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Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Steering

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  • Hi All, I read back to thread #124 where the issue was on the 04.
    FYI, for all of you from this thread back to #124. I have a 09 AWD and it has the Rack and Pinion that was put on the trucks I think in 08 or 07. It was replace just two weeks ago, with 1700 miles on the truck!
    I had a drip I had seen under the truck at the front differential yoke, I thought and asked then to take a look during a warranty item that was fixed and they replaced the rack and pinion at the same visit.
    I was told it was an a seal assembly issue for the hydraulic seal as I understand it. I will be watching it closely.
    I was also told that the rack and pinion was a fix for the issues I am reading here. It would also make me think these other trucks could be retro fitted but I may be wrong about it. Also if there are many problems with many trucks it will take many NTSB complaints and a law suit probably to correct the problem. It would be better that than someone or several deaths like Toyota because it was just ignored.
  • Probably loose connector for that side of truck or just one bad wire (probably grnd.) in that part of the main wiring harness is my best guess,especially if it all happened at once.
  • solarfriedsolarfried Posts: 1
    edited April 2010
    I too have the rattle knock that occurs at low speeds when turning left or right and occasionally when running straight over washboard or bumpy roads. My dealer tore up the steering, replaced upper and lower shafts, boots etc. including steering gearcase but could not get the noise to stop. He worked on the truck (I saw them doing it) for 6 days and could not get it to stop. Alas! I am really perturbed by the continuous knocking. I cannot believe that so many Silverados suffer from this problem and GM does nothing.

    I am about to write a letter to my dealer and GM about this. If we all wrote to GM it might help solve the problem. But complaining amongs us does nothing for us.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    edited April 2010
    GM came out with a new steering shaft a couple of years ago. Since my truck wasn't covered with the TSB, bought the shaft for $50, installed it and no more clunk for years now.

    Maybe your dealer hadn't seen the TSB? 6 hours is way too long, more like 20 minutes.
  • bigal74bigal74 Posts: 1
    I am having this same problem with my steering at low speeds. Have you heard anything else that may be causing this? Thank you for any input that you may offer.
  • sjgbzsjgbz Posts: 3
    Had gearbox replaced by certified GM friend
    He also flushed fluid lines out while he had access
    And he fixed the clunking steering issue by installing the upgrade for the steering column. It's like a plastic insert that must take out the slack. Previously I had the steering column super-greased that only worked temporarily.

    My truck can now steer with total ease either way at any speed.
  • Hi Obyone: I have a "03 tahoe that ,I think, has the same "clicking" noise. I had it repaired at 12,000 miles but now, at 32,000 miles, it is back again. I do suspect, in reading some replys in Edmunds, that the dealer made the fix by using an aerosal spray method, not doing a "real" fix.
    So can you elaborate on the method you used to accomplish a fix and what was the description and supplier of the repair part.
    Thanks
  • Hi Obyone: I have a "03 tahoe that ,I think, has the same "clicking" noise. I had it repaired at 12,000 miles but now, at 32,000 miles, it is back again. I do suspect, in reading some replys in Edmunds, that the dealer made the fix by using an aerosal spray method, not doing a "real" fix.
    So can you elaborate on the method you used to accomplish a fix and what was the description and supplier of the repair part.
    Thanks
  • Hi Obyone: I have a "03 tahoe that ,I think, has the same "clicking" noise. I had it repaired at 12,000 miles but now, at 32,000 miles, it is back again. I do suspect, in reading some replys in Edmunds, that the dealer made the fix by using an aerosal spray method, not doing a "real" fix.
    So can you elaborate on the method you used to accomplish a fix and what was the description and supplier of the repair part.
    Thanks
  • Hi Obyone: I have a "03 tahoe that ,I think, has the same "clicking" noise. I had it repaired at 12,000 miles but now, at 32,000 miles, it is back again. I do suspect, in reading some replys in Edmunds, that the dealer made the fix by using an aerosal spray method, not doing a "real" fix.
    So can you elaborate on the method you used to accomplish a fix and what was the description and supplier of the repair part.
    Thanks
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    edited May 2010
    The replacement shaft part no. is 19153614 for something like $50 plus shipping. Other alternatives are a HD shaft like the ones here:

    Borgenson

    and here:
    Summit Racing

    I had opted for the $50 replacement figuring I could always opt for the $200 later if needed. So far after 3 years no clunking. If you are to attempt the change yourself you would need a special tool to lock the steering wheel in place so that it is in the correct position after the shaft change. If not an old time mechanic would probably use the seatbelt to secure the steering wheel. Changing the shaft took approximately 15 minutes.

    I had ordered the replacement shaft at gmpartsdirect.com and after checking there noticed that it is still $50.
    gmpartsdirect
  • mtm8mtm8 Posts: 1
    After pulling out a stuck truck with my tow strap, I have noticed the shift arm has been loose, and seems to come out of park with no resistance at all. and putting it back in I can hear a click at times. What have I done, can this be fixed or corrected?
  • I have the same problem. Is the steering box the answere?
  • knah2003knah2003 Posts: 11
    Don't know at the moment. It wasn'r the intermediate shaft...took all info to dealer and he's checking ......
  • harryd2harryd2 Posts: 1
    2000 silverado 4x4 with 5.3L V8. The power steering unit is leaking fluid. I haven't found the exact location yet. Just wondering if there is a standard fix for this type of problem.
    Thanks.
  • pmh1pmh1 Posts: 1
    I to have a similar problem on a '99 silverado no power steering at all to the right when at idle making turns while driving usually is ok its only at very low or no speed has a dry sound in steering column as well when it happens. I talked to top mechanic at a GM dealership he said it is not the pump or the gear box but rather something electrical or a ball joint binding up. I am not so sure. Any ideas out there?
  • I have a poping, or snaping noise from the front end on my 03 1500hd when making a slow sharp turn. I can't tell if it's from the left or right side, but I here is most of the time while turning sharp right in the parking deck. It's not a 4x4 and I can't expect it to be the steering stop. Any ideas?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    Intermediate steering shaft
  • Front wheels shimmy badly (Death Wobble) when I hit a bump at speeds of 30-40 mph

    Truck 1999 GMC 2500 - 125,000 MILES
    Front end alignment -Recent
    Tire Rotation & balance recent.
    Frt bearing Replacement 2 yrs ago
    Both Tie rod ends replaced 1 yr ago

    Adjusted Steering Gear Box Gland hex Nut 5/8" with 3/16" allen hex screw.
    Took care of the problem!!!
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