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Username Post: 2005 steering column        (Topic#365817)
gkralik3645 
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07-16-21 06:48 AM - Post#2823308    

On my 05 Silverado, the steering column makes quite a racket when I hit any bit of rough street. This truck is otherwise almost in like new condition even though it has 130,000 miles. It's a four door 5.3 automatic C1500 with no rust pickup.
Is the steering column rattle anything that can be fixed by me or does it need to go to the dealer?

Thanks for any help.

George




 
rcr3 
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07-16-21 06:58 AM - Post#2823310    
    In response to gkralik3645

Probably the intermediate steering shaft.We sold hundreds of them before I retired from Chevy parts dept.
At one time there was a kit to force grease into the shaft,but it was a temporary fix.

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07-16-21 08:13 AM - Post#2823312    
    In response to rcr3

Yep! If it feels like the wheel is clunking in your hands, it is a very common issue, as mentioned the intermediate steering shaft. There is also a plastic bearing insert that goes into the lower end of the column tube that is inexpensive and should be replaced at the same time. I haven't torn the column down but it appears it's a collar of sorts that goes through a ring of ball bearings; some seem to want to replace those ball bearings but replacing that plastic collar is all I did.

Stick with the GM parts as I've read enough people trying the Dorman piece and it not solving the issue. Do bear in mind this shaft has been revised numerous times as it seems GM had a hard time getting it right. Mine has around 60K on the replacement and it's still fine. Have to do my wife's truck as it's been clunking for quite a while. She doesn't seem to notice it, but when I drive her truck even just to move it in the garage for an oil change, I notice.

#1 rule for doing this job is to strap the steering wheel in place before disconnecting the shaft, so that it doesn't turn freely while the shaft is loose. If the steering wheel turns you can damage the clockspring which will cause you to lose airbag, horn, and steering wheel button functions if equipped.

Richard

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gkralik3645 
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07-17-21 04:56 AM - Post#2823362    
    In response to someotherguy

Thank you to both of you guys. Guess I will see if I can get the parts and look real close at the column.

George




 
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