2005 Chevy Equinox suspension rattle or knocking


Old 03-22-09, 06:28 AM
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2005 Chevy Equinox suspension rattle or knocking

My 2005 Equinox LT 2WD has had a fairly quiet but persistant and dampend rattle or knocking sound when driving slowly over bumps for the past several months. The car drives and steers fine. I heard that there was technical service bulletins out around this problem, and it is something that GM is aware of. It almost sounds like loose shock towers, or suspension arm bushings that may have become sloppy. I even wondered if there was anything involving the steering shafts and column. Does anyone know the specific cause and correction for this problem, and is there any safety issues around it? The vehicle has 56,000 miles and has never been driven hard, or abused, and still runs and looks like new. The front brakes are still 50%, and the tires were changed at 45,000 miles. Never had a single repair until this problem has come up.
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Old 03-22-09, 12:17 PM
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Sounds like front sway bar links causing your noise.
Old 05-14-09, 07:41 PM
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Equinox Rattle = Steering Column

I had the same issue with my 2005 Equinox. It was not the sway bar, but rather the steering column. Remove the black shield underneath the drivers side steering wheel. You will notice a little play in the steering shaft which causes the rattleing noise over bumps. Loosen the bolt that regulates how far the the one shaft is slid onto the other. Slide the lower shaft as far as it will go onto the higher shaft and tighten the bolt. Walla! Problem solved!

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