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01-17-2007, 02:48 PM
Has anyone else experienced a problem with a "creaking/whining" noise coming from the steering column of their Grand Am?
A competent mechanic has checked it out and found nothing he can pinpoint as causing the sound, and doesn't believe it to be a serious issue that could affect safety. He lubed everthing he could think of that might help, and the sound has dimineshed but not quit completely.
Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.
Gordon in Gatlinburg

01-17-2007, 02:51 PM
Same here, been going on for the past 2 years. Horn doesnt work when the wheel is turned? Other than that steering is copecetic

01-17-2007, 02:56 PM
Haven't had the horn problem...interesting. Guess if you've heard it for two years anything serious that might happen would have happened by now, huh?
Thanks for the post.

01-17-2007, 03:22 PM
There is a small seal at the back of the rack that the dealer said they had to "lube" and it fixed my noise. Apparently they knew all about it??

Also, does your mechanic have, or use, a stethoscope?

00 GA GT
01-17-2007, 03:27 PM
Me too! I went to the dealership and they said that I had to replace my rack for like $1200. My steering feels fine and I think that is BS what they told me. When my car is cold it doesn't make a noise but when it gets warm it starts whining. Did you guys notice that we all have 2000 grand am's?:iconfused

01-17-2007, 03:34 PM
I'll have that seal at the back of the rack check3ed...thanks for the heads-up. And thanks to everyone else who weighed in on this, makes a newbie all warm and fuzzy!

00 GA GT
01-17-2007, 03:40 PM
Yeah thanks MMGT1 for that tip. I'll take my car in sometime to get it checked.

01-17-2007, 03:50 PM
Also about our WONDERFUL RACKS(he he)

If you haven't had to replace the PS lines yet save a few bucks, you'll be doin' that real soon too.....

Have had to do my 96 99 & 00 all in the last year(go figure 'eh)

King Justice
01-17-2007, 04:39 PM
My mom's boyfriend had that problem and he said it was because he was low on power steering fluid or something...so maybe you should try and check that? :confused:

01-17-2007, 06:50 PM
yeah i got that too. i dont think its a real big deal and like where i bought it from he said like its bushings or something making noise. idk

01-17-2007, 07:47 PM
its prob the upper rack seal. the gm power steering racks are notorious for having a bad input shaft bushing, this bushing wears and causes the seal to go bad. there is an entire repair kit from the dealer, just had the new excentric snap ring and seal and some lube for it. also the creaking and lack of horn when turning could be a bad clockspring, not a good thing. if that thing goes you can have instant air bag deployment. i would def go get a clockspring from a boneyard or somewhere and see if that solves the problem, you dont have to reinstall the airbag, just put it on and put the steering wheel on and drive like that for a little bit and see if there is any difference

01-18-2007, 02:52 PM
More great input...thanks everyone.

00 GA GT
01-18-2007, 04:43 PM
Are the PS lines the two lines that go to the Rack?

01-18-2007, 04:47 PM
sure are, those are the only ps lines there, pressure and return lines