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Since we keep getting multiple threads on this topic, thought it would be best to make a sticky so we can get all information in one place. So any of the "common" steering/front suspension issues you may have should be discussed in here.

These issues can be front end clunks, rattles, odd noises, weird steering sensations etc.

For reference, here is the old thread on the topic.
http://www.chevymalibuforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1748
 

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My story on this is the following. Never had any front end issues, but I did have some steering issues just like my old G6 GTP did. I wasn't getting any bad rattles and noises, but the steering felt "odd" when steering at low speeds. They ended up replacing the intermediate shaft, which in my case did nothing. Then they replaced the whole steering rack which stopped the issues.
 

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2008 Malibu 2LT V6 front end clunking:

1. My rack was replaced,
2. Right strut was replaced then old one put back
3. Strut bumpers were glued
4. Right strut boot was modified/shortened

I thought the clunking/knocking was all gone...... but it is still there on washboard roads. Dealer has been great trying to resolve the issue so I'm almost embarrassed to go back another time. Anyone have a contact at GM where I can send a "letter of concern"?
 

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I just had my car in for service, one of my issues was vibration in steering wheel when I back up at low speed.

I also complained, about roof rattle, hard shifting, smelly fumes out of AC, chips on my bumper, and brakes grinding at high speed. I took info from this site and alldata.com and gave them TSB's on every complaint. The service writer say that was a big help.

Fixes :

Vibration and hard shifting is gone, they did a reprogramming on transmition better responce from pedal and smooth shifting.

Roof Rattle -- Gone - took down headliner,added foam between sun roof and overhead console.

Chips on bumper -- They touched it up, and gave me a touch up pen (no charge).

Smelly fumes from ac to outside air -- they change cabin filter with HEPA filter. ( havent tested this yet).

Brakes-- resurfaced front rotors and replaced pads with Dura-last pads. So far so good. -- They told me to keep an eye on this if it still happens bring it back.

They also did a ECM -reprogramming and changed my oil they did not use bulk oil as I requested.

And they owe me a car wash -- So far so good.




Since we keep getting multiple threads on this topic, thought it would be best to make a sticky so we can get all information in one place. So any of the "common" steering/front suspension issues you may have should be discussed in here.

These issues can be front end clunks, rattles, odd noises, weird steering sensations etc.

For reference, here is the old thread on the topic.
http://www.chevymalibuforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1748
 

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I have also the clunk noise in front when going at low speed on small bump/joint and it's worse on non paved road. They replaced both front struts and the clunk disappeared for only 30 miles then the noise was back as before. For now, I just increase the volume of the radio to stop earing the clunk/noise as I felt nothing on the steering. My dealer told me it's not dangerous and it's like I'm the only Bu owner complaining about it.
 

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Humm, I thought our cars did not have a cabin filter?
I thought so too -- I think they BS'ed me on that one. But im not going to complain yet -- so far car is running fine. But I will bring that up to service manager the next time I go.
 

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I thought so too -- I think they BS'ed me on that one. But im not going to complain yet -- so far car is running fine. But I will bring that up to service manager the next time I go.
Yeah, we don't have a cabin filter according to all the websites I have checked....
 

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Took my 2008 LTZ into the shop for a clunk in the right front. They kept the car overnight and called me the next day with the news, turns out that they are going to be replacing the entire rack and pinion in hopes to remedy the issue. Also said they had a service bulletin on this as well and so they greased something in the right wheel area (he told me but I forget right this minute). Service Manager said it could take up to 3 weeks or more to get the rack in but it would be safe to drive. On the way home, the whole front end seemed to be much tighter and there were no clunks. I have been driving it for the past week now and everything seems better. I will post again after they replace the rack and let you know how it goes.
 

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This morning, after the struts last december, my dealer replaced the intermediate shaft. No change at all, the clunk still there. They finally kept my Bu for extensive test as they said it's not normal.
 

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My Bu is still at the dealership (since tuesday). They change again the intermediate shaft suspecting that the new one was also defective but it was not the case. They finally ordered the entire steering rack and a new electric motor as sometime my steering wheel was shaking when stop at light. I hope it will fix both shaking and clunk. I'm presently driving a 2010 Impala courtesy of my dealer but I still prefer my Bu !
 

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My Bu is still at the dealership (since tuesday). They change again the intermediate shaft suspecting that the new one was also defective but it was not the case. They finally ordered the entire steering rack and a new electric motor as sometime my steering wheel was shaking when stop at light. I hope it will fix both shaking and clunk. I'm presently driving a 2010 Impala courtesy of my dealer but I still prefer my Bu !
I had a Impala the last time my car was in too. I do not like that car at all. The suspension tuning is for an old lady. ;)
 

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I got my car today after 3 days at the dealer and the clunk is finally GONE ! Here the list of pieces my dealer changed : 25962603 (Shaft kit = Intermediate shaft) and 25933396 (Steering column).
 

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Feels like a whole new car, too, huh? Glad it's a happy car again. Here's hoping it stays that way.
 

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have an issue with my steering wheel shaking back and forth while sitting idle and while driving down the hwy.

video on youtube to show example here:

anyone else with this type of issue that can say what is wrong. out of warranty on our 08 sitting at 41k. thanks...
 

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Yes, my steering was doing the same before they changed the electric motor. For the clunk problem that was fixed 2 month ago, still OK.
 

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Update on my malibu...The steering rack and pinion was replaced after waiting for five weeks. It was probably well worth it since the power steering issue is gone. The service manager says it is a known issue for the Malibu's but to date no Service Bulletin has been released. The cluck in the front was taken care of about a week prior to the rack being diagnosed as a problem (Service Bulletin is out for it) and since has been working great. Just so happened the mine and another malibu were in the shop together having the same problems, they had alread tried the power steering pump with no luck and turned to the big office at GM to make the call to replace the rack and pinion. Hope everyone has better luck with their cars but if you end up with the same problems, get it to the shop. Thanks all!
 

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FYI: I had been at the dealer today and I spoke to one of the techs who usually works on my car and who had been the one who replaced the steering rack. He told me like 5-6 Malibus come in a WEEK with this same basic issue. Plus some are on there third or forth ones! He told me many techs replace the intermediate shaft or power steering pump when it is usually the steering rack. He told me the issues with the cars that needed to be replaced ranged from a "dead" feeling at 12 o'clock on the steering wheel, vibrations while merging on the highway, odd vibrations at varying speeds, clunks and rattles, steering moaning, to all sorts of other stuff. I had this issue, and since they have replaced the parts, knock on wood, my steering has been pretty good.
 

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I've noticed a clicking noise coming from what seems to be the suspension while turning. If I make a turn at anything higher than 30 mph, i get a repetitive and quite distinct click. It almost sounds like two pieces of plastic being tapped together. Any one else have this issue?
 
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