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How to fix the "steering clunk"

How to fix the "steering clunk"

Postby vader33 [OP] » Jul 22 2012, 2:42am

Okay, so after several positive reviews and a suggestion to make this a how-to, here's my roughly 3 minute video on how to fix the steering clunk often found in 03-06 GM trucks. As far as I know, this should work in all GM trucks and SUV's from 2003-2006, but I bet it will work on newer as well as older rigs. This fix should last about 10k miles, so I'd recommend doing it every 2nd or 3rd oil change (you've already got the hood up as it is). PM me if you have any questions.

http://youtu.be/BFi6asV2K_A
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Re: How to fix the "steering clunk"

Postby Machster69 » Jul 22 2012, 2:48am

Outstanding!
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Re: How to fix the "steering clunk"

Postby SilveradoMark » Jul 22 2012, 3:43am

Great video.

Although, I lol'd hard @ "35-40 ins and outs. "
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How to fix the "steering clunk"

Postby Machster69 » Jul 22 2012, 8:26am

Uh yeh, and many other will too...
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Re: How to fix the "steering clunk"

Postby TJHOULE14 » Jul 23 2012, 10:29pm

great step video but i had a problem.. i unbolted everything the still the "shaft" wouldn't move. i tried a lot of different things to loosen it to even move slightly but nothing did the job. I'm not really sure what to do about it now.. any tips?
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Re: How to fix the "steering clunk"

Postby TxLTZz71 » Sep 17 2012, 9:16pm

Oh there is hope!!! I have this issue! Will try it on my 07 NNBS this eve... How do you secure the steering wheel??
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Postby Machster69 » Sep 17 2012, 9:17pm

Rope! Or the club! Anyway to stop it from spinning...
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Re: How to fix the "steering clunk"

Postby TxLTZz71 » Sep 17 2012, 9:40pm

I have read up on this a few times but have thought mine was more suspension related. And it may be as this did not correct the clunk I get. I feel mine more under my left foot, not really in steering wheel... Easy fix for the related issue tho! :D
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Re: How to fix the "steering clunk"

Postby lubelizard » Nov 23 2012, 5:50am

I recently changed the intermediate shaft. While doing so, I also replaced the plastic caged bearing assembly that sits at the base of the steering column. It's just pressed on and can be removed by hand. I found the original unit with 140k on it allowed a little wobble in the steering column. The part was about $30. Replacing both parts has returned the steering feel and response back to near new condition. Now to get the darn inner tie rods off...

The original shaft had slight play in it, but the plastic caged bearing definitely had far more play in it. Next time you guys want to examine the source of the steering clunk, check that plastic bearing assembly on the end of the column.
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Re: How to fix the "steering clunk"

Postby SilveradoGuru » Feb 20 2013, 3:17pm

I too have been dealing with this dang clunking noise for a while.. that is, until I replaced the ENTIRE steering shaft.

Borg-Warner actually makes a specific steering-shaft that was specifically made to replace the stock/factory units that are responsible for the clunking noise when turning the steering wheel to the left or right while making turns.

I had a local shop, that I trust with my vehicle do mine. That was about 20k miles ago and it indeed took away the clunk noise while turning to the left or right.. however, now I've got a clunk in the same exact area that only happens while just driving in general. I no longer have the clunking noise while turning right or left.. but while going straight down the road, any bumps that I go over.. even very small ones.. when I go over them, there's a medium sounding noise coming from deep within the steering wheel column.

I never have been able to understand the deal with Chevy and their engineering whenever it comes to the steering shafts. I don't like the way their made nor do I care how they feel (steering response/firmness) and so on.

But yeah, I was so happy that I FINALLY got the 'turning right/left steering-shaft clunk noise' fixed.. but now, I've got a new clunk/rattle noise coming from deep within the steering column. It sounds like its coming from fairly deep within the column somewhere. I guess the only thing I can do is call the shop that replaced the steering shaft and ask them if they would charge me to diagnose/check it out, just to see if its related to the shaft that they installed.. which came with a lifetime warranty.. and that warranty includes their work as well. If its not related.. well, then I guess I'll have to dump even MORE money into the steering system.

Chevrolet really needs to get someone who knows what the hell (excuse my language, but this is getting old!) their doing whenever it comes to engineering a good/quality/reliable/dependable steering system.. because whoever came up with the current one, is IMO, politely put, brain dead!


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