Steering Problems of GMC Sierra - part 1

GMC Sierra owners have reported 87 problems related to steering (under the steering category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of GMC Sierra based on all problems reported for the Sierra.

car image   Steering problem of the 2017 GMC Sierra 1
Failure Date: 04/30/2018

Vehicle has hard shift at 5-6 mph. Dealer stated could not find issue, and reflashed tcm. Approx month later, at 10k miles, truck hard shifted from red light on highway, once up to 45 mph, shutdown. Steering wheel locked up, no brakes, no control of vehicle at 45-50 mph. Dealer kept for one week, stated loose cable on starter from battery. Exactly 1k miles later (5 weeks), now at 11k miles, truck hard shifted at 5-6mph, and at 45-50 mph truck tried to shift in 4wd. All lights on dash came on as a result. Dealer has currently had the truck for two weeks and can not find issue. They supposedly consulted gm, and instead of sending an expert tech to help dealer find issue, advised dealer to replace ecm. Replacing ecm is the general answer to not sure what is wrong. This truck is a safety issue, as when it shuts off going 45-50 mph there is no control or brakes operational on the vehicle. Gm will replace the ecm, and just like right now, will not be able to replicate the problem, and expect me as the consumer to take delivery back of the vehicle. Currently all of my documentation is in the dash of this truck, at the dealership. Trying to determine how myself as the consumer can help ensure this safety issue is corrected, and not passed on.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2015 GMC Sierra 2
Failure Date: 02/03/2018

Steering electrical assist fightback, driving,turning resulting in no steering-deadly! this can happen at any time while driving. Very dangerous! engine must be shut off and restarted before you can get out of street. Then message reads "lower driver window then raise" before proceeding.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2015 GMC Sierra 3
Failure Date: 12/19/2017

The contact owns a 2015 GMC Sierra denali. While driving approximately 60 mph, the steering lost power and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer (sewell Buick GMC of dallas in dallas, TX, phone number: 214-350-8000) where a diagnostic test was performed. The contact was not given the results of the test. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered to pay a percentage of the repair costs. The failure mileage was 39,900.

car image   Steering problem of the 2015 GMC Sierra 4
Failure Date: 12/08/2017

While slowing down making a left or right turn it will not turn. It's as if the power steering malfunctions for a second. It caused me to "overshoot" a parking space in the city and have to back up and try again. This has happened several times. I have an appointment with GMC to have it checked out. This is very dangerous.

car image   Steering problem of the 2017 GMC Sierra 5
Failure Date: 09/26/2017

Vibration 65+ mph, felt in steering wheel and seat. Steering wheels quivers at 65+ mph. Truck feels very unstable at highway speeds. Dealer states it's normal.

car image   Steering problem of the 2015 GMC Sierra 6
Failure Date: 04/01/2017

Power steering intermittently goes out on low speed, low engine rpm, right hand turns. I have had vehicle to dealer to have issue fixed on may 16, 2017. They indicated they could not duplicate problem. Model year 2014 have been recalled for this issue, but not 2015 model year trucks.

car image   Steering problem of the 2016 GMC Sierra 7
Failure Date: 03/20/2016

While driving my truck, it has had 3 alerts on dash for "service stabilitrak, power steering use caution and trailer brake. " vehicle gauges all drop to zero while operating vehicle and go on and off. The vehicle when this occurs also disengages from gear, vehicle is an automatic. Then engine revs up when it slips out of gear and generally goes back in gear as gauges come back on. The power steering seems to also lose some power. When this occurs, if you depress the gas pedal, you do not get any more power. This is technically the 6th occurrence. It has been back to dealer (griffin GMC of monroe, nc) and computer codes were cleared and nothing reported ie. . . Technically found that would cause this issue per the dealership as unable to re-produce the cause. I returned the truck today after this 6th occurrence due to my fear of driving the vehicle with my children and getting involved in an accident. I have video of this last occurrence of dashboard gauges and shared them with the dealership. First occurrence pictures are Feb 29, 2016 and Sunday, March 20, 2016. Vehicle has approximately 2000 miles on odometer. Entire time, vehicle has been running on local road, either at stop or driving below 45mph moving straight ahead. I could not replicate or cause the issue to happen again on purpose, very random.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2015 GMC Sierra 8
Failure Date: 10/31/2015

