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07/22/10 14:59
Brandon

I was having problem with the front driver side as well. It was making a sort of road noise sound I guess. It's 04 z-71, and talked to my brother who used to have same truck. Told me it was the hub bearing. Replaced, which was rather easy, and all is well. It was weird because if you were going down the highway and turned the wheel slightly to the right it would stop. I still have a noise when I turn sharply even at slow speeds and think it may be something with the steering column. Any ideas on that?
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08/06/10 19:59
Marko Preston-Horin

Q: I saw your blog below from last year and wondered if it solved your problem? Did you have to remove the steering wheel or was the new part swap just a (bolt on) fix?

Regards, Kurt P, Utah

I actually didn't do the job because I had just undergone wrist surgery. I think it slips in from the engine compartment, I'll check my Hayne's manual and get back to you. You can see the bolts clearly by looking into the engine compartment.

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09/27/10 14:00
ignacio

i have a 2006 4x4 chevy silverado i changed both left and right wheel bearings hub and now when i turn right iam hearing a squeeky sound any idea what this might be
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10/16/10 14:21
Danny

Growling/whining sound after slow 90 degree turn - especially in cooler temps. Didn't see particular item above. My thoughts go to power steering... The sound is quite loud and eventually goes away (5-10 minutes). Sometimes another slow, 90 degree turn will lessen it considerably.
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10/20/10 15:24
Ernie

I have a 2006 4WD Silverado ext cab. I started noticing the vehicle had a slight pull to the right when not in 4WD lately. I put it in 4WD the other day and accidentally left it in 4WD on the highway and noticed a strong pull to the left and a "rrrrr" noise. The noise and pulling go away when I immediately take it out of 4WD. Any Ideas?
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11/23/10 18:20
SCOTT

I HAVE A 1998 CHEVY 3/4 TON 4X4 TRUCK.THE PASSENGER SIDE FRONT IS MAKE A CLICKING NOISE WHEN I ENGAGE THE FOUR WHEEL DRIVE BUT IT ONLY MAKES THE NOISE WHEN YOU TURN.THE AXEL ITSELF LOOKS GOOD AS DO ALL THE JOINTS. I HAVE REPLACED THE HUB ASSEMBLY THINKING THE BEARING MIGHT BE BAD OR LOOSE.IT DOES NOT SOUND AS IF IT IS COMING FROM THE DIFFERENTAL BUT I HAVE BEEN TOLD THATS WHAT IT IS, I WOULD THINK THAT IT WOULD DO IT GOING STRAIGHT OR TURNING IF IT WAS THE DIFFERNTAL.IT ONLY MAKE THIS SOUND WHEN THE 4 WHEEL IS ENGAGED.I HAVE ALSO REPLACE THE ACUATOR THINKING IT MIGHT NOT BE ENGAGING ALL THE WAY, NO LUCK ANY HELP APPRECITED PS FLUID IN DIFFENTAL GOOD
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11/26/10 20:38
Tolby

ya i have a 1998 chevy 1500 and it seems to do the same thing as yours scott it only clicks when i turn. i have not checked into it too far yet but i was thinking it may be my U-joints. i dont know tho.
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12/20/10 20:32
solar

I have a 04 silverado 2500 hd. Vehicle has been to dealer overf 15 times since new. They have torn up the dash and worked on this noise every single time. One time they kept it for a week and replaced the steering gearcase, steering shaft and reassembled. It still did knocking noise when going around curves over small bumps at low speeds. Originally it only made noise going left. Now it does it whenever you turn in any direction and at any speed.

The idler arm was replaced.

Vehicle still has the problem. I do not think it's the steering shaft. Mine has been worked on so many times it should have stopped and it has not. It has to be something else connected to steering shaft. The whole front end needs to be checked carefully for play.

Next January an Engineer from GM is supposed to look at car to determine how to stop noise. Time will tell. Car has 55k miles and is still under extended warranty.

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12/20/10 20:37
Solar

Follow up.

I Rented a 2010 Impala that had the same noise. There are other forums of GM vehicles with same problem. The problem started in 1998 trucks and has expended to cars.

IT seems GM engineering is unable to solve this problem. All cures prove to be temporary.

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01/17/11 22:42
Stanley Labinsky III

Good day to all - I have a 1999 Chevy 3500 4X4 single rear end - 454 V8 with 250K - I purchased this truck as a weekend truck only and now has turned into a daily driver - ok now to the question: I engaged the 4x4 for the first time - no issues till I turned the steering wheel to the left - now I was in 4x4 high - going about 20 to 25 mpg - I got this grinding noise out of the front end - when I turned the wheel - It went a way when I straightened the wheel out - I promptly took it out of 4x4 for fearing that I did something wrong - I have never owned a 4x4 before - I have asked other chevy owners and I was told that I turned the wheels to far over and I was going to fast for being in 4x4 high - is this true and do I have other issues - I do know that my CV joint on the driver side is starting to go - but I do not have this noise in normal 2w drive - I have not attempted to duplicate or put the truck in 4x4 mode again - Thank you Stan
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01/30/11 10:54
Josh

Hello everyone,

2004 Silverado 2500HD, 112k miles, AT 4X4. When I let off the gas/coast my truck revs up and seems to slip out of gear, creating a godawful grinding noise. I can stop this noise immediately by hitting the throttle again. Seems as though the driveline always needs tension on it.

