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#2296 of 2335 whining in steering
Sep 17, 2010 (6:10 pm)
had the same issue but the dealership was able to reroute the line to the steering. Worked great no more noise in steering. Problem I now am experiencing with noise is rear squeaking in suspension going over bumps or making turns. Dealership is saying its normal body noise on this model. Which really has me angry considering what this car cost it should not have these phantom noises. Anyone else experiencing same thing?
#2297 of 2335 Re: CX VS CXS [cooterbfd]
Oct 01, 2010 (3:58 am)
Or something loose in glovebox, side pocket, etc.
#2298 of 2335 Re: whining in steering [alice23]
Oct 03, 2010 (6:22 am)
I lost track of this thread and just got that your dealer "fixed" the issue? Who is your dealer?
There are 2 issues with the steering; the one you described and the one where that fix doesn't work. Both issues are descrbed in GM's technical write-up.
Please post the dearlers name so I can check myself.
#2299 of 2335 Re: whining in steering [tom2246]
Oct 04, 2010 (3:33 am)
Somewhere I previously posted about the possibility of a small amount of air trapped in the system. If they had to disconnect the hose to re-route and did the proper procedure afterwards, it might have been air all along. And for those not finding this a cure, maybe they are not doing the cycling of the system.
That is to raise front end and slowly turn steering from limit to limit several times, engine running.
#2300 of 2335 Re: whining in steering [tom2246]
Oct 04, 2010 (7:23 pm)
Hi Alice, I posted this a few weeks ago for another owner who was having the same steering whine/squawk:
"I have an answer for you. I was able to duplicate it with my dealer. Apparently GM/Buick is aware of the problem but does not have a solution just yet. Ask your dealer to look up #PI0172 (thats a zero). When I took my LaCrosse in they added more power steering fluid (above the full line). It helped reduce the instances of the noise. The way I was able to duplicate it was making a sharp left turn then with a sudden stop, putting the car in revers and turning the steering wheel to the right. I know its a little confusing but it worked for me. Additionally, there is a Document ID with the notice: 2498553. They should be able to look that up. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!"
My dealer is Thorson Buick -GMC in Pasadena CA. I also contacted Buick Customer service. They too are aware of the problem and gave me the same line that the "Buick engineers are diligently working on the problem." Good Luck!
#2301 of 2335 Expensive repairs on 2006 LaCrosse
Oct 17, 2010 (12:20 pm)
Until yesterday,I've been a happy LaCrosse owner looking forward to only one more year of car payments and another 5 years of driving without a monthly payment (I usually keep my cars for about 10 years). I've had one annoying, recurring steering wheel problem (the intermediate steering wheel shaft) that sounds similar to the discussion messages about a whining sound with the steering. When I had this issue addressed for the 4th time, the dealer found several other expensive repairs (no longer under warrante). They are: worn front hub bearings ($1100), all tires wearing unevenly that need to be replaced (probably due to the worn hub bearings), and missing wheel center caps (made from plastic vs. metal, and probably came off). The rear brake pads also need to be replaced; however, that is probably normal wear for 41,000 miles. These other issues seem outrageous for a 4 yr. old Buick with 41,000 miles and $5000 remaining in payments. GM only paid for half of the steering wheel shaft replacement when this has been a recurring problem since the car was new. I would like to know if others have had these problems. I will contact GM and want to be armed with further information. Thanks very much. Skooter2
#2302 of 2335 Re: Expensive repairs on 2006 LaCrosse [skooter2]
Oct 17, 2010 (12:30 pm)
The intermediate steering shaft has nothing to do with a whining sound, so forget that.
The center caps are strictly cosmetic. If they have come off, it's because someone didn't put them back on correctly.
Uneven tire wear may be caused by front wheel bearings, but it is unlikely, and that would only affect the front tires anyway. Front tire wear would be caused by worn suspension parts, like ball joints, control arm bushings, that sort of thing. The only way that all 4 tires would be worn would be due to poor alignment and lack of tire rotation. If they are the original tires, they would likely have been worn out at 40,000 miles regardless.
That leaves us with the front wheel bearing issue. They have been known to be a problem on this car and other similar GM chassis, so the question is, what symptoms are you experiencing? If they are worn, do not get the dealer to replace them. Have the work done at an independent garage you trust. The cost will be much less.
#2303 of 2335 Re: Expensive repairs on 2006 LaCrosse [ab348]
Oct 18, 2010 (9:32 am)
Thank you very much for your thoughts. If the wheel bearings have a known problem on this car, has GM offered to fix it? I haven't noticed symptoms, however, an independent repair place saw that there was wear and some looseness.
On the tires and center caps, the tires have been aligned and rotated at the dealer. If they were not done properly, then the dealer did that.
Does that provide further useful information?
#2304 of 2335 Re: Expensive repairs on 2006 LaCrosse [skooter2]
Oct 18, 2010 (2:13 pm)
I would look to an independant shop that you can trust for a second opinion on the repairs. Even if they are required, aftermarket parts may be less expensive than GM parts, making the job less expensive.
#2305 of 2335 Re: Expensive repairs on 2006 LaCrosse [cooterbfd]
Oct 19, 2010 (3:19 am)
Use an abundance of caution when buying aftermarket parts. Bearings were a big problem just a few years ago, which I learned when purchasing idler pulleys. Many stores had only 30 days warranty. Looking at the seal on the bearing told me why. Its design would allow debris in and destroy the bearing in short time. NAPA faired better but the pulley itself was different, stamped steel vs. the OE being cast plastic. A big job, pulling motor mounts and other parts to get at replacing. With the OE design, you could change the serpentine belt by slipping over end of pulley. Not so with the aftermarket. You'd have to go through the pulley replacement procedure to change the belt.
I replaced wheel bearing on 96 Aurora. I ordered it and saved some bucks. Not sure if these would be same design, but it was a big roller bearing pressed into the hub with speed sensor attached. To press new bearing in would likely have destroyed the sensor. Changing is not a hard job.