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steering clunk

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by wirenut, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. wirenut

    wirenut Senior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 512

    does anyone know of a perminate fix for our well known steering wheel clunk ?
    i know gm has a updated shaft but from what i read it does not fix it...

    thnx
     
  2. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    I had mine replaced when I had my truck aligned at a front end shop I trust. They said the sound wouldn't hurt anything but I decided to go ahead and replace. I think they did use GM replacement part. It solved the clunk on my '03 2500HD crew dmax.
     
  3. dlstelma

    dlstelma Member
    from GR, MI
    Messages: 78

  4. wirenut

    wirenut Senior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 512

    read all them before, i don't think
    any are a perm fix.
     
  5. 2004chevy2500hd

    2004chevy2500hd Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    WIRENUT - I replaced both upper and lower intermediate shafts and I don't hear that "clicking-like" sound. Took about 20 mins to replace both shafts.
     
  6. wirenut

    wirenut Senior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 512

    thanks, did u use gm parts?
     
  7. 2004chevy2500hd

    2004chevy2500hd Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Wirenut - I purchased the upper intermediate shaft (passes through firewall) from the local AutoZone - If you have time - order it off of Amazon - almost half the price. The lower intermediate shaft (connects to steering box) had to be ordered from local Chevy/GM dealer - I'd be willing to be you could find better pricing from somewhere online - for both parts. I honestly started off wanting to replace the lower intermediate shaft - (b/c the steering wheel would turn about 2" from side to side before engaging) - the u joint/knuckle right before the steering pump of the lower intermediate shaft was bad....Then - I could not separate the lower shaft from the upper shaft - so I just decided to replace both b/c the upper had the "knock" when turning the wheel...So - I cut the steering shaft in half with my handy sawzall - pulled half from inside the truck (had to remove gas pedal) and then pull the lower from the steering box - "slapped" it all back together and I am golden - PS - I am no where close to being a mechanic :) - Google and Plowsite were very helpful with part# and schematics/diagrams - Please let me know if you need anything else. - I can dig up part numbers from receipts if you need 'em.

    Quick Google search:

    Upper Intermediate Steering shaft -

    Most threads that I found recommended the Dorman replacement:
    "Dorman/Steering Intermediate Shaft" - AutoZone part # [Part Number: 425-176] $71.99

    Amazon Search:
    "Dorman 425-176 Intermediate Steering Shaft" $44.99

    **The one thing that I did that most folks recommended was to "lock" your steering wheel with wheels straight ahead - If you replace either shaft and the wheel turns - you might be purchasing other parts - I used about 6 bungee cords and the seat-belt to hold the steering wheel - I was doing this by myself
     
  8. wirenut

    wirenut Senior Member
    from nh
    Messages: 512

    thanks guys ...dorman it is