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2003 Silverado 2500 HD Front End Rapping

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by GesnerLawn, Mar 4, 2005.

  1. GesnerLawn

    GesnerLawn Senior Member
    Messages: 127

    I've recently noticed some rapping in the front-end of my truck when driving at low speeds on semi-rough roads, when turning around and in parking lots. It feels like worn ball joints and/or tie rods. This truck only has 13,000 miles on it and has never plowed or been off road. And it's never towed more than 2 or 3 tons. So it's not like I've abused it. To be honest, I haven't even looked under it...for all I know I could just have a loose shock.

    Is this a know problem with these trucks? Does anyone know where to find the Chevy service bulletins online? I plan to bring it in to the dealer soon to have the tailgate cables replaced (per recall notice) and I'll mention it to them then.


  2. calhoun

    calhoun Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    There is a problem with the intermidiate shaft on the steering colume. If you can feel it in the steering wheel than this is probubly the problem. It is especally noticable when turning under braking on rough roads. The dealers have a TSB on this. There is a backlog in getting new shafts. They have a grease system to temp fix it till the new parts are available.
  3. GesnerLawn

    GesnerLawn Senior Member
    Messages: 127

    Yeah, sounds like that could be the problem, because I can feel it in the wheel. Thanks.
  4. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    That's the problem. I've had my '03 one replaced and my buddies had theirs done also.
  5. redhenny16

    redhenny16 Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    The intermediate steering shaft is most likely the problem since you feel it in the steering wheel, but you might have another problem. The rubber bushings on the front shocks go bad. When you drive over a pot hole and the front tire drops in you would hear a clunk from your front end. Just something you should keep an eye on.
  6. Cobol Dude

    Cobol Dude Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    I am glad you asked this. I have the same noise on a 2004 silverado and i just figured it was the heavy springs. I better complain. Did you guys see some chevy trucks have a recall on the brakes too? We should get a letter if it affects us.