2002 Chevrolet Tahoe Q&A
2002 Chevrolet Tahoe Question: Popping noise when turning
I bought my Tahoe brand new and in the past 5 years approx. I have started to hear a popping noise when I turn or when I ride over uneven pavement. I have taken my truck to the dealer multiple times with no diagnosis. Then I took my truck to a Hibdon Tires and they replaced the driver's side ball/joint, but it still pops. And recently I took my truck to a Tires Plus and where they replaced my brakes, and since they had the wheels apart I asked them about the popping and they said they couldn't find it. Any ideas? - kingskid
Is the noise possibly coming from the lower portion of the steering column? The steering column intermediate shaft is a common source of popping noise when turning and driving over rough road surfaces. The shaft usually has to be replaced with an "updated" part to correct the condition. - LTS
The muffler heat shield may become loose on the muffler causing a rattle or popping noise. Our technicians tell us there is a kit available from GM to correct this problem.