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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-03-2016, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Noise?

2007 cobalt ls, there is no assist when not moving, IF I try to turn the wheel I get BAD clunking noises and nothing happens. I jacked it up and noticed with both wheels off the ground, there is no play in the tierods, but seems to have a small amount of slop inside the rack, and I get a little rattle from that when driving.
Inner tie rods? or something in the rack???

and is there a recall on the racks? I thought I read something about it.

less concerned about the small amount of play than the fact I cant turn w/o moving and the Clunking!

oh, and NO play in the intermediate shaft YET.

Thanks!

Tony
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-04-2016, 12:46 AM
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...no assist when not moving...Tony
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Can you explain a little more? As in your power steering motor is not working?

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...turn the wheel I get BAD clunking noise and nothing happens ...
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Clunking noise is something. Where is the clunking coming from? Inside the cabin, outside on one side?
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-04-2016, 12:12 PM
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I dont think there is a recall but someone could correct me

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ok, no power assist unless i'm moving, then it steers ok, IF I try to steer while not moving, nothing happens, and I get clunking from under the car, sounds like from the rack. like it's binding up? dunno...
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Hi

I have had this problem before ,
the steering shaft end that s connected to to the steering rack on the left side of the car ,
there s a universal joint that s probably the problem

test it out by turning the wheel left and and the steering wheel, it should come back to the center if you have to help it
there s the problem ,then do the same with the right side the steering wheel should come back on its own after turning
if you have to help it there s a problem .

check on the internet cobalt steering shafts problem

or check it out with a garage .

hope it helps !
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-04-2016, 08:21 PM
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Sorry if i seem a bit dence here, but im not following you.
So lets try this.
You can turn the wheels with the engine not running.... i must assume you can.
Now it will be a bit more difficult than when your driving.
If you can get sone one to help, have them turn the steering wheel for you while you listen.

Now how did you check the intermediate steering shaft?
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Ok, engine running or NOT, I can NOT turn wheels without the car moving, just won't turn.
No play in the Intermediate Shaft joint by the rack, the only play is IN the rack itself.

seems to be binding IN the rack???
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-06-2016, 09:13 AM
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I had to replace the rack this summer...fairly easy to do .... approx 2.5 hrs from start to finish... jack front end,remove left front tire ,unbolt tie rods on both sides, remove intermediate steering shaft from rack and left side link then remove two bolts on top of rack and pull rack out from left wheel well....(had to loosen rear auto tranny mount to make room ).

Good time to replace both tie rods and links if never done . Take it in for an alignment when done !
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