NHTSA — Steering: Rack And Pinion Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,880 miles

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2001 Pontiac Bonneville steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Pontiac Bonneville Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 102005

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


We own a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville. It has had to have a new fan motor, new manifold. And in Dec 2003 we had to replace the rack and pinion, in Dec 2004 we had to replace the rack and pinion. And now it is making the same noise again. In reading on the internet I see that there are many complaints with Pontiac over the rack and pinion issue. They need to make changes to correct this problem.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #3

Jan 102003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,521 miles
Noticed intermittent clicking noise when turning. Dealer unable to verify until February, 3, 2003. Replaced the power steering rack (part 26099978 - gear kit 6.508), lubricated the intermediate shaft (part 26098237 - lubricant 8.800) and replaced power steering hoses (parts 26079289 & 25727230).

- North Bend, WA, USA

problem #2

Nov 102002


  • miles
Can hear and feel clunking noise (through steering wheel) while turning wheel and or braking or accelerating at low speeds. Also will feel and hear the clunk noise while the car is not in motion while turning the steering wheel.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 282002


  • miles
Tie rod ends are worn excessively, causing vibration and clunking in front end. Worn badly enough to possibly cause seperation.

- Beebe, AR, USA

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