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Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft

Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Average Mileage: 94,721 mi (12,067 mi - 202,227 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.

  •  Rookie

    Steering shaft making a clunking sound. Have not gotten it fixed yet would like more information if anyone can help.

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  • Visitor, , 80,000 mi

    I have this problem too but Chevy tells me there is no recall. I can't get any help on any of it thru Chevy. I wish i knew the one who was able to get the recall so maybe i can get the information from them.

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  • Visitor, , 50,000 mi

    Clunking sound and feel in the shaft. Especially going around corners. Independent garage printed a GM technical bulletin on the problem. Dealership said that since this problem on the early 2004 models, GM has replaced it with a closed joint, Which leaves us with the cost of repair for GM's design flaw. Truck now has 85,000 and I have not have it repaired.

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  • Visitor, , 202,227 mi

    sounds like a clunking sound when i put shift on drive and release brake moving slowing forward

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  •  Enthusiast

    Mechanic had seen a few of these before on chevy trucks. An intermediate shaft in the steering was replaced.

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  • Visitor, , 130,000 mi

    Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft

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  • Visitor, , 83,000 mi

    Upon right turning a popping sound and feel. Dragging on turns. Only happens on right turns. Occassional grabbing

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  •  Rookie

    About 2 months ago a loud moan/grinding sound from steering column when turning right (sometimes left) especially when you first crank and start out. Eventually, as truck warms up and goes the problem stops, but then the same thing happens next day...

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  • Visitor, , 73,000 mi

    i started getting a clunk sound with a loose feeling when I had about 60,000 miles on my 2005 Avalanche. Called GM and they wanted me to go to a dealer and pay to have it inspected. No thanks! So I went to an independent mechanic who said the problem was in the shaft and it could be fixed for $300.00. He said it can be driven. So far I have not done anything.

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  • Visitor, , 75,000 mi

    dealer replaced the upper intermediate steering shaft several times while under warranty. Also I think they lubricated it a few other times, that would reduce the clunk in the steering only for a few thousand miles, then it would be back. Chevy should have a recall for this defective design. When it gets bad enough I giuss I'll have to pay for the redesigned part. Leaves a real bad opinion of Chevy / GM.

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