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GMC Yukon XL, SUV
Jan 06, 2004 (12:05 pm)
here is the text of the TSB for lubricating the Intermediate Steering Column. The TSB number got lost somehow. Local Chevy/GMC shop should be able to find it.
Clunking Noise Under Hood and can be felt in the Steering Wheel (Lubricate Intermediate Steering Shaft Assembly)
2002-2004 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade EXT
2003-2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV
1999-2004 Chevrolet Silverado
2000-2004 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe
2002-2004 Chevrolet Avalanche
1999-2004 GMC Sierra
2000-2004 GMC Yukon, Yukon XL
2003-2004 HUMMER H2
With Recirculating Ball-Type Steering
This bulletin is being revised to add additional procedures and time for vehicles equipped with adjustable foot pedals and to add additional models and years. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 00-02-35-003B (Section 02 -- Steering).
Some customers may comment on a clunk-type noise coming from under the hood that also can be felt in the steering wheel. These conditions may be more noticeable when turning at low speeds on rough road surfaces.
DO NOT REPLACE THE FOLLOWING INTERMEDIATE STEERING SHAFT P/Ns:
Remove the intermediate shaft from the vehicle and lubricate the intermediate shaft with a Steering Column Intermediate Shaft Lubrication Kit, P/N 26098419. Follow the service procedure below.
Set the front wheels in the straight-ahead position.
Set the steering wheel in the LOCK position.
Install the J 42640 in the steering column lower access hole.
For vehicles equipped with adjustable foot pedals, do the following steps.
Reposition the carpet away from the accelerator pedal position (APP) sensor.
Remove the two nuts retaining the accelerator pedal to the bulkhead.
Reposition the accelerator pedal out of the way so that the intermediate shaft can be removed.
From inside the vehicle, remove the upper bolt from the upper intermediate steering shaft (1) to the steering column connection.
From under the hood, remove the lower bolt that connects the upper intermediate shaft to the steering gear coupling shaft.
Remove the upper intermediate steering shaft assembly.
From inside the vehicle, slide the shaft down and off the steering column shaft.
From under the hood, slide the shaft towards the dash in order to disengage the shaft from the steering gear coupling shaft.
From inside the vehicle, slide the upper intermediate shaft through the dash boot seal and remove the shaft from the vehicle.
Remove the spacer clip from the end of the intermediate shaft with a pair of needle nose pliers.
Fully extend the shaft by pulling the two shafts apart.
Apply the syringe of grease supplied in the Steering Column Intermediate Shaft Lubrication Kit, P/N 26098419, into the open end of the shaft. Direct the syringe tip as deep as possible into the shaft and dispense the full content of the syringe.
Insert the plug supplied in the Steering Column Intermediate Shaft Lubrication Kit into the open end of the shaft and finger tighten the wing nut.
Place the plugged end of the shaft on a hard surface and apply pressure to collapse the shaft and dissipate the grease through the shaft.
Remove the plug from the shaft and fully extend the shaft.
Inspect the shaft for a minimum of 13 mm (1/2 in) of grease on the shaft splines.
Repeat steps 11-14 if less than 13 mm (1/2 in) of grease is on shaft splines.
Clean the excess grease off of the shaft splines and around the shaft opening.
Carefully spread apart the spacer clip with a pair of pliers.
Reinstall the spacer clip into the open end of the shaft.
Align the spacer clip with the stakes in the shaft.
Reinstall the upper intermediate steering shaft through the dash boot seal and slide the lower end into the steering gear coupling shaft.
Raise the upper end of the intermediate steering shaft and install into the steering column shaft.
Install the upper bolt and nut. Tighten
Tighten the bolt to 47 N·m(35 lb ft).
Install the lower bolt and nut. Tighten
Tighten the bolt to 50 N·m(37 lb ft).
For vehicles equipped with adjustable foot pedals, do the following steps.
Reposition the accelerator pedals into position on the bulkhead.
Install the two retaining nuts. Tighten
Tighten the nuts to 20 N·m (15 lb ft).
Reposition the carpet back into place.
Lubrication Kit, Steering Column Intermediate Shaft
Parts are currently available from GMSPO.
#3371 of 4104 haw248 & Stabilitrak
Jan 07, 2004 (10:54 am)
I agree with aa555zzz. Stabilitrak might not have made a difference. If it is really really slippery stuff nothing would help - other than attitude control thrusters! But there is a chance the spin could have been prevented, depending on how slippery it was.
