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Has anyone experienced a slight clicking sound emitting from the steering wheel when turning it at slow speeds? It is separate from the turn indicator cancellation click. I have already looked to make sure the floor mat isn't catching anything. The noise is coming from the steering column much higher up than the floor board, near the portion that has the turn signal, but as I wrote above it is separate from the turn indicator cancellation click, even though the noise is similar.:rolleyes:

My dealership made an appointment for me to have their ONE EV tech look at it. I was told by the service writer that it may take a day or several months to fix due to the 'supply chain' if something needs to be ordered. I don't cherish the idea of being without my new car, especially since I will be losing time on the three year trial period for the assisted cruise control (self driving feature). They advised that they'd give me a loaner, but I didn't pay $5k over sticker price due to a 'market adjustment' to drive an ICE.
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I have! My service department replaced the steering column and it didn't fix it. They claim it's not the clock spring either. I have a customer who is experiencing the same thing with theirs as well. Does your vehicle happen to have supercruise?
 

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That's what we've narrowed it down to. My partner has the same car, but without and his steering column make 0 noise. We've opened a case to GM about this. It's likely a defect in manufacturing the column. I refuse to accept it as a "normal" operation. I would press your service department to open a case with GM.
 

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Mine is making the same noise too along with squeaking at cold temperatures + low speeds. I was considering taking it in but if replacing the steering column doesn't fix it, then I'd be wasting my time.
 

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My 2023 Premier (no packages) just started making this clicking sound last night. Just shy of 1000 miles. When parked I can reproduce it easily. 90 degree turn left... Click! Turn back right.... Click! Very annoying. Haven't scheduled an appt yet, but it is sounding like there is no promising fix yet??
 

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I just got mine back from the dealer. They replaced the entire steering column and that seems to have done the trick...so far!
Mine just started this week. It is a 2022 Premier and I just hit 90-days ownership w/3350 miles. How long did it take for the dealership to fix. I just cannot be w/out a car for too many days; I would have to insist they give me a loaner for anything over 24-hrs.
 

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Just a thought, but years back my 2005 Malibu steering column started clicking like crazy within a year of purchase. I brought it back to the dealership and they replaced the rack and pinion, but it continued to click. I brought it back two more times and they replaced the rack another two times. I then read online of other Malibu owners experiencing the same issue. They added a little grease to their steering column u-joints and bushings just under the dash and it solved the clicking. I then tried the same thing, took 5 minutes, and it worked for me. The clicking never came back even after another 7 years of ownership.

It was awful to think that the dealership charged GM 3 times for a repair that was not needed. Give it a try and see what happens.
 

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Mine just started this week. It is a 2022 Premier and I just hit 90-days ownership w/3350 miles. How long did it take for the dealership to fix. I just cannot be w/out a car for too many days; I would have to insist they give me a loaner for anything over 24-hrs.
I dropped mine off early Monday morning and got it back on Wednesday the following week. I was on vacation the first five days, so it didn’t bother me. My service technician advised me that the first thing they did was to contact Chevy and describe the issue, found out what needed to be ordered, and the prescribed amount of time for the repair (less than a day). I would HOPE that your dealership would be able to hear the noise, make the same inquiry to Chevy (strongly suggest to them to do it), order the part, give you your car back and notify you when the part arrives. I just left mine due to being on vacation and not needing it as soon as I returned (but they did give me a loaner for the few days that they had it after the parts arrived until their EV tech could install it).
The first dealership I took it to (where I purchased the car) wasn’t so helpful. They told me that they would have to take the whole steering column apart (no idea how long that would take), order whatever parts needed (no idea how long that would take), wait for them to arrive (no idea how long that would take), and install them (no idea how long that would take); possibly up to two months or even longer. Guess which dealership has my business from now on.
 

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I have an EUV '22 Launch edition with 2,000 miles, just started to notice the sound as described. I typically have music on so not sure if it has been doing it all along or not; however, I started to notice just a few days ago so thinking it just started. Is there a specific number for the service bulletin mentioned above?
 