Second issue. When on the gas, truck seems to skip/clunk every so often. Almost like there is lash in the transfer case? This all seems catastrophic and I'm totally lost.

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03/13/11 10:30
ken b

i have a 2005 chevrolet z71 ex-cab with push button 4wd. when i engage it in 4wd hi I hear a whining noise and the pitch get higher when accelerating , plus it feels like it is in a strain. don, t know if this is normal or not . have 82000 miles on it. service 4wd indicator came on the other day and took it to the gm dealer , had it recoded .that part is fixed for now. at 63000 miles I replaced the encoder motor at a cost of 300.00.

I want to stay on top of this whining noise if it a problem or not.

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03/14/11 16:00
david r

i have a 1999 silverado z71 and when i take off i get a clunk clunk noise and it only happens when i take off from a dead stop. i looked under the truck and the front drive shaft is loose. not from the u joints but from the transfer case. and it make a clunk clunk noise when i turn it. any help?
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06/09/11 08:57
waxhaw
Thank author of this post/comment"CLUNK!"

Hey Fellahs. The clunk could actually be a couple of things. Most common is the upper steering shaft. Replace with the Dorman shaft you can pick up at your local parts store, 30 minute DIY job. Another could be the a warn column bearing. This is a plastic bearing that holds the output shaft from the column that attaches to the upper shaft just inside the firewall. Again, easy to find at local parts store, 10 minute DIY job.Remember to run your seatbelt through the wheel before you start and buckle tht thing to keep your wheel from spinning and ruining the clock spring. Hint on bearing! Look under your dash and you will see where the upper shaft ties to the output column shaft. There is a white, light green or yellow round plastic piece that the output shaft protrudes from that wiggles around and can also make a clunking noise. Grab the shaft and move it around and see if you get a clunk from there. This bearing even new sometimes doesnt fit tight and will continue to move and make noise. Take a zip tie and run through a hole in the plastic bearing and then around the nearest metal brace you can find and tighten that sucker up. This will save you about $80 and a possible headache from having to be upside down for 10-15 minutes changing the bearing. Also, while your under the dash, gently turn the wheel about a 1/4 inch back and forth and watch the shaft to make sure it moves with the wheel to be sure the tilt mechanism doesnt have ANY play. Jack front of truck up and check for slop in steering box shaft connection and pitman connection. If box is old or worn I suggest RED HEAD STEERING GEARS for a new box. While truck is in the air, grab each front wheel at 12 & 6 (top & bottom) and try to push/pull in a seesaw motion to see if your hubs have any play. If so they will also clunk and cause wonder and tire wear. I suggest Timken Hubs. Super Steer Tie Rods and Idler Brace. "REAL" Moog Pitman and Idler arms and the Cognito Brace kit. Call John at Hendersons Line Up in Oregon and he will have what you NEED. They also have very helpful you tube vids on all the front end stuff. Good Luck!
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12/02/11 10:18
picayune
Thank author of this post/comment"marty"

I have a 2005 Silverado that has the same problem. All i did was change the steering column and the noise went away.
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02/05/12 11:46
Canada
Thank author of this post/comment"Misinformation......be careful!!!!!"

#11 It could very well be in the transfer case. But maybe not. It could have a bent shift fork or the encoder motor could be toast. But something very common to your vehicle is that the 4x4 selector switch seems to be a real dog. That's the cheapest fix if that's your problem. Usually the switch prompts a "service 4WD" message.

#12 Definitely not the transfer case!!!!! It's in the front differential. You hear it when you cut the wheels because the wheel speed of the outer wheel is faster than that of the inner wheel. Trust me...it will get way worse! The front diff needs to be disassembled. Hopefully just a bearing kit. Once it's out, have all the seals and bearings replaced including the needle bearings supporting the output shafts. Not sure how comfortable you are with this procedure. Backlash and gear contact are very important to set properly. If this makes you nervous...pony up! lol.

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03/06/12 21:59
New York Upstate
Thank author of this post/comment"Chevy Front Wheel Hubs"

There is no real "fix" for Chevy Wheel Hubs. Its a design issue. The best anyone can do is replace them with Timken bearings. I have had to replace both sides about 6 months apart. Both with Timkens ($400/side) and with my fingers crossed -- no problems in about 50K miles. I've got 98K on the truck now.
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07/12/13 12:57
CNY
Thank author of this post/comment"Steering wheel clunk in my 04 Silverado Z71"

I had intermediate steering shaft replaced under warrenty by the dealer because of steering wheel clunk. That lasted about 3 months. Tried adjusting the steering box. No luck! Finally I placed a 20 thousands (.020" more or less if needed) shim in the flat between the intermediate shaft and the steering wheel shaft ("D" shaped connection). PROBLEM SOLVED!! I've driven the truck maybe 10 thousand miles with no clunks. Excessive clearance at the "D" connection causes the two shafts to slip radially and telephone that to the steering wheel.
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