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#2 of 73 TSB 06-02-32-007, Knock, Clunk or Rattle from front of vehicle
Jun 27, 2006 (1:07 pm)
The TSB that a lot of us have been waiting for was released June 13, 2006 - "Knock, Clunk Rattle Noise from Front of Vehicle While Driving Over Bumps at Low Speeds (Diagnose and Replace Steering Gear, if Necessary)"
2004 - 2006 Malibu/Maxx
2005 - 2006 G6
Noise may be generated during contact between the rack gear and pinion gear. The EPS motor holds the pinion gear from rotating and the suspension input drives the rack gear into the pinion gear.
New Part Number: 15858368 Steering Gear Assembly
Off course the part is on Nationwide back order...
#3 of 73 Re: TSB 06-02-32-007, Knock, Clunk or Rattle from front of vehicle [minn_ma
Jun 27, 2006 (2:40 pm)
well at least it's official. Now I can advise my dealer about it, and get in line for the replacement part.
Fortunately I have Major Guard, which supposedly covers that part.
#4 of 73 Re: TSB 06-02-32-007, Knock, Clunk or Rattle from front of vehicle [minn_ma [kurtamaxxxguy]
Jun 27, 2006 (3:38 pm)
hey, stop cutting in line....I'm next!
#5 of 73 Re: TSB 06-02-32-007, Knock, Clunk or Rattle from front of vehicle [minn_maxx]
Jun 28, 2006 (6:11 am)
well the interesting piece will be how will they deal with those of us out of warranty....for teh suspension rattle.....probably will have to live with it...as Im certainly not going to invest big $ into it at this point..I will wait to see if this honestly fixes the problem first before I inquiry.....71K and going strong
#6 of 73 Re: TSB 06-02-32-007, Knock, Clunk or Rattle from front of vehicle [pao]
Jun 28, 2006 (12:28 pm)
well here's some news pao. I went to my local Chevy dealer. The floor manager told me that there was a TSB on four things related to the cluncking noise. He went for a ride in my car, but I told him it would probably be a waste of time since it did not make the noise while going over his parking lot's speed bumps at slow speed. I told him that I certainly did not want him to go tearing apart my front end replacing the sway bars, rack, etc. I guess I won't get anything repaired unless they hear the noise themselves. He told me that he did a replacement recently, but did not know that there was a pending TSB, and ended up replacing the rack with OEM parts, which of course did not solve the problem. I described the rattling problem to perfection; he is very familiar with the problem, but yet would not do anything unless he hears it. Oh well. I've got my GMPP, so I'm not too concerned about getting it done today.
#7 of 73 Re: TSB 06-02-32-007, Knock, Clunk or Rattle from front of vehicle [maxx4me]
Jun 30, 2006 (6:46 am)
well I have lived with a slight clunk this long...so till it falls apart I probably dont have a choice.....Im sure even with the TSB and late year fix, a dealer wouldnt touch mine now under warranty with over 70K on the car.....
still very much love this car....will hold it for another two years....at that point if no major issues...will just keep it and look towards a new replacement....waiting for the HHR to come out with their turbo...or maybe even one of the sabaru legacy sport wagons.....but a long way off from that decision....
#8 of 73 Re: TSB 06-02-32-007, Knock, Clunk or Rattle from front of vehicle [minn_maxx]
Jul 03, 2006 (11:00 am)
If anyone is actually able to get past the dealer's standard "unable to duplicate" answer for this problem and does get the work done, could you please post the results here? I'll be very curious to see if the new steering gear assembly solves this problem. I do think we'll have to fight somewhat to get this fixed under warranty, as the knock/clunk doesn't happen consistently and the service tech. who takes it for a quick test drive may not notice it if he doesn't go over the right kind of road. I notice mine most if I go fairly slowly over a "washboard" type of road, or a road with a series of small, close-together bumps, or a dirt/gravel road with little holes or dips. I can live with it for now, but I only have 3,300 miles on my Maxx and it may loosen up some more. I rented an '04 Malibu last year and the knocking was very noticeable. I actually told the rental company that I thought the tie rod ends or ball joints were going to fall off under normal driving. Anyway, feedback from anyone getting this new fix would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
#9 of 73 Re: TSB 06-02-32-007, Knock, Clunk or Rattle from front of vehicle [tcontas]
Jul 03, 2006 (5:00 pm)
Good post. I agree totally. We all have the problem. While I'm not a mechanic, (I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night) I did described the problem during my last visit, but since it did not happen for the service manager, I was turned away. The manager only stated that there was no hazzard to my life or groceries. How reassuring!!
#10 of 73 Re: TSB 06-02-32-007, Knock, Clunk or Rattle from front of vehicle [tcontas]
Jul 03, 2006 (6:39 pm)
I have a 05 Classic with 35800 miles and recently started having a clunk sound when placing into drive and when AT shifted from 1 to 2 gear. Come to find out it was the left strut that was bad. Dealer repaired under warranty. I got at least three "unable to duplicate" from them before I nailed down the location of the problem.