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I have a 2002 Pontiac Grand-Am GT - 3.4L V6 Engine - Every time I turn my steering wheel to the left or right I hear a cracking noise and can feel it crack under my feet on the driver's side. I just had my steering rack replaced since I was told that was most likely the problem, however, it still makes the cracking noises. Plus, now my steering wheel is real stiff to turn. I suppose that's because of the new steering rack and hopefully after driving it for a while it'll loosen it up. If you can give me any pointers as to what's causing this problem, I'd appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

Hi Susan:

well with out being able to her it I can't tell you for sure what the issue is BUT if that noise was not there before the steering rack was replaced and now it is then there is a good chance it's replaced the new steering gear or something happens when the gear was replaced. I would take it back and insist that the issue be addressed especially if this cropped up after the repair. sorry I can't be of more help but noises are really hard to find in the first place because the noise travels and not being able to hear it as well.

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General auto repair,electrical issues,driveability issues,anti-lock brakes,SIR systems,HVAC,engine performance,Gm specific. I have worked at my current dealership since the 1990 model year anything much older than that I have limited exposure to. I do not have very much transmission experience so those question you may want to ask of another expert. When you send me a question let me know the exact make/model/engine and year for the car or suv you have it makes it easier to answer the questions that way. If your happy with the answer I gave you please feel free to Donate. This is a free service to you and I am not compensated at all by this web site. I have 22 years of experience to share with you and my knowledge wasn't free to me. I had to pay for my education.


Experience in the area: I have been a technician in GM dealerships for over 22 years and I am a ASE master technician. I work at a Buick and GMC truck store Previously I worked at a Pontiac GMC store for 18 years. I Served a a lead technician when dealership was on a team system. I just recently moved to a Buick,Hummer,Saab Store when my franchise was purchased by this dealership. Organizations: ASE master technician


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