Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft on Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The steering may develop a clunk type noise from the upper intermediate steering shaft.  Our technicians tell us that you should check with you local GM dealer to find out what the latest repair is for this condition.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 89,958 (10,000–220,000)
14 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
145 people reported this problem
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I too have or well, I had the same problem. There is a fix for it. A PERM. fix... not this 'install a grease fitting onto the steering shaft' fix.. which does work by the way, but you have to keep it greased up. People that have used that fix, say you have to usually re-grease the shaft every oil change.. screw that! I want it FIXED!! I paid 35k for this damn truck.. my first Chevrolet (not a good first impression!) TOO.. bought it brand new off showroom floor.. at about 10 or 15k miles.. the clunk noise started. I had the 'recall fix' done about 3 times.. I finally had the new one-piece aluminum shaft installed at around 30k. I now have 101k and haven't heard one single peep or sound from the steering column/area.. totally quiet.

I joined GMTRUCKCLUB.COM and found a perm. fix for it. It's either Jegs.com or SummitRacing.com.. but one of those places carries a brand new aluminum replacement steering shaft for Chevrolet owners wanting to fix the problem. Trust me, I had mine installed.. and it fixed the problem. That was about 60k miles ago too.. so its a perm. fix in my opinion.. they sell the shaft for about $250.00 (def worth it!). The reason it fixes the problem, is because its aluminum for one.. plus its all one freaking piece like it should have been from the get-go at the factory!! Ahheeemm.. anyhow, the factory piece is a two-piece unit.. you have a male and a female shaft.. which are fitted together and then bolted together. This is why you have the clunk noise/vibration because the two-piece shaft vibrates/rattles within itself because there's not a ton of tolerance.. but just enough to cause problems! I'm a Master Chevrolet mechanic.. been around Chevrolet for 30 years and I've not been too impressed with the two-piece steering shafts. The engineering just makes no sense in my opinion.

Anyhow, there is a perm. fix people.. don't give up just yet! Just look around at Jegs or Summit Racing Equipment magazines/websites and you'll see the shaft I'm talking about. Your welcome. :)
clunk driving over bumps, turning right or left, and off road, it gets worse :)
when you turn the steering wheel you feel/hear a clunking noise in the steering column.
clunking noise while doing low speed manuvers, i.e. parking, turning steering wheel slowly. replaced shaft and problem solved
Bad vibration is felt in the steering wheel/front end when making turns to left or right. Especially bad when making a slow tight turn and hitting any small bump in road. No diagnosis as of yet. Took vehicle to Chevy dealer a while back and they said nothing was wrong with vehicle. Are you kidding me?
Truck makes big clunk when you turn the wheel all the way to the left and sometimes for no reason at all.
clunking in stearing easy fix get a uper shaft from GM direct or LMC truck parts 20min your on the road
I just bought this truck 2 months ago and I've noticed the clunking in sharp turns and a lesser turn I notices a less deep knocking sound I've read all comments on this page and just need to know will this problem get worse or cause any issues if not fixed. I plan to fix but due to tight money I need to know if this should be a priority or get to when I get to problem
Waiting for law suite.
CLUNKING NOISE FROM UPPER INTERMEDIATE STEERING SHAFT WHEN TURNING
Similar clunking noise in front end. For long time, no mechanic could find out why; all just say normal noises and don't worry. (happening since drove off lot) Just last week a mechanic checked out again because made sounds like tires were about to fall off and he found loose bolt on "upper a-frame or ball joint" not sure exactly. He said he has never seen that bolt work "itself" loose without having recent alignment work. Tightened bolt back up but said it still had slack in steering making some noise still. No solution nor explanation as of yet.
This has been a issue for a few years...while you are driving and either take a turn/driveway/uneven pavement you can feel a thump on the steering column. Really annoying.
I had the intermediate steering shaft replaced three times under warranty. The last replacement seems to have been a better fix. I have around 87000 miles on the truck now.
I have not had this fixed.
clunking sound and vibration in steering wheel. problem intermediate steering shaft. temporary solution: loosen steering shaft bolt pump the shaft up and down a few times to redistribute grease replace bolt. smoothe riding for however long it takes until symptoms recur.
rack and pinion steering completly replaced at dealer...but problem remains.
When veering right on a rolling curve of the road like the freeway, the thumping occurs and stops when it straightens out
truck making a clunking noise when sreared to the left
My husband kept noticing a noise by times when he took a left in truck. Finally took it in to dealership as truck is still under warranty and low and behold it was upper intermediate steering shaft. My husband went talk to service writer and he said if we would have been in a front end collision whoever driving would be in bad shape. That is kind of scary! But at least it is fixed. We bought the truck 2nd hand in August of 2014 with 12,000 miles.
Clunks when hitting small bumps through steering wheel