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Steering issues

Postby de1089 [OP] » Oct 10 2019, 1:56am

I have a 2015 Silverado 2500 that has a weird steering issue. Ever since I bought it in march, it has pulled to the right and the steering wheel has about an inch of slop in either direction. I also have to help it return to center when coming out of a turn. The dealership has done multiple alignments. Most recently they had the truck for 3 weeks to do adjustments on the adjustment screw on the gear box. It helped a little but it still doesn’t feel right. The dealership is pretty much out of ideas and not really willing to do much more. Does anybody have any other ideas?
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Re: Steering issues

Postby 19trax95 » Oct 10 2019, 2:00am

If you have that much slop then something is worn out. Either the gearbox or something else in the line. Have someone wiggle the wheel while you look under the truck and see what moves and what lags behind.

If you see the steering shaft moving but the pitman arm doesn't correlate to that movement your box is shot.

Return to center can also be a caster issue. But if they did alignments then that should be good. But then again if they cant diag a simple steering system then I'm not sure I'd trust them to get an alignment right.
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Re: Steering issues

Postby de1089 [OP] » Oct 10 2019, 2:14am

I will try that. I’ve looked under there before and everything seemed pretty solid.

I have also had an alignment done by my local mechanic whom I trust. He said it was pretty spot on.
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Postby 19trax95 » Oct 10 2019, 2:21am

Neither shop could find the play?
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Re: Steering issues

Postby de1089 [OP] » Oct 10 2019, 2:24am

The dealership hasn’t found it. I haven’t taken it to my mechanic in a while since the truck is still under warranty.
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Postby 19trax95 » Oct 10 2019, 2:28am

Its still under warranty? If it really is then drop it off at the dealer and tell them you want it fixed. Document everything you've done and they've done.

If all else fails contact GM and have them light a fire under the dealer to fix it.

The steering systems on these trucks are really simple. There is only so many things that can cause your issues.
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Re: Steering issues

Postby de1089 [OP] » Oct 10 2019, 2:39am

Yup I only have 28k miles on it and I also bought a good extended warranty. I plan on taking it in on my next day off and apply a little pressure.
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Postby Walkers » Oct 10 2019, 1:49pm

Sounds like the gear is pooched. Only time I have ever seen anyone adjust a steering gear was when it was worn out and they didnt want to have to rebuild it.
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Postby Zrock » Oct 10 2019, 2:47pm

what does it have for tires? low tires or a really crappy tire will give you the same effect.. not sure about the chec/gm trucks but i have found in the newer fords their is 0 feedback from the steering. The steering is so light that you dont realize you are moving the wheel. I just about smashed up the bosses new echo boost the tuck was so light and no feedback from the steering it caught a rut in the road and when squirly on me. i did not like the feeling of the steering and told him to drive it
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Re: Steering issues

Postby OilFracker » Oct 10 2019, 3:01pm

I have 190k miles on my '14 1500 with electric power steering. It is still tight as a fiddle string and works great.

Something is most def wrong with yours.

New steering rack and pinions are not available or sold out. It is likely that yours may need to be sent somewhere to be rebuilt and that may take longer than a week from start to finish.

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