I disagree that running in 4WD-HI wouldn't have helped. In 2WD, even small movements of the accelerator pedal can send the back end out, but in 4WD-HI (unlike AUTO-4WD) the torque is continously balanced between the front and back axles and reduces this tendency.
Around here in Virginia we get lots of black ice and compressed snow that is as slippery as anything anywhere. Studded tires are about the only solution!
So far, we are surviving just fine in the snow with the stock Firestone Wilderness LEs, even though they have a street-tire tread. But I haven't been out in more than 6 inches of snow yet!
I have noticed that 4WD-HI is noticeably better than AUTO-4WD in the snow.
#3372 of 4104 RE: to tdoh on middle row bucket seats
Jan 07, 2004 (11:12 am)
Are you saying that you can get heated seats in the middle row buckets on the Denali? They are not available on the Suburban.
#3373 of 4104 glsable re: heated buckets
Jan 07, 2004 (12:27 pm)
Yes--at least on the '04 Denalis (and I assume the last few previous model year Denalis, too), the second-row captain's chairs are heated...albeit just the seat bottoms--seatbacks aren't heated like the driver and front passenger bucket seats.
#3374 of 4104 No glovebox light on the '04 models?
Jan 07, 2004 (12:35 pm)
Sorry if this has been addressed previously--I don't know about the other '04 GM full-sized SUV models, but GM in their infinite wisdom decided to remove the glovebox light on the '04 Denali/DXL. The following question is more or less rhetorical, but why the heck did GM do this?
And on a related note--the idiot light next to the headlamp switch that indicates whether or not the auto-headlight-on/DRL is enabled apparently isn't offered on the '04 Denali/DXL, either...is this also true on the rest of GM's '04 full-sized SUV line?
#3375 of 4104 NEED A LAWER!
Jan 07, 2004 (5:34 pm)
Anyone know a good lawyer to sue GM for not fixing my Yukon? Better business is a farce! I listed 17 things wrong & they sent over their own mechanic to look at my truck & he could not find ONE thing wrong! BULL!!! GM is not concerned with it's unsuspecting customers.
If you have a problem with your engine knocking call GM & complain & insist on an extended warranty. Also, as worthless as it is, file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Auto manufacturers are rated on how many complaints they receive. The more we complain the more pressure we put on them to build better cars & fix those that are already sold.
If something seems like a safety concern file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that's how recalls get started.
Jan 07, 2004 (8:09 pm)
terryasullivan, I thank you very much for your help. laklein 2003 suburban ls
#3377 of 4104 Denali XL or 2500 w/ Quadrasteer
Jan 08, 2004 (7:12 pm)
I'm waffling like crazy here and need to make a decision. I'm looking at either getting a Denali XL or a 2500 w/ Quadrasteer.
The only reason I would get the 2500 is because of quadrasteer. I drove one and was very impressed by the advantage - it seems like the type of thing you would appreciate every day. I also tow a boat and figure it would help there.
Though, I'm not thrilled by the stiffer feel of the 2500. At the price I'm looking at, I could get a Denali XL w/ bigger engine & less weight and more luxury.
Has anyone else had to weigh this decision? I'd appreciate your feedback.
#3378 of 4104 Denali vs 2500
Jan 08, 2004 (9:58 pm)
The 2500 should have the same Engine as the Denali or a larger one. The ratios in the transmission are different so the power could feel different. One option is a different axle ratio or the 8.1 engine to give the 2500 more power. Autoride on the 2500 might improve the ride somewhat. In addition, swapping the tires to Denali type tires could help as well (this will reduce the load carrying capacity).
I have never drive quadrasteer. How much is the option now? I think GM missed the boat not putting it on the 1500 series SUVs. But the reason is that the design has to be different for a coil spring rear end than it does for a leaf spring rear end. So, it is available on vehicles with leaf rear springs, but not coil rear springs.
#3379 of 4104 hello GUYS I need some help
Jan 08, 2004 (11:46 pm)
do you know how they measure cargo capacity in Suburban ? they say it has 132 cu ft. I noticed that the minivans have a reported 144 to 158 cu ft with the 2nd and 3rd row folded up. is my suburban smaller than the minivans, or is the lower figure just the result of measuring without removing the 3rd row ???, or without removing the 2nd row?// Help appreciated. I have a 1999 Suburban, and I still think it has more cargo capacity than a Toyota Sienna or Previa, or any other minivan.....help..