014 Loose front end & noise
Oct 10, 2002 (8:24 pm)
Continuing saga: I took my 2000 Alero to a GM dealer for a second opinion on the steering noise. The front end mechanic checked it out and said that both inner tie rod ends are loose and the gear is leaking oil. Further the gear assy. should have been replaced. This was not a Oldsmobile dealership.
I called my Oldsmobile dealer and am going back tomorrow, but probably not going to get any satisfaction. The service manager says that they are all like that.
When my old 87 LeBaron sounded like this does, I replaced the steering rack (gear) with a rebuilt unit from Pep Boys and the noise was completely gone after that.
GM installs worn out components at assembly???
Sadly, and apparently they do.
I raised up the car and inspected underneath, and I could feel slack in the right hand side inner tie rod end. Not good with only 24,000 miles on the vehicle.
I looked at 2000 and up Toyotas and the steering doesn't knock and clunk, but the price of one is about the price of two Aleros, so shake rattle and roll it is.
Oct 11, 2002 (5:56 am)
Coonhound: If your Olds dealer says it's normal, but another GM dealer accepts and recognizes the problem, let that other dealer do the work for you. I bounced around between 3 GM dealers trying to fix suspension / steering problems with my Alero. Getting conflicting reports from different dealers is frustrating! I had to go out of my way to another dealer in Houston several times, and rent a car - but at least they were trying to help me. Unlike my selling dealer and another one that Olds customer service suggested.
#1731 of 3014 Re: jlgolden, steering noise
Oct 11, 2002 (8:31 am)
Back to my dealer this morning. They admitted that the gear is leaking oil but did not find loose inner tie rod ends. To me the right hand rod end was obviously loose.
Anyway they are ordering a new gear. I always called it a steering rack, but I guess it's a gear. They always come with new inner tie rod ends.
#1732 of 3014 Rebrab re: rotors
Oct 11, 2002 (5:28 pm)
45K is not too premature to replace brake pads. The avereage life should be around 50k depending on driving style and type of driving (city/highway). I have put over 120k on a set of pads but I drive mostly highway. Whereas I replace my friends pads every 6 months or so(about 20k). He drives fast, brakes hard, and drives mostly in the city. So the dealer is corect in charging you for the pads.
Having said that, they should not be just machining the rotors but replacing them instead. Turning them will just make them thinner and easier to warp the next time. You will be back in 20k complaining of the same problem instead of 45k! Insist that they pick up the tab for the new rotors, after all, it is still under warranty right?
Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
#1733 of 3014 Water in passenger foot well
Oct 13, 2002 (12:31 am)
I know some people have wrestled with this one in the past. Well, it has happened to my '99 just recently.
What was the fix and what are the associated TSBs. My warranty is up the end of this year so I have to move on it.
Oct 13, 2002 (6:26 am)
I and another poster linked some articles re: the water seepage problem a while back. I'll do a search and see if I can find them, and then link them again below.
#1738 of 3014 thanks rdeschene
Oct 13, 2002 (1:07 pm)
Will take some of the info to a local Chevy dealer since Olds dealer is too far away. (Son has car in a college town)