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
53 people reported this problem
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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.
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.
2005 Suburban
Clunking noise when turning, loose steering. I parallel parked just the other day (2017) heard a loud pop and lost all tension in the steering wheel, it spun completely around without moving the wheels. It's been towed to the garage and the pitman arm has snapped in half. Looking back through my paperwork of garage visits the pitman arm was replaced in 2009 and I've had various steering work done in 2011, and 2013 all for the same clunking sound and loose steering. I'm so disappointed in this car. Notice I've only mentioned the steering...there is a laundry list of repairs through the years.
Clunking noise when turning. At slow speeds. Had replaced the knuckle part of the steering shaft to the box.
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.