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Old 07-21-2010, 01:04 AM   #1
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Default 2001 L-series groan on left turn, speed dependent

My 2001 LW200 with 115K has runs great - except now it's starting to emit a front end groan when I make quick left turns (e.g., across rapidly approaching oncoming traffic). I read another thread or two that described similar symptoms, but none that talked about it being speed dependent, or specifically associated with left turns only. They suspected a rack or power steering problem - but I was hoping to hear someone comment who has experienced just these symptoms.

BTW - PS fluid level is fine.

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Default Re: 2001 L-series groan on left turn, speed dependent

It could also be wheel bearing. It happened to my LW2 three years when she has 90K miles.
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Default Re: 2001 L-series groan on left turn, speed dependent

FYI...there was a TSB on this a few years ago...the rack design was changed mid-2003 to get rid of it, but it's not a cheap fix, obviously. If I get on my system that has that Bulletin saved on it...I'll post it.
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Default Re: 2001 L-series groan on left turn, speed dependent

If it's just to the left, Saturn had a TSB on this awhile back up to a certain VIN in 2003. Bulletin below:

Whistle Noise from Power Steering While Turning Left #02-T-77 - (Apr 24, 2003)
Whistle Noise from Power Steering While Turning Left (Replace Power Steering Gear)

2000-2003 Saturn L-Series - Built Prior to VIN Breakpoint 3Y521530
Condition

Some customers may comment on a whistle noise while making slight left turns.
Cause

Condition may be due to the power steering gear.
Correction

Refer to the "Power Steering Gear Removal and Installation Procedure" found in the Steering Section of the appropriate Saturn L-Series Chassis Service Manual. Replace the Steering Gear with P/N 22708505 which has internal modifications to correct the whistle noise concern.
Procedure

1. Verify the customer concern of whistle noise.

Important

The changes in Steering Gear P/N 22708505 are only for the whistle noise.

2. If the whistle noise can be heard with slight left steering input, refer to the "Power Steering Gear Removal and Installation Procedure" found in the Steering Section of the appropriate Saturn L-Series Chassis Service Manual. Replace the Steering Gear with P/N 22708505.

Parts Requirements

Part Number


Description

22708505


Steering Gear
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