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post #5 of (permalink) Old 07-24-2014, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Re: '09 Outlook. Steering fixed at 47k, now broken again!

Originally Posted by ls973800
Te clunking is usually a result of the bushings wearing out. They are replaceable, but I believe the rack has to come out to do it. Following copy and paste is just part of some comments posted by a veteran GM suspension/steering master tech on another forum (Traverse) which uses the same components.

the loud/hard clunking noise heard on model years 2010 & prior is due to steering gear mount bushings. the replacement bushings are made of an updated compound. service procedure requires r&r of steering rack/pinion to replace. as bad as the noise can sound, it does not present any safety/operational issues in my opinion.
Will any further damage occur - or is it a safety issue - to live with the clunk and not replace the bushings?
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