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DaveNSueM, My apologies. I was mistaken in my previous post regarding the sevice bulletin. As I mention above in my corrected post the dealership advised that they contacted Chevy for the information; there is not currently a specific bulletin.
 

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There are about 15 "Steering wheel clicking" threads on this forum. This is most recent so I am posting here.
I found these causes identified in those posts:

1. Floor mat interfering with steering u-joint at floor
2. Suspension stabilizer link. It includes a joint to the sway bar which wears out and gets loose (recalled in Korea). One on left and one on right.
3. Steering gear (also referred to as "F (S)" gear. Front Steering??)
4. Sway bar (connected to stabilizer link so mechanics might replace this along with the link "just in case"?)
5. Factory did not tighten steering linkage bolts enough so they are loose (under dash?)
6. Broken dash weld

My Bolt is a 2017 with 35,000 miles. Several postings had around that mileage but I have not yet tried to correlate the mileage with the cause.

For the first two, a diagnosis procedure was provided. Does anyone have thoughts on how I would prioritize and diagnose the remaining potential causes?
It seems like trying to pinpoint the exact source of the noise might be the best approach. I can turn the wheel only a millimeter while the car is stopped and hear the click.
This seems to rule out the dash weld problem. I guess there is a power assist so my tiny exertion on the wheel is amplified. Does that make sense?
But the amplification would not affect the upper linkage joints??

Here is a great video on diagnosing and replacing the stabilizer link. His diagnosis method is not great but the noise was gone after it was replaced. The replacement looks easy except for tightening the lower bolt which is on the back side. If he had to break" the bolts it was not shown. If the link failed at 35,000 the replacement will fail at 70,000: too bad.

As a diagnosis method, one forum member suggested squeezing the link while turning the wheel. The clunk noise stopped when he did that. Another suggestion is to pull either the sway bar or link back and forth and listen for the clunk. You can compare both sides in case one side is good and other bad.

Quote from repairsmith.com:
There are two noises that bad stabilizer links make: A popping noise or a knocking noise. Both will be heard primarily when your car uses the stabilizer bar, such as when making sharp turns or when driving over bumps in the road.
I feel like it is reasonable to assume that the sway bar and links are also moved enough to "pop" when you turn the wheel while the car is stopped.

You can replace with an OEM stabilizer link kit from Moog which requires greasing (annually? more often?). It's not listed as a Bolt EV part but a forum member did the cross referencing and installed in their vehicle.
 

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I am going to guess it is the steering U-joint just above the floor. If not tight, the little bit of play in the splines will do that. Tighten the bolts at either end.
I yanked on the top and bottom of the rod with U-joints under the dash inside the passenger cabin. Nothing feels or sounds loose. I am convinced the clunk sound is traveling through the car body from outside the passenger cabin. If you wiggle the steering while the car is rolling slowly there is no noise: to trigger the noise, by wiggling the steering, the car has to be stopped. In both those cases the U-joints would be moved so I would expect to hear the clunks. That is why I think it is not the U-joints.

I reached behind the wheels and yanked on the stabilizer links on both sides. I was unable to create the clunk noise that way.

I then got a helper and had her wiggle the steering while I listened next to the wheels. The sound is definitely louder and less muffled there.

Yanking with my hand exerts front-to-back force on the rods while turning the steering exerts more of a left-right force. Maybe that is why I cannot make the noise with my hand on the bar?

I feel I have eliminated the passenger compartment causes (1, 5, and 6), narrowing it down to stabilizer link, sway bar, or steering gear.

The next question is whether to buy the stabilizer links before taking it to a shop. It seems like paying $30 to have the parts on hand could save time and money. Maybe I should call the shop first to see if they care if I buy the parts (Since my cars have been under warranty for years and I used a Toyota specialist before that, I have no relationship with a repair shop.)
 
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