: gear shift vibration/strange noise in steering



usc2005
10-16-07, 11:45 AM
Ok guys i have two problems that i am hoping that somone may have the answer to. 1) Sometimes when i drive, the gear auto/gear shifter moves or vibrates. What do i need to do to stop it form moving?

2) In the morning sometimes after i start my car and i turn the steering wheel, there is a loud moaning noise, and when i turn it does a little vibrating. After a few minutes of driving it doesnt make the noise when i turn or anything, it acts just fine. Am i low on power steering fluid? Thanks.....

usc2005
10-17-07, 10:04 AM
When i drive i notice that sometimes the gear shifter in my auto/catera will move and vibrate, in there a way to stop the gearshifter from moving and vibrating, i think i saw another thread with the same problem but i cant find it anymore...i think it was the tie rods or something? Correct me if im wrong..

yellowxhoodie
10-18-07, 03:54 PM
could be a number of things. if you notice it more your braking then its probably warped rotors. if so, unfortunately the catera's rotors are unservicable so you wont be able to get them cut. youll have to buy new ones. if not, it could be a bent rim, loose tie rod, loose hub assembly, or a number of other things. All of them are pretty simple, cheap, and easy to fix. hope that helps.

yellowxhoodie
10-18-07, 04:47 PM
Ok guys i have two problems that i am hoping that somone may have the answer to. 1) Sometimes when i drive, the gear auto/gear shifter moves or vibrates. What do i need to do to stop it form moving?

Could be warped rotors, loose tie rods, bad hub assembly, bent rim, or numerous other things. Does it vibrate just when you braking or always?

10KTGOLD
10-19-07, 12:36 AM
low powersteering fluid. us atf. its cold now and its gettin think overnight and takes aminute to warm back up ,and thats when it clears up for ya.

gmatgyrl
10-19-07, 09:06 AM
Had this exact problem 2 days ago, as well a little pulsating in the steering wheel. It was definitely my rotors. I replaced the front rotors and put new brake pads all the way around and the problems is gone. Got some pretty expensive quotes, $283 was the cheapest. I decided to change them myself and bought brand new front rotors and pads for front and rear on Ebay for $84.99 + $12.99 shipping. Good luck!

usc2005
10-19-07, 02:36 PM
thanks 10kt.......and yellowhoodie, no its not the rotors(i dont think) im talking about the gear lever.....the lever vibrates when i drive.

CateraMV6
10-19-07, 02:36 PM
Thats due to the attachment of the lever... and its connection to the trans. mine does the same thing and its probably because the trans shifts around on its mounts and it passes the vibrations to the gear selector... I kinda like it the way it is... its got its own unique feel to it.

usc2005
10-19-07, 02:41 PM
Yellowhoodi, thanks, ill get those checked, i just thought that it was something wrong that the gear lever was broke or something because it always moved when i drove....thanks everyone

yellowxhoodie
10-19-07, 03:48 PM
CateraMV6. even if you like the way it feels, you should def. get it fixed. Im pretty sure its not because of the car shifting. any vibration in the car while driving is dangerous. The harder and longer it vibrates the worse it is for the car. The vibrations can cause all sorts of bolts and parts to come loose which will only lead to more problems.

yellowxhoodie
10-19-07, 03:50 PM
yea i know. i had the same problem with my 2000 catera. but warped rotors can cause it to vibrate while you are braking. If it always vibrates then i would def. check your tie-rods and hub assemblys.