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Recall 96V004000

Steering Shaft Fasteners Loosen

Recall Details

The upper intermediate steering shaft may loosen and separate from the lower steering column shaft joint, resulting in a loss of proper steering control. Dealers will torque the suspect loose fasteners to the proper specifications free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The fasteners that secure the upper intermediate steering shaft to the lower steering column shaft joint could loosen and fall out, resulting in loss of proper steering operation.

What Should You Do?

Recalls on your General Motors truck must be performed by a General Motors dealership. General Motors began notifying known owners of affected vehicles when the recall was announced, in January 1996. If you did not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local General Motors dealers below. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Suspension & Steering, January 2, 1996

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
January 2, 1996
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
3,047
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
96V004000
Component
STEERING
Summary
THE STEERING COLUMN UPPER INTERMEDIATE-SHAFT NUT MAY NOT BE TORQUED TO PROPER SPECIFICATIONS. THE NUT COULD LOOSEN AND DETACH ALLOWING THE THROUGH-BOLT THAT SECURES THE UPPER INTERMEDIATE-SHAFT TO THE LOWER STEERING COLUMN SHAFT JOINT TO FALL OUT.
Consequence
THIS LOOSE ENGAGEMENT CAN PROVIDE NOTICEABLE NOISE AND ABNORMAL STEERING FEELING TO THE DRIVER AND, IF LEFT UNATTENDED, THE STEERING SHAFTS CAN SEPARATE RESULTING IN A LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL TORQUE THE SUSPECT FASTENERS TO THE PROPER SPECIFICATIONS.
Notify
SYSTEM: STEERING; COLUMN SHAFT UPPER. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: LIGHT DUTY PICKUP TRUCKS. NOTE: OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME, SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-222-1020 OR GMC AT 1-800-462-8782. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-800-424-9393.
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