October 1, 2006OK, I was just wonderig if its a common problems for GM Trucks to have the clunking noise when you hit a bump or going on a rough road. at low speed. I have experience it on my 3 GM SUVS so Far. I had my 03 Tahoe brandnew and when I hit around 55k Miles I started hearing the problem. It a clunking noise coming from between the steering and LF suspension. I tooked it in and they said the shaft or intermediate shaft needs to be lube. Problem went away. At around 30K it happened again, again they lube the shaft. I end uo trading it in for a 05 Yukon XL. I then noticed the problem after putting on 13K miles on it. Took it to GM dealer and they told me they lube the shaft and intermediate shaft. Last night I was driving the Esky and I noticed the same problem. I will be taking it to Dealer this week and see what they say.
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October 1, 2006The intermediate shaft problem was "solved" in '04. The correct fix involves a new shaft, not lubrication. The number of TSB's on this specific problem is staggering.
If they do replace your intermediate steering shaft, make sure they use the correct one. There is a difference on the Denali/Escalade ones vs. the other 1500 series models.
That said, what you're describing doesn't sound like an intermediate shaft issue to me. I'd have them inspect the Pitman and idler arms while you have the truck in the shop. GM is notorious for cheaping out on these parts.
October 15, 2006well took my esky to the dealer and told them about the problem. They called me two hours later and they found out that the Intermediate Steering Shaft needs to be lube. The noise is gone now, but how can I prevent it in the future. My service advisor said that GM design it poorly and they should redesing it.
I found this site for future reference
October 16, 2006The noise will be back, and your service advisor needs to do his homework. The correct fix is replacement of the shaft, not lubrication....which "solves" the problem for a month or two. Ask your guy to read up on his TSB's - all the information he needs is in there. Good luck!
October 16, 2006I may have a similar issue. My Yukon was not All wheel drive and I never noticed this issue. But on the Escalade it seems the driveline has a momentary lag and then catches up at lower speeds.
Is this what you guys are talking about?
October 16, 2006Nope - the steering issue applies to all 1500-series trucks, from '99 to certain '04's, exclusive of drive layout or engine.
October 25, 2006I called the dealership again and talked to my service advisor and told him I want my shaft replaced with the new version. He wasnt there so I left a message. He called back and left me a message. He said that the new shaft came out on March or April of 2005 and my vehicle was built on 01/05. He told me there is no difference since the new shaft also went out within a couple of miles. He will only replace it if its a safety isssue. Should take it to another dealership? One more thing, they replaced my Navi early sept. but they forgot to take out my disc from the old one. I called them and they said it will take up to 8 weeks to locate it.. What can I do?
October 31, 2006Re: forgot nav disc--that's really lame of them; they should just give you another one rather than make you wait while they "look" for the one they forgot to remove from your old nav. I mean, what good is the nav w/o the disc? Clearly, customer satisfaction isn't one of their more important goals...