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Jun 02, 2002 (12:39 pm)
Steering - Underhood Clunk Noise
File In Section: 02 Steering
Bulletin No.: 00-02-35-003A
Date: December, 2001
Clunking Noise Under Hood and can be felt in the Steering Wheel
(Lubricate Intermediate Steering Shaft Assembly)
1999-2002 Chevrolet and GMC C/K Pickup Models (Silverado and Sierra)
2000-2002 Chevrolet and GMC C/K Utility Models
(Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, Yukon XL) With Recirculating Ball-Type Steering
This bulletin is being revised to add model years and include a new service procedure. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 00-02-35-003 (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.
Important: 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.
1. Set the front wheels in the straight-ahead position.
2. Set the steering wheel in the LOCK position.
3. From inside the vehicle, remove the upper bolt from the upper intermediate steering shaft (1) to the steering column connection.
4. From under the hood, remove the lower bolt that connects the upper intermediate shaft to the steering gear coupling shaft.
5. 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.
6. Remove the spacer clip from the end of the intermediate shaft with a pair of needle nose pliers.
7. Fully extend the shaft by pulling the two shafts apart.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Remove the plug from the shaft and fully extend the shaft.
12. Inspect the shaft for a minimum of 13 mm (1/2 in) of grease on the shaft splines.
13. Repeat steps 10-12 if less than 13 mm (1/2 in) of grease is on shaft splines.
14. Clean the excess grease off of the shaft splines and around the shaft opening.
15. Carefully spread apart the spacer clip with a pair of pliers.
16. Reinstall the spacer clip into the open end of the shaft.
17. Align the spacer clip with the stakes in the shaft.
18. Reinstall the upper intermediate steering shaft through the dash boot seal and slide the lower end into the steering gear coupling shaft.
19. Raise the upper end of the intermediate steering shaft and install into the steering column shaft.
20. Install the upper bolt and nut.
Tighten the bolt to 47 Nm (35 lb ft).
21. Install the lower bolt and nut.
Tighten the bolt to 50 Nm (37 lb ft).
Parts are expected to be available 12-17-2001 from GMSPO.
#2529 of 6469 THANKS OBYONE
Jun 02, 2002 (2:01 pm)
I WILL CALL MY DEALER TOMORROW TO GET THIS PROBLEM FIXED
#2530 of 6469 We meet again.......Obyone
Jun 02, 2002 (8:27 pm)
I think the last time we spoke was sometime in Jan of 2001. "Whiners" Well...I just purchased a 2002 Tahoe Z71. I didn't think that I would ever buy a GM product again but here I am. I wanted to check this forum to see if any of the old folk were still here. Do you know what happened to the other forum (cwmartins)? Anyway, just thought I would say hello!
Jun 03, 2002 (6:35 am)
congrats on the new truck. I guess some of us are still around though not as active. I had a link to cw's site but I think it was on my old computer. Some of them drop by from time to time, hopefully one of them will post a link.
No problem...glad I could be of help.
Jun 03, 2002 (8:12 am)
Dardson1 and fortop - I think you may have mentioned the bench seats several months ago - but I wanted to revisit the issue. I bought my 2002 Tahoe LS with the bench seats in January and have been somewhat disappointed in the seats. My primary problem is with the fabric. The bottom seat cushion has so much excess fabric and such a bad fit that it causes the fabric to fold up toward the back of the seat cushion. All the Tahoes that I test drove (that had bench seats) had this same problem. Do your vehicles also have this problem? Also, even though I am 6'1", I still wish the electric seat would adjust to a higher seating position.
Has anyone else had these same problems? Does anyone have bench seats that have perfectly sewn and fitted fabric? Would it be unreasonable to take this problem to the dealer?
#2533 of 6469 Folding mirrors
Jun 03, 2002 (8:18 am)
In order to get my new Tahoe into my garage, I have to fold down both mirrors. Although I don't drive the Tahoe every day, it does get driven probably two times per week. Consequently, the mirrors are getting folded up and down at least 4 times per week. Does anyone have any experience with the folding mirrors? I would like to know if folding and unfolding the mirrors multiple times every week is going to wear out the mechanism and cause me to have to buy new mirrors (I'll bet those suckers aren't cheap!!) Thanks!!
#2534 of 6469 96 tahoe special
Jun 03, 2002 (1:44 pm)
I'M CONSIDERING PURCHASING A 96 TAHOE LT WITH SOME SPAECIAL OPTIONS AND
OR EQUIPMENT ON IT.
THIS THING HAS 4 WHEEL DISC BRAKES, JDP CHROME HEADER EXHAUST, A POWER
MOON ROOF, FULL LENGTH FIBERGLASS RUNNING BOARDS, COLOR KEYED
BUG DEFLECTOR,WINDOW VENT VISORS AND AIR SPOLIER BEHIND THE ROOF RACK.
ALSO HAS EDLEBROCK SHOCKS, AND A LOT OF PLASTIC WOOD TRIM ON DASH,
STEERING WHEEL AND DOOR PANELS. THE ONLY LOGOS ANYWHERE ARE THE
CHEVY BOWTIE WITH THE "CADILLAC GOLD LEAF" DESIGN AROUND THEM ON
DASH AND OUTSIDE B PILLARS. VIN # CHECKS OUT AS A CHEVY TAHOE LT.
THIS IS SOME KIND OF PROFESSIONALLY DONE PACKAGE.
ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THIS IS ETC.
#2535 of 6469 ianshaw - only about 350 miles driven, but so far my
Jun 03, 2002 (4:47 pm)
seat fabric is not all up in a bunch yet. How about you dardson1?
I wouldn't want the seat to go any higher, or I would need a sunroof to stick my head out.
My Yukon leather full function seats did wrinkle awful fast, and the panels were coming apart at the seams - so I like my Tahoe seats better.
I would like to have tilt back for the bottom seat cushion, but I can live without it.
You might want to consider an aftermarket seat cover if the appearance bothers you.
I am looking into Marathon Seat Covers which look like they can match factory fabric custom made to your seat - just got off the phone with one of their folks. I'm trying to pin down the exact style because they have a no return policy and they aren't cheap.
#2536 of 6469 Running Board Removal from 96
Jun 04, 2002 (9:29 am)
I don't think you should have any problem removing the running boards. All of the hardware is hooked up to the back side of the rocker panel and the bottom of the floorpan for the truck. There should be no holes left in the body once the factory boards are removed.
#2537 of 6469 Need some pricing advice !!!
Jun 04, 2002 (1:36 pm)
I have found a 2001 Tahoe LT with the following: Leather, All power, dual A/C, rear A/C controls, tow package, OnStar, CD/radio/tape, heated seats, etc. The only thing it does not have is the third row seat and a moonroof of any kind. The vehicle has 9,000 miles and is like new. The dealer is standing firm on $32,900.
Should I look elsewhere or is this a good price ???