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Need help with '94 Sunbird

Posted by kesca ( on
Tue, Jul 12, 05 at 10:41

I've got two things worrying me with my car.

The first is I heard a thumping noise when I turn right. Could it need a new rotor? Or might the problem be in the steering column?

The other is more persistent, but only a problem if it rains. I have intermittent wipers that sometimes stop while in use. I believe I can reliably get them running if I have not used them in a while, but if I turn off the ignition it's a definate maybe as to whether they will come on again. If I failed to turn off the wipers before turning off the ignition that odds are against the wipers going on again.

I've had the board changed out, but the problem persists. I used to be able to get the wipers going again by manually pushing the in the current direction, but that no longer works.

I'm not sure if they are in any way related, but from what I 've read, there have been recalls of Chevy trucks with what sounds like the same problem. I'm not sure what was done to the recalled vehicles. Does anyone know? Could my car have the same problem since it's built by the same people?

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RE: Need help with '94 Sunbird

Correction, the thumping only happens on left turns!

To be more specific on the thumping noise when I turn left. It doesn't happen when I make wide left turns. It will different make the thumping noise with sharp left turns. And for standard left turns, sometimes it does and sometimes it's doesn't. It's almost as if it "corrects" itself with right turns.

RE: Need help with '94 Sunbird

I don't have any specific solutions but feel compelled to chime in that any out of the ordinary noise or feel directly associated with steering the car should not be ignored. It indicates that something associated with the mechanical linkage that steers is not right and it will likely fail if left unattended. Depending on the specific component the timing and consequences of such a failure could be disastrous. You need to have someone look at your car and specifically identify the problem. Once you know the true nature of the problem you can make an educated decision of whether you want to take the risk or not.

just my 0.02

RE: Need help with '94 Sunbird

If I am correct the "power on" side outer CV joint is making this noise..
In this case, the left side.
Its boot is open, the CV grease all but gone, a clack-clack noise results..
But not really a "thump" noise, so the tires must be checked..and the entire front end..
I doubt if anything is wrong with the steering, but as Mr sdello has posted, have this examined ASAP..

RE: Need help with '94 Sunbird

The wiper problem you mention was a recall on some GM vehicals.My parents had a Astro van that the wipers did that 95 model.The fix was if I remember correcty they applied silicone to seal off moisture to the circuite board under the hood I think not sure?Ask at a GM dealership im sure they could tell you if there was a bullitine on the Sunbird.

RE: Need help with '94 Sunbird

There was also a recall on the Sunbird/Cavalier for a faulty steering rack, not sure which year.

RE: Need help with '94 Sunbird

Have this checked by a shop, and let them tell you what you need and go from there. Trying to guess a noise without driving the car, hearing the noise, and then putting it on a hoist and correctly inspecting the front end is simply wasted effort. Case in point, I checked a car for a noise last week, the front bumper cover was loose and rattling.

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