Chevrolet Express 3500 Recall 02V330000
Steering Linkage May Not Be Tight
Suspension & Steering, December 10, 2002
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Our Quick Take:
On certain vans, the steering linkage may not be tightened properly.
What Should You Do?
Please contact your Chevrolet dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
On certain vans with a gross vehicle weight of 8500 or 8600 pounds, the pitman arm may not be tightened properly to the steering linkage. If separation occurs, loss of vehicle control would happen and a crash could occur. Dealers will tighten the pitman arm nut to specification, or replace it if it is missing. The recall began December 10, 2002. The GM recall number is 02063.
Original Recall from the NHTSA
Model Year(s): 2003
Manufacturer's Report Date: December 10, 2002
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02V330000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,158
Summary: ON CERTAIN VANS WITH AN 8,500 LB. OR 8,600 LB. GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING, THE NUT ATTACHING THE PITMAN ARM TO THE STEERING LINKAGE MAY NOT BE TIGHTENED ADEQUATELY RESULTING IN A POSSIBLE SEPARATION.
Consequence: A SEPARATION COULD RESULT IN LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL, AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR WITH PRIOR WARNING.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL TIGHTEN THE PITMAN ARM NUT TO THE PROPER SPECIFICATION. IF THE NUT IS MISSING, THE DEALER WILL INSTALL A NEW NUT AND TIGHTEN IT CORRECTLY. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN DECEMBER 10, 2002. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-222-1020 OR GMC AT 1-800-462-8782.
Notes: GM RECALL NO. 02063.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration