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

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.

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Average mileage: 82,729 (7,000–239,985)
12 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015
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2007 GMC Sierra 1500 56,700 mi,
noise (clunk) when go left or rigth, its feels in front suspension and im looking for a solution for this....
at low speeds around corners the steering wheel seems to slightly pop, kinda weird and feels cheesy
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!!!!
2003 GMC Sierra 1500 75,000 mi,
popping sound in steering column when backing and turning
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!
Make clunky noise in steering when hitting a bump sounds like coming from upperparts of steering
2003 GMC Sierra 1500 120,000 mi,
steering clunking when turning left especially. still not repaired; but suspect steering shaft
2004 GMC Sierra 1500 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.
2006 GMC Sierra 1500 186,000 mi,
clunk when 1/2 turn left
2005 GMC Sierra 1500 7,000 mi,
Knocking in steering wheel....had a shop grease it for 20 bucks....ended it
when turning steering wheel clunking noise and feel vibration in steering wheel only notice this at low speeds
2006 GMC Sierra 1500 20,000 mi,
2005 GMC Sierra 1500 29,030 mi,
installed PN19153614 Clunking went away but 20K miles later excessive play in steering wheel from U-joint in new shaft!
2005 GMC Sierra 1500 30,000 mi,
The cheap GM plastic on the steering arm are defective. I an on my third one. The wear out every 30,000 miles. It makes it feel like the front end is worn out, The dealer parts are still defective. GM makes you buy the whole arm for $130 knowing that they are defective. I am going to buy a Ford next.
2005 GMC Sierra 1500 50,000 mi,
clunking sounds from the suspension when turning right or left.
2015 GMC Sierra 1500 9,558 mi,
Clunk noise when turning at low speed and also when in reverse!
2008 GMC Sierra 1500 100,000 mi,
First happened it kind of scared me, thought it was an engine problem but noticed it only made the noise when I turned the wheel.
2005 GMC Sierra 1500 76,169 mi,
Rattling sound in sterring column
2005 GMC Sierra 1500 100,000 mi,
Souns like a rattle all the time.
2000 GMC Sierra 1500 36,000 mi,
Replaced intermediate steering shaft with upgraded part from NAPA