Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft on Chevrolet Avalanche 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: 91,422 (1,000–202,227)
5 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006
62 people reported this problem
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Steering shaft making a clunking sound. Have not gotten it fixed yet would like more information if anyone can help.
Upon right turning a popping sound and feel. Dragging on turns. Only happens on right turns. Occassional grabbing
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...
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.
Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft
The shaft started clunking at about 100,000 miles, but worsened recently. I replaced in with a part from Amazon that the manufacturer indicated was redesigned to cure the clunking problem. The extension rod on the new shaft was about double the thickness with a keyed rectangular shaft to stop rotation. The original was a much smaller round shaft. Replacement took about an hour, but half of that was wrestling the old shaft off a lightly corroded lower shaft. Total cost was about $60. Well worth it to improve steering feel and get rid of the clunking.
sounds like a clunking sound when i put shift on drive and release brake moving slowing forward
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.
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.
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.
Mechanic had seen a few of these before on chevy trucks. An intermediate shaft in the steering was replaced.
My 2003 Avalanche just started doing this the other day. To help get a recall go to http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners (if enough people complain GM will have to do the recall even if you don't have a warranty)
clunking noise started around 75,000 miles, I now have 325,000 miles and it still clunks. Best truck ever!
chuckling noise in upper steering column
rattle / clunk on bumpy roads
its a noise when it bumps or when give a turn
did not notice at first, got worse as time goes by, have checked all underneth mech parts, all looks good, clunking less right after grease job, IF steering colume is greased
Clunking noise in steering column when starting out. Goes away while driving but same occurrence each day
Clunk sound when turning left or right, louder in the mornings, at nights, it's faint, any ideas?
heard clunking sound and could feel it on steering wheel, went to local chevy dealer and service manager acknowleged that it was common with this model, however my warranty had expired. i told him that this was the last gm vehicle i would own, too many other trucks out there that to look at, nissan, toyota,ford, and dodge. he agreed to install new parts,and for 25k miles it was ok. but now the noise and vibration is back.
its hard for me to understand how gm, after mfg. autos and trucks for decades can't design a steering column that performs well. my 2003 pontiac montana needed a new intake manifod gasket (leaking coolant) at 60,000mi., a $1500 fix ,also a common problem with this model. think i'll take a look at those imports from japan!