Steering Column on 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500

Why is there a crackling noise coming from what seems like the steering column? This may also be the cause to why the lights on the steering wheel controls are burned out.

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If the other elsectical functions releated to the steering wheel are ok - the horn and the air bag - then I would think that the cracking noise is not releated to the lights being out. You may have a proplem with the steering upper intermidiate shaft - they tend to make what is normaly refered to as a "popping" noise.