Hi Ian. I was wondering if Service # 03-02-32-049 (10-29-2003) release of
new outer tie rod ends would solve a knock like sound I am experiencing when
turning right and then immediately left. I took my car to the dealership
for the noise and they were able to duplicate the problem but all they did
was re-torque the steering gear mounting bolts and lubed the right side
lower control arm bolts and bushings. This didn't eliminate the noise. It
just made the car feel tighter and there is less noise when going over bumps
on the road.
Previously, this car had the engine cradle replaced and this greatly reduced
some of the front end noise but overall this vehicle seems to be prone to
rattles and noise. Oh, and it has had the intermediate steering shaft lubed
and the noise for that is more like a clunk and not a knock like sound.
I would really appreciate any input you may have.
I had not seen that bulletin. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
I doubt that this will help any kind of "knocking" noise. Probably
this fix was released because of all the outer tie rod premature
wear that we see. I'll have to talk to the front end guys and see
if they are aware of the bulletin. I suspect that the new part is
already in the parts bin, but I'm not sure if they know about the
Thank you for your quick reply.
Any news from the front end guys regarding the noise that I am experiencing?
I will try another chevrolet dealership and maybe they have a tech that has
experienced this problem before and knows what to do.
I talked to one of the front end guys, and he is aware of the
change-up tie rod ends. He doesn't think that this will cause
your noise. There are so many noises coming from these stupid
Impala's with the aluminum subframe that it's hard to really
give you any more direction. Sounds as though you've already
had everything done that we know about.
Thank you for remembering my question.
I wish I had purchased a vehicle with a steel subframe like the Regal or the
Do you know if the "new" Grand Prix has noise issues since it too has the
We don't work on the Pontiac line, so we see very few of
the Grand Prix's in the shop. I suspect that each year, GM
will make some improvements to the aluminum subframe.
Eventually, it will probably be just fine. Small comfort for
the customers dealing with the noise issues.
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