This bulletin is being revised to add the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn AURA and include a different procedure to correct Condition # XXXXX Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 06-02-32-007B (Section 02 -- Steering).
Some customers may comment on a clunk noise heard and felt in the steering wheel while driving at slow speeds and turning. The clunk noise may appear to be directly in front of the driver. Hitting a bump while turning can produce the clunk noise. Sometimes the noise may be duplicated when the vehicle is sitting still and the steering wheel is turned 90 degrees in either direction before initially centering the steering wheel.
The clunk noise may be caused by the lack of lubrication between the inner and outer components of the intermediate shaft..
Lubricate the intermediate shaft with steering column shaft lubrication kit, P/N 26098237.
Important: Remove original thread locker material from the bolt and apply Loctite® 242 (or equivalent) to the threads of the bolt and reinstall intermediate shaft bolt.
Important: This condition ONLY applies to 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu/Maxx and 2005-2007 Pontiac G6.
Some customers may comment on a knocking or rattling type noise from the front of the vehicle when driven at low speeds and over bumps. The noise only occurs when the steering wheel is in the straight ahead position and sounds like the noise is in the left suspension of the vehicle or directly in front of the driver.
Order Adhesive Back Shim Stock from Kent Automotive at 1-888-YES-KENT or online at www.kent-automotive.com.
Adhesive Back Shim Stock (25 mm x 30 ft roll) [15 mm (9/16 in) thickness]
$1.60 per vehicle ($1.78 in Canada)
Intermediate Shaft Grease Kit