Last post on Jan 16, 2003 at 6:37 AM
You are in the Pickups - Archived Discussions
What is this discussion about?
Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Steering, Truck
Dec 20, 2002 (6:03 pm)
You have something that broke or came loose in your steering linkage. Have someone start the engine and rotate the steering wheel back and forth so the top moves between 10:00 o'clock and 2:00 o'clock (about a third of a turn). leave the truck in Park, and brake applied. watch the front wheels to see if both turn the same amount. If not * HAVE THE TRUCK TOWED * to the dealer.
It sounds to me as if your idler arm broke or came loose from the frame. The truck cannot be safely driven if that is the case.
Dec 24, 2002 (11:35 am)
Made several phone calls, a small town Chev dealer said they would take it on Dec 31. I explained the other dealer response, their response was their not affiliated with the big guys like Tate, etc. Is there a parts brand or gauge I should request as a replacement since what the factory put on the truck obviously can't handle normal use? Thank you for the response. I will post the outcome of the fix. Now off to the manual to figure how to stop the lights from automatically coming on when I start the truck so the neighbors don't get their windows beamed in the morning. Sincerest thank you for the response.
#4 of 7 Cindy
Dec 29, 2002 (10:58 am)
Your still under factory warranty, get it to the dealers NOW, this is a dangerous condition and needs immediate attention before you kill yourself or worse yet someone else.
Jan 10, 2003 (9:47 pm)
I am having the same sort of problem with my truck also ( 2002 Z71 ). It has what I can only describe as a "thump" in the steering on turns, never while going straight. I notice it most on exit and on ramps when I am either breaking while turning or accelerating on a turn. Never have I had a loss of steering, it just feels like the steering is not as responsive. Almost as if the wheels are out of balance, but only while turning. Have mentioned it to the dealer twice when it was in for other minor problems. They claim they can not replicate the problem and that is how a 4wd rides. I have owned 2 other 4wd and none has done this. Please tell me what the dealer has said about you truck and what was done to fix the problem.
#6 of 7 Steering loss fixed
Jan 15, 2003 (12:18 pm)
Found a dealer that fixed it, simple fix. Removed lower intermediate shaft cleaned and lubricated with lubricant 8.800. Bulletin 545. Typically problem with Vin's starting with '2' (Canada). So far two weeks after fix and all is well. Fix seemed too simple for the degree of symptoms of the problem, had my doubts but now it is sure footed and doesn't seem like an accident waiting to happen.