steering column noise

Discussion in 'Lifted & Offroad Suspension' started by g-man, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. g-man

    g-man New Member

    My 2004 chevy silverado 1500 crewcab Z71 has developed a rattling sound in the steering column. It has about 50,000 mi on it. Anybody else had this problem? If so what's up with it? Thanks in advance for any insight. Ythe way G-Man here.
  2. Tom Evans

    Tom Evans Rockstar 100 Posts

    I just bought a 2002 Suburban and observed the same thing. I don't usually hear the rattle when I hit a bump going straight. The rattle occurs more when I am off from center.
  3. TahoeFever

    TahoeFever Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    Steering - Clunking Noises Felt in Steering Wheel

    Bulletin No.: 00-02-35-003M

    Date: January 31, 2007

    Clunking Noise Under Hood and Can Be Felt in Steering Wheel and/or Steering Column (Replace Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft [I-Shaft] Assembly)

    2002-2006 Cadillac Escalade Models
    1999-2007 Chevrolet Silverado Models (Classic)
    2000-2006 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe Models
    2002-2006 Chevrolet Avalanche
    1999-2007 GMC Sierra Models (Classic)
    2000-2006 GMC Yukon, Yukon XL Models
    2003-2006 HUMMER H2

    Attention: This Service Bulletin DOES NOT include Mid-Size Utilities such as Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer Models, GMC Envoy Models or Oldsmobile Bravada.

    Refer to Service Bulletin 02-02-35-006A or newer for Mid-Size Utilities.


    This bulletin is being revised to update the repair procedure with a permanent fix. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 00-02-35-003L (Section 02 - Steering).


    Some customers may comment on a clunk-type noise coming from under the hood that also can be felt in the steering wheel. These conditions may be more noticeable when turning at low speeds on rough road surfaces.

    Diagnostic Tips

    Use the information below to help diagnose the source of the noise.

    Frame Snap and/or Popping Type Noise - A frame snap or popping type noise can be duplicated on rough or smooth road surfaces with steering wheel input to the left or the right. This type of noise can be HEARD and is typically louder with the windows rolled down. For additional information, refer to Corporate Bulletin Number 03-08-61-002F or newer - Snap/Popping Type Noise Coming from Front of Vehicle (Remove Front Crossmember, Change Fastener Orientation).

    Intermediate Shaft Clunk - Intermediate shaft clunk is heard and FELT in the steering wheel and/or steering column area, typically while driving on rough road surfaces with steering wheel input.
  4. g-man

    g-man New Member

    thanks to TahoeFever

    Thanks for the info. Obviously, there is no danger of loss of control or there would be a recall. This gm truck club is the Hot Lick, as they say.
  5. TahoeFever

    TahoeFever Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    all is good i got the shaft replaced myself and it looks like i'm back into the shop again for the perm fix . :)

    i know another site where a guy actually did the job himself and did a step by step with pics in a pdf format walkthrough :)
  6. DutchTBI

    DutchTBI Rockstar

    Can you post the link to that site??
  7. TahoeFever

    TahoeFever Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    Sure I'l send an email to the other forums to make shure its ok to post it :)
  8. TahoeFever

    TahoeFever Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    Last edited: Oct 11, 2007
  9. DutchTBI

    DutchTBI Rockstar

  10. FireRed

    FireRed Rockstar 100 Posts

    Reading the PDF it says 2002 needs a special tool for the job, curious roughly how much a dealer charges for the job?


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