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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:39 pm 
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Hi all,

I have a loud clicking sounds when turning the steering wheel in either direction, any ideas what this problem is likely to be?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:44 pm 
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Universal joint in the floor? It's set into the floor in a rubber collar. It wears. But if it's been removed for any reason, the rubber is very often not pushed into the floor correctly.

Unless the is from a broken cog in the CIM (the black box on the steering column with the indicator stalk in it).

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:09 pm 
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Strut mounts maybe. Is it coming from above the front wheels, or the steering column, somewhere else?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:21 pm 
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Thanks for the swift reply, it's coming from inside the cabin I think, maybe steering column. The sound got worse after a recent speed bump. Would that be a strut?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:00 pm 
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Could be. The top of the strut sits in a rubber mount and has a ball race below it. The spring sits on this. Could be a broken spring.

If you take the plastic cover off the top of the strut, you can see if it's central. If not the mount is split or stressed.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:53 am 
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If the top bearing has gone it's more of a twang than a click. It's worth checking the fluid level in the power steering


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:20 pm 
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Thanks for the update, I think its the clock spring as the clicking comes when turning the steering wheel from inside the car. Any idea if these are easy to change and I guess GM use the same one across the saab and vectra range, would that be about right in terms of sourcing a used spare part?


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:24 pm 
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Do your indicators still select and self cancel okay?

Had an annoying clicking when turning in either direction on my 9-5 and it was a fault with the self cancelling peg on the indicator stalk (which i think is the same part as fitted to your 9-3).

Only takes a few minutes to remove it and check.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:56 am 
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That's very interesting, yes the indicators, horn, lights etc all still work fine. You only hear the clicking sounds as the wheel turns in either direction, its lounder to the left then the right, hence assumed its the clock spring. Thanks for your reply, appreciated.


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