Re: Steering/front suspension noises/clunks thread.
Wow, the plethora of front end complaints is overwhelming - GM should be cringing. I really like the new Malibu, but I'm afraid to look in that forum for stickies and quality problems - and I am a LONG time GM man. I have over 300,000 miles on my 2001 Suburban and had 74,000 miles on my 69 Pace Car until I sold it last year. I have owned dozens of GM cars and never saw problems like this.
I feel for you all trying to work your way through these problems.
My 09 has 217,000 highway miles(by me) and has no clunk. But, it does have a creaking noise while turning the wheel to the left only, and if I happen to be slowly going over smallish bumps at the same time, the creaking becomes doubled, like it is rocking back-n-forth. It makes the creaking noise even when I am in Park and only turning the steering wheel to the left while stationary. It doesn't matter where the wheels are pointing, if I turn to the left the creaking noise occurs for as long as I am cranking - nothing at all if I turn to the right from any position. It has been doing this for 150,000 miles or so. I put Monroe Quick Struts on it several months ago, convinced that was the source. No improvement at all.
I'm intrigued by some posts back on pages 34/35 of this thread regarding the lower control arm/ball joint assembly. But, if it creaks even in Park, doesn't that rule out the lower control arm? ISS? Steering motor? Steering gears?
Last edited by santa6; 10-23-2016 at 08:20 PM.