Steering wheel and truck vibrates/shakes and various speeds.

car image   Steering problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 9
Failure Date: 10/29/2015

Ignition steering key lock sounds like it's breaking during the tine you turn the steering wheel to unlock kit when stopped. This has happened more than once.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2011 GMC Sierra 10
Failure Date: 06/27/2015

The contact owns a 2011 GMC Sierra. While driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel seized and veered to the left independently. The contact was able to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2006 GMC Sierra 11
Failure Date: 03/16/2015

The VIN number is coming up as a 2006 GMC savanna on your site safecar. Gov under recall lookup by VIN. It should be 2006 GMC Sierra denali 1500 truck. I would like it corrected if possible so I can see current recalls. Thank you.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 GMC Sierra 12
Failure Date: 03/02/2015

The steering on the pickup truck sticks, locks up for a moment then frees itself. I have been having on and off issues since but the dealership is already trying to get out of any responsibility already stating this is out of warranty at this date. Salt lake valley GMC has been aware of the issue since day one. This has become a saftey issue, the vehicle in question is not safe to drive at this time and I am left holding the bag for a mystery they cannot solve (or gm is covering up yet another problem) note this truck is the duramax 2500.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2015 GMC Sierra 13
Failure Date: 03/01/2015

The contact owns a 2015 GMC Sierra. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle began to vibrate. The longer the vehicle was driven, the more it shook. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer several times, but no failure was found. The dealer test drove the vehicle and it did not vibrate. The dealer replaced the tires, transmission, and shocks; however,, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated the seat warmers also failed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 2,500.

car image   Steering problem of the 2002 GMC Sierra 14
Failure Date: 02/27/2015

The contact owns a 2002 GMC Sierra. While driving 60 mph, the wheels went in a different direction than the steering wheel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue, but there was no response. The approximate failure mileage was 216,000. The VIN was not available.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 15
Failure Date: 11/05/2014

My vehicle started with a vibration on or around 12,000 miles. The vibration slowly increased as time went on. I made appointment with the dealership where the vehicle was purchased. (capitaland motors) at this time the vibration was strong enough to vibrate the back window. It would start at 30mph and get worse at 45mph. The mechanic checked balance and road force the tires. But told me that the vibration was normal and he could fix my back window. I called GMC and filed a complaint. They told me to take it to another dealership. I did on 11/25/14. This time I took it to goldstein Buick-GMC. They could feel the vibration in the steering wheel and seat. They check tires again. They felt it was the tires and wanted me to buy new ones. Told me the tires were not under warranty. That day I called goodyear and found out my tires were under warranty, they would be prorated. Goodyear check my tires and they are fine. At this time no one can find the problem and I feel it has become a safety issue. The vibration is really strong and getting worse and they have no answer.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 GMC Sierra 16
Failure Date: 07/25/2014

Grinding noise and braking diminished along with smoking wheel. Front wheel bearing hub assembly is coming apart inside with only 36000 miles.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 GMC Sierra 17
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

The lower steering shaft is making a noise. Took to a repair center and show the shat needs to be lubed it makes a creaking noise when driving over humps and also the slip yoke in the rear of the truck when coming to a stopped position the drive haft moves and back and it feels as if you was being bumped from the rear of the vehicle. The two issues are found all over the web reporting these issues and GMC as not identified or resolved these issues especially on these models.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2012 GMC Sierra 18
Failure Date: 06/12/2014

The contact owns a 2012 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the right and left turn signal and safety belt chime stopped working. Also, the radio malfunctioned and the vehicle veered to the right. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 65,274.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 GMC Sierra 19
Failure Date: 05/09/2014

Driving home, the spindle arm broke, causing the tires to lose steering ability, leading to the loss of control and the truck going into pensacola bay. No airbag deployment. Driver knocked unconscious.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 GMC Sierra 20
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

I took my truck into fitzgerald auto mall, with whom I've had a great relationship, for some power steering issues. I was told that the brake system piping itself was rusting and would need to be replaced to the tune of $1600. 00. I researched this and found that this is a common issue with gm trucks and there hasn't been anything done about it. Gm has reduced the cost of the repair "kit" to $500, but who is going to install it? I have had many vehicles and lived in many states where salt is used on the road. I've never seen a vehicle that had so much damage because of it, especially a critical system like brakes. This should have been a recall years ago. I don't think the owners of these affected vehicles should have to pay to fix an engineering mistake. Gm should be liable and fix it for free. Thank you.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 21
Failure Date: 02/24/2014

