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Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Steering, Suspension, Hatchback
#239 of 306 Re: my 05 Re: Temporary Failure (I hope)--07 Maxx [drej]
Feb 19, 2010 (10:11 am)
There was a service bulletin issued on the '05 steering. I saw it posted somewhere in this forum. It extended the factory warrenty to 7 years from the date of production for this problem. It is supposed to cover 100% of the repair if that turns out to be the problem. You might want to look into it.
#240 of 306 Re: Clunking and Secuirty issues [ryrordstar]
Feb 19, 2010 (10:16 am)
You can register at www.gm.com and view the owner's manual online.
#241 of 306 Repairs at 61000
Jul 08, 2010 (8:03 pm)
2 weeks ago the passenger sided wheel bearing and the drivers side control arm ball joint were replaced. The alignment was adjusted. Now this week the passenger side cv axle was replaced. Signs that the book has been leaking out grease for over a year. I am sure hoping this is all the repairs for my Maxx for a while.
2006 Malibu Maxx LTZ
#242 of 306 Steering clunk when turning
Aug 10, 2010 (2:35 pm)
After parts replaced noise went away - don't know for how long.
Parts: Shaft, Steering Intermediate 25962603 & Shaft Kit 06526 - PC
GM did a goodwill repair (no cost) at 70,000 + miles
2004 Maxx LS
#243 of 306 Re: Steering clunk when turning [maxxliberty]
Aug 11, 2010 (4:31 am)
great on the goodwill repair by GM...did you have previous problems documented on the steering prior to this....guess I have been fortunate with my 04 Maxx LT, about to roll 167K and no major repairs yet....have replaced right rear brake caliper and right front inner and lower tire rods......but no other problems......
#244 of 306 Re: Steering clunk when turning [pao]
Aug 11, 2010 (12:58 pm)
"...did you have previous problems documented on the steering prior to this...."
Strange - you mentioned replacing right rear caliper - I had to replace it also. Another manufacturing/engineering defect? The piston in the caliper wouldn't totally release causing the rotor to score.
#245 of 306 Re: Steering clunk when turning [maxxliberty]
Aug 16, 2010 (7:13 am)
my replacement was due to it leaking...would consider it a defect based on the age and mileage on the car....6 plus years and 160K.....
the fact you had the steering issue documented probably muliple times....convinced GM to replace the column.....that is certainly a weak link in the early MY malibus......
Oct 07, 2010 (12:37 pm)
There are two clunk points of interest.
The first clunk point: A repair any one can do:
I was advised regarding the clunk noise and a home band-aid regarding greesing. Look for the steering shaft. From the engine bay the steeing shaft is hard to see. Get a light in there and you will see a universal joint. A shaft coming from the steering wheel conected by a universal joint to a shaft that goes into the steering box. The shaft/joint will probably be very rusty in colour, meaning they are dry and need to be oiled and greesed. It took me a few minutes to get a can of penatrating oil in the availble space and square up the spray nozel. Once aimed properly spray the heck out of this joint with a penatrating oil. Move can away, start car and rotate the shaft by turning the steeing wheel to spray the back of the universal joint. Once done, squeeze your hand in there if you can and pack any kind of greese around this joint. If you can hoist the car up, you will have a better view and accesabilty of the shaft/joint. it did not get rid of my clunk, since the joint has been greesed, it is not so agreesive. The shaft and join get rusty along with a poor design.
The second clunk issue: is in the steeing shaft. Disconnecting the steeing shaft from the universal joint. Technicians have been greesing the heck out of the steering shaft.
I am not that confident. So i opted for greesing the universal joint. I noticed a little little clunk on my 2008 HHR. And It has the exact same set up. Exept not as rusty. did the same thing. Happy motoring!
#247 of 306 Re: Clunk tip [rdesantis]
Oct 07, 2010 (2:51 pm)
Took my 2004 Maxx to dealers several times about "clunk". Until the last time the dealers apparently just lubed the joint, joint was super rusty. This last time a new shaft was installed - it is possibly a new design, no bare metal - it looks painted or powder coated black.
Had it done about 5 months ago and so far steering is excellent, i.e., normal.
Since I had a record of problems with steering there wasn't a charge for the new shaft.
#248 of 306 Re: Clunk tip [maxxliberty]
Oct 08, 2010 (6:08 am)
It's been over 2 years since the factory "22687711 kit" was installed on my wife's '06 Maxx under warranty and so far it's been fine since.