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GMC Sierra 1500 Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft

GMC Sierra 1500 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Average Mileage: 87,548 mi (7,000 mi - 239,985 mi)


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.

  • Had the same clunk in steering, unbolted the steering shaft where it telescopes and pushed it in and out 10 times bolted it back together and no more clunk!!!!

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  • Visitor, , 56,700 mi

    noise (clunk) when go left or rigth, its feels in front suspension and im looking for a solution for this....

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  • at low speeds around corners the steering wheel seems to slightly pop, kinda weird and feels cheesy

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  • Very noticable clunk and loose feel at low speeds. Took it back to dealer and they claimed to replace steering shaft. A few hundred miles later the same sound started again. Took it back to dealer and they claimed to replace steering shaft again. A few hundred miles later and same story. Contacted dealer and they said thats all they coud do. im just having to live with an 06 GMC Sierra with only 45000 mile on it driving like it has 200000 miles on it! I will sure remember this experience when I'm shoping for my next truck!

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  • Visitor, , 120,000 mi

    steering clunking when turning left especially. still not repaired; but suspect steering shaft

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  • Visitor, , 72,000 mi

    I complained to the dealer about this problem and the greased the steering and noise went away for a while, then came back. The dealer did this several times and then magically after it was out of warranty the part needed to be replaced at my cost. The part is over $200 and the labor will be twice that. I had the same problem on my 2000 Sierra.

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  • Visitor, , 29,030 mi

    installed PN19153614 Clunking went away but 20K miles later excessive play in steering wheel from U-joint in new shaft!

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  • Visitor, , 186,000 mi

    clunk when 1/2 turn left

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  • Visitor, , 7,000 mi

    Knocking in steering wheel....had a shop grease it for 20 bucks....ended it

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  •  Rookie

    All of a sudddened after using 4WD on gravel road after turning off before hard surface road - front end or steering develop led harsh metallic noise when wheels turned hard right or left regardless of road speed . Faster you drive Linder the turning noise . No leaks all fluids look good . Breaks work while turning wheels with no change of noise intensity . What could it be . Stumped in NC

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