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#9780 of 12345 Intermediate Shaft Fix
Jul 21, 2003 (6:56 pm)
2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue V6-214 3.5L VIN H SFI - Steering - Clunk Noise While Turning
Clunk Noise From Front Of Vehicle During Turning Maneuver/Steering Wheel
Rotation (Lubricate Intermediate Shaft)
1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
Some customers may comment on a clunk type noise coming from the front of the
vehicle during a turning maneuver. This condition may also be felt through the
steering wheel when the vehicle is stationary and the wheel is rotated from
steering stop to steering stop. Typically, the clunk noise will be heard once
for every 180°of steering wheel rotation in either direction for J-cars
(Cavalier and Sunfire). However, some vehicles may only exhibit the noise once
for every 360°of wheel rotation. On all other vehicles, this clunk noise will be
noticed during low speed acceleration or deceleration, typically in light turns
of the steering wheel.
This condition is commonly misdiagnosed as originating in the steering gear and
has resulted in the replacement of numerous steering gears without correcting
This condition may be caused by inadequate lubrication of the steering
intermediate shaft which results in a "slip stick" condition possibly resulting
in the clunk noise.
Remove the intermediate steering shaft from the vehicle and lubricate the shaft
with a Steering Column Shaft Lubrication Kit, P/N 26098237. Follow the service
procedure listed below.
1.Remove the steering intermediate shaft from the vehicle. Refer to
Intermediate Steering Shaft Replacement in the appropriate Service Manual.
2.Fully extend the intermediate shaft by pulling the two shafts apart.
3.Apply the grease supplied in the Steering Column Shaft Lubrication Kit
in the aluminum end of the yoke opening. Direct the syringe tip as deep as
possible into the yoke and dispense the full content of the syringe.
4.Install the rubber stop plug from the Steering Column Shaft Lubrication
kit into the yoke opening.
5.Secure the rubber plug by swinging the upper yoke 90°. One ear of the
yoke should press the rubber plug in.
Important: Make sure the intermediate shaft is being pressed over the ears of
the solid shaft.
6.Use a hard surface to ease the collapse of the intermediate shaft. It is
best to use a pumping action when collapsing the shaft. Collapse the shaft
as far as possible.
7.Remove the rubber stopper plug from the yoke end of the shaft.
8.Slowly extend the intermediate shaft apart.
9.Inspect the intermediate shaft for a minimum of 5 mm (0.2 in) (a) of
grease on the shaft splines.
10.Repeat steps 4-9 if less than 5 mm (0.2 in) of grease is on the shaft
Important: Before installing the intermediate shaft in the vehicle, make sure to
stroke and extend the intermediate shaft at least 15 TIMES to completely
lubricate the internal surface of the slip joint.
11.Reinstall the intermediate shaft into the vehicle. Refer to
Intermediate Steering Shaft Replacement in the appropriate Service Manual.
Parts are currently available from GMSPO.
#9781 of 12345 dindak, 00, Alero & intrigue.
Jul 21, 2003 (8:59 pm)
The Intrigue is definitely the shining star with only the ISS and rack under warranty. The Alero has had numerous problems under warranty.
1. Loose tie rod ends, rack replaced
2. fouled injector, replaced.
3. Blower motor resistor, low speed quit.
4. Blower motor resistor again, out of warranty, but covered anyway. Excellent dealer service.
5. Iss shaft lubrication
6. Noisy squeaky front end during right hand turns. Lubricated sway bar bushings with no help.
Today I, (in desperation) sprayed silicone lubricant into the right strut tower rubber support. Wala, the thing is running quite. There are some gaps around the circumference of the rubber support and this is where I sprayed the silicone lubricant. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Conservative Semi City driving 25-26 mpg on Alero 22-23 mpg on the Intrigue. Hyw. 30-31 on the alero 31-34 on the Intrigue GX with 3.08 gears.
I always dread the day the water pump goes out on the Alero at about $700.00 to $800.00 dealer replacement cost. For that reason alone I covet the new 2.2 Ecotec engine. But one would think with ten years or so experience the Quad 4 would be perfected. However, the Mfgs. look more to cost reduction than product improvement. So who knows?
