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Steering Column question

Steering Noise

Postby ajp2124 [OP] » Jan 09 2011, 7:06pm

Hello everybody,

I have a question regarding steering column on my 2008 Silverado. My steering column makes a rubbing/farting noise when I turn my wheel to and return from its maximum rotations. Particurally, this happens when it's cold (mornings starting up to work), which is every day here in Michigan. I've had this problem for about a year, but has gotten much worse in recent months. I've also recently purchased some all-season tires about a month ago, which may be contributing to the problem. Any insight is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Steering Noise

Postby EKinMN » Jan 09 2011, 9:38pm

Hi, Alex,
Do you hear this problem as you are turning the wheel, or only when it is turned completely to the left or right? It's normal to hear a growl or groan when the wheel is turned completely.
You may also hear a groan if you are low on power steering fluid.
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Re: Steering Noise

Postby ajp2124 [OP] » Jan 09 2011, 10:42pm

I hear the problem when the wheel is turning, not when it has reached its maximum rotation. It sounds like something is rubbing within the column. The colder it is, the louder the noise.
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Re: Steering Noise

Postby steveyo » Jan 09 2011, 10:50pm

I've had this problem with all vehicles i've owned. 95 sonoma, 06 honda si, and now my 03 sierra. Its only when its really cold and mostly when im cutting back to straighting the wheel. i always figured it was just normal noise. i noticed u just hear alot more movement when the temp drops.... alot of things moving around. BUT if it is a serious problem itd be good to know about it too! :o
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Re: Steering Noise

Postby lzn197 » Jan 10 2011, 1:11pm

At the base of the steering column there is a seal that probably needs a little wd40.
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Re: Steering Noise

Postby ajp2124 [OP] » Jan 11 2011, 5:26am

Does anyone think that it's the intermeidate steering shaft? I know that GM has had some problems with these on past model trucks?
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Re: Steering Noise

Postby lzn197 » Jan 11 2011, 12:43pm

Yes those shafts were a problem but they usually just caused looseness not the rubbiing noise. Thanks for bringing it to our attention though
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Re: Steering Noise

Postby Mudduck » Jan 11 2011, 6:27pm

Mine does it, while turning only to the left. It makes the groaning noise and the wheel tightens up tremendously. I've checked the steering fluid and it's fine. Could it be an alignment issue?
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Re: Steering Noise

Postby lzn197 » Jan 11 2011, 7:22pm

Not if in normal driving it goes straight down the road and no abnormal tire wear. Sounds like a binding condition in the steering linkage or a power steering gear problem.
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Re: Steering Noise

Postby rudeboyelvis » Jan 12 2012, 2:58am

Hey All,

New to the forum but I'd like to add that I have this exact same issue with a 2008 Sierra 2WD and I live in Clearwater, FL so I don't think it is temp related. In fact I've experienced this in the summer here as well.

Only noticeable when going extremely slow ( pulling into a parking spot, or backing out of the driveway for instance) but definitely sounds like something is binding. I had the truck in when under warranty for a similar binding issue in the rear end (the seal where the driveshaft union is needed to be lubed).

Going to contact the dealer in the am and see if it is something as simple as a little lube or it requires a visit. The Service manager is pretty helpful and will usually offer some advice to save a trip in.
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