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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - Steering & Suspension - 10/12/2014
    Removing lower suspension control arm to change out bushings and ball joint
    To loosen tension on torsion bar before removing arm do u just mark bolt and then loosen and then when reinstalling do u just retighten to mark on bolt
     
    • Jimm
      10/12/2014 Jimm
      Yes, that is the correct procedure -mark the bolt index for the reinstallation.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2009 Chevrolet Malibu - Steering & Suspension - 10/11/2014
    Why do I have a creaking or tapping noise when I make slow turns?
    My Chevrolet Malibu has 203,000 miles and about 6 weeks ago started making a creaking or tapping noise when I make slow turns. The radio controls on the dash also started acting up and I can no longer adjust radio volume from the dash...only from the steering wheel ...
     
    • Chevy doctor
      6/1/2014 Chevy doctor
      Could be a really loose tie rod or CV joint going bad in you axle. These vehicles also have lower ball joints that go bad in lower control arms and sometimes intermediate shaft will pop and clunk on turns or over bumps.
    • FixMyCarMan
      10/11/2014 FixMyCarMan
      I have this vehicle and am a mechanic. I only have 118,000 miles on mine and haven't experienced that issue but what you can check is what the previous person said, the CV joint may need lubrication. Also check your power steering level and steering column for proper lubrication. :)
  • David
    David - 2008 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 - Steering & Suspension - 10/8/2014
    Know that I have a TSB what do I do with it.
    My Chevy is showing Stabilitrack and Traction control messages.
     
    • Jimm
      10/8/2014 Jimm
      Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) are recommended steps and procedures for repairing vehicles. A TSB is issued by the manufacturer when there is a growing trend with an unanticipated problems, but does not warrant a recall.
      Most repair shops can look up TSB information to get the recommended repairs from the manufacturer.
  • pointblank
    pointblank - 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Steering & Suspension - 10/7/2014
    Rack pinion leaking pwoer steeering fluid
    The clamp that holds the expanding dust boot that covers gear shaft that moves in and out of the rack is missing. I noticed this when I started losing power steering fluid and had to fill the resevoir every couple of weeks. When I thurn there is pwoer steering ...
     
    • Jimm
      10/7/2014 Jimm
      The dust boot is for......protection from dust and dirt. It does not hold fluid. The reason for the fluid leak is a faulty seal - so the rack and pinion unit should be replaced.

      Check the various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the rack and pinion from around $192.00 for your vehicle.
  • Mike
    Mike - 2013 Chevrolet Impala - Steering & Suspension - 10/3/2014
    I hear a rubbing, scraping then a clunk noise under engine when car is put in gear after having been parked for a while
    Noise occurs only once and after car has been parked for a while, usually overnight. Noise does not occur every time but it is not infrequent. Noise usually happens when first maneuver is a left turn when car is first put in gear. Noise sounds like it is coming ...
     
    • Jimm
      10/1/2014 Jimm
      Since the vehicle is still covered by the new car warranty - take back to the dealership until it is repaired satisfactorily.
      Jimm
      10/3/2014 Mike
      Do you have an opinion or idea what might be wrong?
    • Jimm
      10/3/2014 Jimm
      Not possible to determine accurately via the internet - noise issues require a personal inspection.
  • Mike
    Mike - 2013 Chevrolet Impala - Steering & Suspension - 10/1/2014
    I hear a rubbing, scraping, then a clunk noise when I first put car in gear after car has been parked for a while .
    Noise happens only once, no recurrence while driving car after first episode. Noise does not happen every time but occurrences are not infrequent. Noise usually happens when first maneuver is a left hand turn when car is first started up. Noise sounds like it is ...
     
    • Jimm
      10/1/2014 Jimm
      Since the vehicle is still covered by the new car warranty - take back to the dealership until it is repaired satisfactorily.
  • RonG
    RonG - 1996 Chevrolet C3500 - Steering & Suspension - 9/21/2014
    I'm losing power steering fliud between the master cylinder and power boost
    I've looked at the master cylinder and power boost or I think its referred to as the hydroboost and seems to leak between them,Is this like your water pump that has a weep hole to let you know its going or gone bad.And how do I know which one,the master is alot ...
     
    • Jimm
      9/21/2014 Jimm
      If the brake master cylinder leaking fluid - this would be brake fluid and not power steering fluid. The brake master cylinder leak indicates a worn master cylinder seal or piston.

      Check the various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the brake master cylinder from around $42.00 for your vehicle.

      The brake master cylinder is easily replaced-check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website.
  • muzikluvvr
    muzikluvvr - 2004 Chevrolet Malibu - Steering & Suspension - 9/12/2014
    How long is a MFG recall relevant?
    Just bought a car and I'm seeing all knds of MFG recalls to be fixed, do these expire?
     
    • Jimm
      9/12/2014 Jimm
      Short answer - it depends. Some recalls are safety related and as such, usually have no expiration date. Other recalls are for certain models, certain defects with certain conditions and may have an expiration date.
      For any recall question regarding applicability for your vehicle - best to first check with the local dealerships in your area.
  • BuiltInUSA
    BuiltInUSA - 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier - Steering & Suspension - 9/10/2014
    Replacing CV joint every 10k miles, rattle turning left gets worse over time, all after sub frame rusted out, cause?
    I purchased an 02 Chevy Cavalier in 2009 (38k miles). I suspected minor damage [front end collision] but found nothing significant. 15k miles later, the sub frame had completely rusted out and the left tire assembly came off going 35 mph, snapping the left CV joint ...
     
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  • Cedric
    Cedric - 2000 Chevrolet Malibu - Steering & Suspension - 9/7/2014
    I have brand new quick struts on the front end; however, when I drive at low speeds on slightly rough payment or…
    Slightly rough payments there's a knocking noise on the front right side…
     
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  • Shirley Harrell
    Shirley Harrell - 2006 Chevrolet Impala - Steering & Suspension - 9/6/2014
    Recall for 2006 impala ls
    how do i file a recall on my car. i just brought a 140 new battery and now the car won't start up how can i get help with this recall
     
    • Jimm
      9/6/2014 Jimm
      Check with the local dealerships for any recall issues, or questions regarding recalls
  • Jose
    Jose - 2009 Chevrolet Impala - Steering & Suspension - 9/6/2014
    Can I be compensated for my 09 impala if recent recall caused an accident in the past?
    power steering issues brake issues ignition issues airbags did not deploy
     
    • Jimm
      9/6/2014 Jimm
      Check with the local dealerships for any recall issues, or questions regarding recalls.
  • JR136
    JR136 - 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt - Steering & Suspension - 8/30/2014
    Steering issue after full extension turns (to lock).
    https://vimeo.com/m/104824945 ^(video of issue) 06 Cobalt. Just had it in the shop for this exact problem. We replaced the control arms and the ball joints since we suspected that they might also be binding. Also did steering intermediate shaft because we ...
     
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  • JR136
    JR136 - 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt - Steering & Suspension - 8/30/2014
    Steering issue after full extension turns (to lock).
    https://vimeo.com/m/104824945 ^(video of issue) 06 Cobalt. Just had it in the shop for this exact problem. We replaced the control arms and the ball joints since we suspected that they might also be binding. Also did steering intermediate shaft because we ...
     
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  • Lisa
    Lisa - 2008 Chevrolet Impala - Steering & Suspension - 8/24/2014
    Why won't it shift out of park?
    Car starts fine. Steering wheel unlocks. Can't press button to shift out of park.
     
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