Sierra 1500

Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft on GMC Sierra 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: 82,735 (7,000–239,985)
13 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015
72 people reported this problem
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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!!!!
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
steering clunking when turning left especially. still not repaired; but suspect steering shaft
Knocking in steering wheel....had a shop grease it for 20 bucks....ended it
clunk when 1/2 turn left
when turning steering wheel clunking noise and feel vibration in steering wheel only notice this at low speeds
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.
installed PN19153614 Clunking went away but 20K miles later excessive play in steering wheel from U-joint in new shaft!
Sounds like driver side..had to replace hub bearing..only time I hear it is from a park position turning steering wheel to back out...then into forward while turning wheel back then the thump or clunk
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.
clunking sounds from the suspension when turning right or left.
Clunk noise when turning at low speed and also when in reverse!
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.
Rattling sound in sterring column
Souns like a rattle all the time.