Suburban 1500

Steering May Develop Clunk Noise From Upper Intermediate Steering Shaft on Chevrolet Suburban 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: 111,119 (20,000–345,000)
10 model years affected: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
51 people reported this problem
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Clunking when turning at low speed & unlevel surface (driveway)
Steering makes a clunking sound during turns. Some squeaking as well.
clunking noise and a definite feeling of excessive movement in the steering wheel when turning at a slower speed. A continuous correction of my 2005 suburban tracking over the road tat is the wandering that takes place depending on the crowning of the road surface. This vehicle has new tires,new front end alignment,and correct tire pressure.
Lots of play in steering
It makes the popping sound and when I am driving the steering wheel has some "play"
Clunking noise from front end developed. Noticed at slow speeds going over small bumps or changes in road levels. No steering wheel movement/vibration noticed at time of clunk sound.
clunk low speed turns and a scrapeing type sound from steering wheel
Intermittent clunking noise from steering column when driving on rough roads.
haven't fixed yet
Steering wheel is hard to turn and makes a noise
Yup... I have the clunk.
clunking type noise coming from the front end on straight roadway
Steering wheel is very loose
Bought used with 55 thousand miles done it for as long as I have been driving it
Clunking noise when turning. At slow speeds. Had replaced the knuckle part of the steering shaft to the box.
pittman arm and steering box rebuilt replaced due to that "chunking" sound
steering shaft replaced. cost me abt $150 to fix
ABS light flashed. breaks had gone out and ball bolt had come off causing clunk noise, problems steering and difficulty with the car moving forward.
Been living with this problem for 7 years. Dealer fixed it once (at 33,000 miles) but came right back with a few months. Now have 160,000 miles on Suburban and problem remains the same, no worse than when it started 2nd time.
Steering develop a clunk when turning. Dealer repaired, replaced part of shaft. Warranty