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Rattle

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by PITCH, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. PITCH

    PITCH Member
    from hamburg
    Messages: 86

    I Have Some Rattle When Driving. It Seems Like It Is In The Steering Column Or Dash. It Is Not The Steering Shaft, I Had That Replaced About A Month Ago. It Is Extremely Annoying. Anybody Have A Problem. It Is Like A Piece Of Plastic Molding Rubbing Somewhere.
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Check with the dealer,someone told me they something like that replaced.I think he said it was under warranty.Had something about a boot around the steering.
     
  3. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,634

    Is it only when the plow is on?
     
  4. PITCH

    PITCH Member
    from hamburg
    Messages: 86

    DOESN'T MATTER

    IT SEEMS LIKE IT IS IN THE PLASTIC CASING AROUND THE STEERING COLUMN.

    VERY ANNOYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. lehmand1

    lehmand1 Member
    Messages: 66

    Not sure if its the same as your truck but mine is a 2003 1500 and I have had a rattling only when the plow is on and I couldnt figure out what it was.

    A buddy of mine just bought an 04 1500 and his does it with out having a plow on. We got to looking and at the back corners of the hood, when its closed, (or right at the lower outside corners of the front windshield in the channel where the wipers are) there are two little rubber or plastic tabs that we can see whipping around. We cut them off of his truck and presto, no more rattling sound. I havent done it in my truck yet but I will if i notice the noise again this year.

    Mine only did it with the plow on, I think it has something to do with the airflow, because my buddys has a bugshield on it and I think it was acting like my plow and causing turbulance blowing over them tabs.
     
  6. Novadiecast

    Novadiecast Senior Member
    Messages: 194

    This might be a different problem but I had a rattle in the left front of my truck and the dealer said it was a problem with the step bars(Nerf). The bolt that they are mounted with was the problem. It was a Factory bolt but affected by the bars either factory or aftermarket. They said it was a common problem.
     
  7. PITCH

    PITCH Member
    from hamburg
    Messages: 86

    NO
    IT SOUNDS LIKE A LITTLE BABY RATTLE IS SOME WHERE IN MY DASH. YOU HEAR IT WITH ROAD VIBRATION. SHAKING THE TRUCK OR HITTING A BIG BUMP WON'T RE-PRODUCE THE RATTLE
     
  8. The mayor

    The mayor Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    Do you have a bug shield. Take it off and drive down the road. If the noise goes away it is molding around your window. My 2 chevys made a rattle noise almost like popcorn popping.
     
  9. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    PITCH, is it more pronounced if your in a slight turn with the wheel just a bit off center, or maybe at low speeds on a slightly rough road can you actually "feel" the rattle in the steering wheel?
     
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2007
  10. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,245

    I have a 2004 chevy 2500 hd and I have hear the same thing. the alignment is perfect and everything, I thought it was the steering column but it is solid. it just like a little clicking nose that i hear and vibration. dont know what it is.
     
  11. javaman70

    javaman70 Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Did you check the front end(ball joints, hub bearings , axles, etc...)? i had a rattle in the right front and it was the hub bearing going. OK just read again in the dash, did they put the plastic covers back on properly? If they are not snapped or screwed together properly it will rattle.
     
  12. RSheaLand

    RSheaLand Member
    Messages: 32

    I have the same noise in my NBS 2007 chevy. Drives me nuts. It sounds to me like two pieces of the dash rubbing together
     
  13. PITCH

    PITCH Member
    from hamburg
    Messages: 86

    B&B
    IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU ARE TURNING THE WHEEL. I'M STARTING TO THINK IT MAY BE COMING THROUGHT THE STEERING WHEEL, OR AT LEAST THE VIBRATION IS. I HAD THE PIECE OF THE STEERING SHAFT REPLACED ABOUT A MONTH AGO, UNDER WARANTEE. I'M WONDERING IF THE DEALER DIDN'T TIGHTEN SOMETHING, BU THEY TOLD ME IT WAS MORE OF AN EXTERNAL JOB. THE OTHER THING I HAD DONE TO IT WAS HAD THE PLOW CONTROLLER MOUNTED ON THE DASH BY THE HEADLIGHT SWITH. I'VE TRIED TO PUSH AND HOLD EVERY THING TIGHT TO MAKE IT STOP AND IT DOESN'T HELP. ANY MORE THOIUGHTS??????? SOME DAYS IT IS WORSE THAN OTHERS!!!
     