I have had my truck back the dealership 8 times for the same problem a vibration that you can feel in the seat steering wheel and gas pedal, they have had the factory engineers out three time and looked and worked on it, first time the engineer did a couple of things and said that it was up to factory specs and that was all he could do, I drove it home and before I was a block away I could tell that they did not fix it, when I got home I called the dealer back and told him so he called gm and the next week they sent out the same guy and this time he worked on 5 or 6 other things that he did not work on the first time after telling me they did all they could do the first time. Right there tells you they are lying if there was nothing they could do why come back and work on it again! but after he got done it was just like it was, I will try to list some of the stuff that they said they did, 1) rotated the tires 2) re-torque the wheels 3) balanced the tires 4) balanced the drive shaft 5) shimmed the rear end 6) checked the rear shocks 7) took off dealer installed mud flaps! 8) checked the exhaust system, I know but they did 9) road forced tested the tires twice and replaced two the second time and re-balanced the tires. And I'm sure I have not listed all they have tried, and still I have the same problem, third time the engineer came out he had the regional manager with him and this time they drove my truck and 2 others they had on the lot and said that they are similar to mine and they was not going to do any more to my truck that they had done all they could or would do but if I had any other problems to bring it back.

car image   Steering problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 22
Failure Date: 02/03/2014

2014 GMC Sierra. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle electrical panel froze while driving. Also, the power steering locked up, the headlights did not work properly and the alarm sometimes sounded after the was removed from the ignition. Also, the engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice. However, the problem was still not resolved. There was a hesitation/lurch coming from the transmission, and an issue with the tire pressure monitoring system. The instrument panel malfunctioned on the way back from the dealer. The check engine light, illuminated sporadically. Updated 07/10/14 the consumer stated there was a steering issue, as well. The dealer was unable to replicate the problems. Updated 08/06/14.

car image   Steering problem of the 2012 GMC Sierra 23
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

2012 GMC denali. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle steering problems. The consumer noticed a very bad problem with the steering whenever he slowed down to turn, he would loose control over the ability to turn. The wheel locked down when he applied the brake and tried to turn at the same time. He was not able to turn until he pressed on the accelerator or released the brake. The dealer said it was caused by the power booster taking all the power to the brakes and leaving very little to the steering. Also, there was a problem with the back-up screen. The picture was extremely dark, and it was hard to make out the images on the screen. The dealer tried to lighten the screen, but to no avail.

car image   Steering problem of the 2012 GMC Sierra 24
Failure Date: 11/13/2012

Loss of steering control (three episodes) : 13 Nov 2012, while exiting nb I-95 onto eb route 214 in landover, MD, my steering wheel locked. My speed at the time was approximately 50 mph. I was able to brake rapidly as the ramp began to straighten from it's sweeping right curve. The locked steering was forcing me onto the right shoulder. Luckily I was able to stop my truck on the right shoulder before the locked steering forced me off the hard top. During this event, the trucks engine remained running and the ignition key stayed turned on. Once I was safely stopped on the ramp's shoulder, I made attempts to turn the steering wheel. With both of my hands on the wheel and while exerting a lot of upper body strength, I was able to brake the steering wheel free. Yes, I drove the car home from that point, a distance of 16 miles. Everything with the steering appeared to be normal, again. This problem appears to be intermittent and has now occurred to date, a total of three times. Between the second and third incident, the truck was taken to capitol Cadillac - GMC in suburban maryland washington DC, for diagnosis of the problem. While the truck was in capitols possession, it was driven 83 miles but the steering problem did not present itself. Two days after retrieving my truck from capitol, the steering began exhibiting a strong feeling of resistance as if it was going to fully lock, again. It did not however. The truck is scheduled to return to capitol Cadillac - GMC on 20 Nov 2012.

car image   Steering problem of the 1998 GMC Sierra 25
Failure Date: 08/22/2012

Fame rot almost completely broken on both sides in rear by leaf spring mounts.

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