#9782 of 12345 Quiet/DLR
Jul 24, 2003 (11:20 am)
Boy, I've never seen this forum so quiet! With the cooler weather we've been having (70-80F) I have really noticed that my 3.5 Intrigue feels alot perkier than when the temperature is much warmer. I hadn't realized the significant difference cooler temps make in the response of the engine. I had to replace one of my daylight running lights. When I tried to use the turnsignal, I got a really rapid flashing of the turnsignal arrow. Luckily the rear signal was still working (but flashing very quickly), but the right front had burned out (not flashing/dead). I was able to buy a 2 pack of replacement bulbs for about $5, and it took less than 5 minutes to replace. Olds really engineered the headlight assemblies for easy bulb replacement. Pull two white securing tabs, move assembly out, pull black stopper plug, twist bulb socket, replace bulb. Reverse assembly to reinstall. It was so easy. I would hate to think what the dealer would have charged to do this...
Jul 24, 2003 (12:15 pm)
You are so right about the engineering of the lamp ass. removal. Very slick.
Now if they only knew how to make an alternator to keep the head lamps lit.
Thats the problem i have with gm, on some things they blow you right out of the water with the simplicity and ease, like the headlamp assembly. Then go and screw up the lighting of a headlights with a sub par alt. and to throw salt into the wound they stick the alt. in a place that takes 4+ hours to get at and requires removing or moving half the bloody stuff under the hood. Shame on GM(general morons)
Really: alts and headlights have been around forever.
#9784 of 12345 Turn Signal / DLR
Jul 24, 2003 (5:23 pm)
sda - I replaced the same DLR bulb a couple of months ago and had exactly the same comments about the design of the light assembly! However I was not able to find a replacement bulb at 3 local stores I went to and ended up paying about $11.00 at the dealer (as I recall). Where did you buy 2 for $5.00 ???
#9785 of 12345 In the interest of keeping the forum alive...
Jul 25, 2003 (5:24 am)
Don't you know it's vacation-time-o-the-year? That may explain the dearth of postings. : )
I just thought I would let everyone know that I drove to my family vacation this past weekend, from DC to central OH. I averaged at least 30 mpg in highway driving at about 70 mph average. That's amazing to me. I have a 99 GL with the 3.5, and I've heard that the gear ratio for my year doesn't lend itself to these types of numbers. Man, the EPA is conservative about its assigned numbers!
Jul 25, 2003 (7:56 am)
My 01 GLS has the PCS package so it has the 3.29 ratio and it would probably get 30 mpg on the highway if I set the cruise and left it. My problem is when I pass someone, I love to dip into that seemingly endless well of power. And there goes my fuel economy. But hey, gas is cheap(compared to many other parts of the world) and you only live once. I still typically average around 26 mpg on the road so thats no too bad.
#9787 of 12345 some observations
Jul 25, 2003 (8:04 am)
A couple of days ago, I did the GM 24 hour test drive on a Cadillac CTS. Needless to say, the Intrigue certainly felt a bit different after driving the CTS for 24 hours. I will say though, the Intrigue's handling is still pretty good even compared to the RWD CTS with it's nearly even 50/50 front to rear weight distribution. Aside from the ride which was much smoother than the Intrigue's, the CTS's most enjoyable attribute was it's 5 speed automatic transmission. Unlike the Intrigue's slushbox, it ALWAYS had the right gear and never did one of those harsh downshifts when you nail the gas. I can only imagine what the Intrigue's 3.5 would have been like had it been mated to a transmission like that. While it(my Intrigue) was discounted big time, it was still hard to swallow the fact that the sticker on the CTS I had(base model w no options) was only 2K more than the sticker on my Intrigue was. The CTS was clearly in a different class of car. And frankly, worth every penny of that extra $2K. I think one of the problems Olds had in selling the Intrigue was it's overinflated stikcer price. If they had priced them at their real value(low to mid 20s) and not had all the rebates and discounts, the car would have probably sold much better.
#9788 of 12345 $5 bulbs
Jul 25, 2003 (11:34 am)
I bought a 2 pack of replacement bulbs for (daylight running lights/front turn signal bulb) around $5 at AutoZone. I believe the number is part number is 4157. The bulb number is listed in the owner's manual.
#9789 of 12345 dearth of posts
Jul 25, 2003 (2:58 pm)
You think this thread is slow you should see the Impala thread. And this is a car that is now selling at the rate of 200,000 a year. How many Intrigues have been sold this year? maybe 10?