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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....
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!!!!
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!
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.
http://gmcowners.com/gmc-forum/showthread.php?t=16293

http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/results.cfm?singlepart=1&partnumber=19153614
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.
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.