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#65 of 136 Re: Faint pop when turning - steering gear replacement doesnt appear to fix
Dec 20, 2006 (3:09 am)
I own a 2005 impala. I bought the vehicle used with 32,000 miles on it and when I test drove it, it ran and drove like a dream. Me and my wife were excited about the car, and after several 1000 miles I began to notice the slight click, crunk, crunch, however you may want to describe it, you know its there.
The car now has 42,000 miles on it and the steering issue has been driving me insane for months. I took it to chevy, and being a little out of warranty, they informed me they charge 100$ per hour to repair it. I put it off.
Finally, today I found this forum and saw the PB Blaster recommendation. I left work and went to auto zone, and by chance got the last can of PB Blaster.
I took off the panel under the steering columng (very easy, 2 thumb tabs pressed inward and it pops right off). If you do this the boot around the steering axis isnt very hard to push down, in my 2005 model anyways. Once I pushed it down nicely and adjusted the steering wheel a bit, you can see the hole in the shaft, and the joint.
I emptied about a quarter can into that bad boy, all over the joint, and down the shaft. Started the car up, and the problem is GONE.
The pb blaster WORKS. THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH. This has been driving me crazy for months, I cant believe it worked.
It doesnt not crunch or click when breaking, or steering at low speeds anymore, hell it feels like a sports car now!
Thanks guys !
To anyone else with this problem, BUY A CAN OF PB BLASTER AND LUBE IT UP , IT WORKS !
#66 of 136 Help with GM part numbers...!!
Dec 20, 2006 (4:07 am)
Anyone out there have a gm parts list, or manual, or something ??!!
I need help getting the actual GM part numbers for the front
and rear struts on a 2006/2007 Impala SS . I've contacted some of the suggested GM direct-parts guys on the internet and they seem too busy...nothing yet. Can anyone help..??
#67 of 136 Re: further to my previous (# 66) question....
Dec 20, 2006 (6:54 am)
I am now being told by my local GM dealership that the
front struts in a 2006 /2007 LT and SS have the same part
number and therefore are exactly the same...How can this be when the SS has the firmer sport suspension(F3) and the rear struts are different. Are there any GM parts pros out there that can help...I've got a real dilema here...!!
#68 of 136 Re: Faint pop when turning - steering gear replacement doesnt appear to fix
Dec 20, 2006 (3:31 pm)
I'm LMAO at the moment after reading your post! If I hadn't had the same experience, I'd swear you were some marketer posting a bogus message here to try to sell a product. But it's so true, it is SUCH an annoyance, and then you spray this stuff on it and the problem is GONE almost instantly. This may be the one case where something sounds too good to be true, but isn't.
To be perfectly honest with you, had I read the post a few back from the person that went to their dealer and bought a greasing kit and took the ISS apart and such, I'd probably go that route over the PBBLASTER. Even though the PBBLASTER fix is incredibly easy, I worry about what effect it might have on the car down the road. I can't imagine it causing a problem, but if mine comes back I'll probably at least investigate the GM grease kit option. But so far mine has held up for two months without returning, and I didn't put anywhere near a quarter can in mine!
#69 of 136 Re: further to my previous (# 66) question.... [mymitties]
Dec 20, 2006 (5:02 pm)
Sorry I can't help you with the part numbers but I thought I'd ask if you're having problems with your suspension. My front suspension is driving me a bit crazy because it's so loose now. I've taken it to two different dealers and they both say it's fine but I know better. I haven't been able to find another SS on the lot to compare it to but I'm going to try again next week.
Good luck and please keep us posted!
#70 of 136 Re: Faint pop when turning - update
Dec 28, 2006 (4:43 am)
On my third trip in to the dealer (than heavens for warranty), they finally got it. I am not sure if what they told me is the problem is the same thing everyone has been saying just with different words, but I have not heard a pop in a while and I am loving it. They said the noise came from the cradle bolts. They lowered the engine cradle and lubricated mounts. The service rep said that the bolts were not loose but were flexing? That sounds like the same thing to me! Happy Holidays to all!
#71 of 136 Re: Faint pop when turning - update [fox76]
Dec 28, 2006 (7:35 pm)
When the 2000 Impala first came out, lots of folks complained about a "ticking" sound coming from the aluminum engine cradle when turning (mostly noticed at low speeds, and probably with the windows down, like you'd encounter in a parking deck). I think lots of folks worried about this cradle and how well it would hold up, so they were overly anxious about it. Anyway, mine did it back then (and probably still does), but 100K miles and almost 7 years later I've had no cradle-related problems. Good to know there's something that can be done to eliminate it (it can be annoying), but by the same token know that the cradle isn't about to fall (at least not in the near future).
#72 of 136 Faint pop when turning / acceleration issue
Jan 22, 2007 (11:53 am)
Took in my 2004 LS (13k miles) with mild noise and popping sensation from steering column when I would turn, especially when accelerating. The problem was fixed using bulletin 01-02-32-001G "Lube intermediate shaft" and replace "279 WA40" with part # 26098237.
I also noticed, especially after a cold start, that the car would not accelerate as it once did. It seems like it would stall for just a second before jetting off. The dealer found a PCM update to improved performance. They used "J6355 powertrain control module with sps".
These solutions completely fixed both problems!
#73 of 136 Re: Faint pop when turning / acceleration issue [hoster]
Jan 22, 2007 (6:46 pm)
Anyone have any idea what "279 WA40" is? I've known part of the intermediate steering shaft fix involves lubrication, but I haven't heard about replacing anything.
#74 of 136 Re: Faint pop when turning / acceleration issue [nosirrahg]
Jan 22, 2007 (8:06 pm)
Maybe it's a cap on the grease fitting? Didn't the shaft have a cover that was hard to get off?