  14. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    The reason I asked if you could feel it more in the steering wheel as a "clunking" type rattle is because these trucks have a plastic bushing/bearing at the base of the steering column that have been a problem since "01.. and they'll give you a rattle or "clunking" feeling through the wheel, and you can feel it in the wheel too.... and changing to the updated intermediate steering shaft usually makes it worse if the clunking is actually coming from the lower bushing...
     
  15. rdaily104

    rdaily104 Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 35

    Not sure if it is the same thing or not. I have a rattle in my 05 Sierra that is coming from the slider control for the heat. I have not replaced it yet due to not knowing how. When I move the slider down just alittle it stops.
     
  16. PITCH

    PITCH Member
    from hamburg
    Messages: 86

    THIS IS PROBABLY IT. LIKE I SAID I HAD THE STEERING SHAFT UPDATED 3 WEEKS AGO. IT SEEMS LIKE THE SOUND IS GETTING WORSE. THE VIBRATION THROUGH THE WHEEL IS GONE, BUT THE RATTLE IS THERE. IT IS NOT A SAFETY ISSUE IS IT?????
     
  17. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    All I can offer is the rattles on my truck that I have found and fixed:

    One was when my guages were starting to go, the gears in the motors woudl rattle around like crazy.

    Next was the slight knock/bump that I hear constantly when there was the slightest frame flex. This was my front fenders not being bolted together tightly.

    Then there's the obvious hood flapper thingy's. They suck, period. Try velcro. This worked for me.

    Next was a few wires that had wiggled out of a loom and would rub under my dash - a few BZT's fixed them.

    Now I have a noisy blower motor. Whenever my heat is on Recirculate it flaps around, VERY annoying.

    Good luck.
     
  18. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    My truck has this rattle sometimes too, my guess it would be from the hood flappy things, lol. My fix, just turn the radio up a lil;) I have learned over the past few years that Chevy's and GMC's both make some kind of noise, even in perfect condition.
     
  19. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    If it's the bushing I'm speaking of, no it's not a safety issue..just an annoyance.

    You can check the bushing to see if it's what your hearing or feeling....

    Get under the dash and look at the very bottom of the column near the firewall. You'll see where the steering shaft comes out of the column and heads out through the firewall... right were the metal part of the column stops you will see a green or white plastic ring right at the end of the column tube...this is the bushing. The part you can see is only the end of it, the rest is inserted up into the column tube about 2-3 inches...

    Grab the steering shaft right between where it come out of the base of the column tube and where it goes out through the firewall.. try and wiggle it up and down... is the plastic bushing moving up and down IN THE COLUMN TUBE? That's usually where the rattle and vibration comes from...

    I think every 99-up GM truck I've ever driven had at least a little bit of clunk or rattle in the steering column.... it's this bushing that's loose in the column tube that causes 95% percent of them...
     
  20. PITCH

    PITCH Member
    from hamburg
    Messages: 86


    I WILL TRY THAT!!! TOOK IT TO THE DEALER YESTERDAY. THEY SPENT 2 HOURS ON IT. THEY ISOLATED WHERE THE NOISE IS COMMING FROM. IN THE SHAFT UP MORE TORWARD THE TOP BY THE STEERING WHEEL. THEY SAID IT IS NOT NEAR THE PART THEY REPLACED 3 WEEKS AGO. THEY USED SOME DEVICE WITH HEAD PHONES TO PIN POINT EXACTLY WHERE THE NOISE IS. THEY TIGHTENED THE SHAFT AND LUBED IT AGAIN, BUT THAT DIDN'T HELP AT ALL. THEY RAN OUT OF TIME YESTERDAY SO IT WILL BE NEXT WEEK. ANY OTHER IDEAS. I WILL TRY LOOKING AT THE PLASTIC BUSHING. IF IT IS THE BUSHING WHAT DO I DO??