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Steering Problems of GMC Sierra



GMC Sierra owners have reported 70 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 GMC Sierra 1
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 GMC Sierra 2
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 3
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 4
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 2014 GMC Sierra 5
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2012 GMC Sierra 6
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 7
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 8
Failure Date: 08/22/2012

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

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car image   Steering problem of the 2005 GMC Sierra 9
Failure Date: 05/03/2012

Power steering stops working on slow right hand turns. I sometimes need to back up in order to complete the turn. I also end up crossing into oncoming lanes if no traffic is comeing towards me. If there is traffic I need to stop in the middle of the turn until the traffic clears. The "check airbag" light came on at 85000 miles after the battery discharged from the vehicle sitting to long without being driven.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2012 GMC Sierra 10
Failure Date: 03/13/2012

Just purchases new 2012 GMC Sierra 3500 , 400 miles , have had alignment / steering problems with a drift to left and a wondering steering wheel, also brake and abs lights on, went to dealer they looked at it for 2 hrs, and said it needed a part ordered and there was a TSB on it, the tech said it would be safe to drive but I would not have abs brakes, also he would check alignment again at time when part came in 4 days est, brake and abs light remained on, vehicle drove fine the next day until a accident, went around curveat 55 mph, applied brakes to slow, brakes went to floor un able to slow at all went off the road lost control and crashed into trees, both airbags deployed , went to emergency room with arm injury and rib injuries, brand new truck very scarry I will never buy a gm poduct again.


 
car image   Steering problem of the 2003 GMC Sierra 11
Failure Date: 01/17/2012

Bought the truck recently from vince whibbs GMC pensacola FL. Had some front end work done but also there is a loose steering shaft that is a common defect with this year and model truck. While cornering the truck at low speeds and going over bumps there is a loose feeling felt in the steering.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 GMC Sierra 12
Failure Date: 01/07/2011

First incident was a brake line bursting in my driveway. I had it repaired at my local garage. At that time he told me that all of the brake lines were in bad shape. Second incident, while I was driving up the road at approx 55 mph with my 19' boat in tow I realized I had no steering or brakes. I was able to coast to a stop and pull the vehicle off the road to a safe location. The failure was attributed to a rotted line to the power steering cooler. Lastly, I am not able to get a safety inspection sticker because my brake lines in such bad condition. Estimated cost to repair $800-$1500 dollars. I will add that the truck looks like new, spends most of it's time in the garage and is used primarily to go to the local dump, plow my driveway only and occasionally tow my boat to the lake! mileage reflects this. Dates may not be totally accurate but the best of my recollection.

car image   Steering problem of the 2004 GMC Sierra 13
Failure Date: 10/08/2010

While driving vehicle you get a loud thump and shake from the steering wheel. This happens at any speed, when the vehicle hits a bump in the road or turning. This problem has been traced to the steering shaft on all Chevrolet and GMC pickups from that year.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 GMC Sierra 14
Failure Date: 03/31/2010

I have 2 gm products, a 1996 chevy impalla & a 2003 GMC truck. Both have the same problem. At various times and without notice the power steering will lock up and won't turn for a brief time. After a few seconds it will go back to normal. Also if you are standing still and try to turn to the left the wheel is very hard to turn or won't turn at all. Fortunately this has not caused an accident or injury, but I could see a situation where under the wright conditions this could be life threatening.

car image   Steering problem of the 2002 GMC Sierra 15
Failure Date: 05/24/2009

The abs light came on. Since that time, on two separate occasions while turning at slow speeds, the truck has stalled in an intersection. After reviewing the recall information and calling gm and our dealership, no open recalls apply to the truck. They will of course be happy to charge us and minimum of $101. 00 and more to look at the truck and repair the problem. If this is a recall, why does it not apply?.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2006 GMC Sierra 16
Failure Date: 05/01/2009

Very difficult, if not impossible, to turn steering at idle. Duration of problem approx. 1 year. June 2009 dealer replaced part in steering. Dealer cold not find a problem in steering, but replaced a part. Problem continues; very difficult to turn at idle or low speed. I do not feel it is safe.

car image   Steering problem of the 2002 GMC Sierra 17
Failure Date: 03/07/2009

The contact owns a 2002 GMC Sierra. While driving 20 mph the vehicle swerved from side to side twice for approximately two seconds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The gm manufacturer was called and stated that he had to pay for a diagnostic test and the contact refused to do so. The failure mileage was 48,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 GMC Sierra 18
Failure Date: 09/15/2007

The truck after 40 miles started screeching from the front when going around corners,and was reported to the dealer sam swope, I was informed that it was normal, on the way to town the truck stalled and was towed for repair turns out the coil plug shorted out wires were replaced, next day the truck stalled again towed again turns out that booth catalytic converters were plugged,booth replaced. Entering the freeway when accelerated the truck did not respond, I was informed by the dealer that nothing wrong with the tranny, now I have a clunking noise from the rear of the truck they claim not to be able to duplicate the problem, tires worn out at 27,000 miles turns out alignment problem but no cause for the squealing tires sense first reported the first day of owner ship. Same problem all the time steering wheel never been aligned anti-lock brakes never work right always locking up on breaking first thing in the mornings and the dealership not able to reproduce the problem. This truck is dangerous to drive with to any failures.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2005 GMC Sierra 19
Failure Date: 01/20/2007

Intermediate steering shaft has been rattling for a few weeks now, and my truck only has 38,000 miles. I'm told that lubricating it will only stop it short term.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 GMC Sierra 20
Failure Date: 06/15/2006

Returned to dealer 4 times for: brakes going out (4 new sets installed) abnormal wear on tires (f) valves chattering at 10-65 mph returned to dealer 3 times for: steering sector knocking front axle making warping noise transmission clunking when shifting up or down returned to dealer 2 times for: various electrical/light problems smoking in passing gear or hard take off all of the above problems are still on-going and have not been repaired.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 GMC Sierra 21
Failure Date: 05/17/2006

: the contact stated while traveling at various speeds, the steering wheel felt loose. The problem was more obvious while turning or driving at lower speeds. This also caused the front end to make a clunking noise. The dealership replaced the intermediate steering shaft once and lubed the component three times. The problem returns after 10,000 miles.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 GMC Sierra 22
Failure Date: 05/01/2006

2003 Sierra steering mechanism makes a noise. The consumer was told when the part in the steering was replaced under warranty, someone placed it on too tight and now the part was out of shape. The mechanic also stated that the part would have to be lubricated often because there were no grease fittings on it. Updated. 07/21/06.

car image   Steering problem of the 1998 GMC Sierra 23
Failure Date: 02/01/2006

GMC 1998 Sierra p/u- steering suddenly becomes loose and steering wheel jerks to the right while decelerating and turning right. Problem also occurs when making left turns although not a drastic. There are several complaints, however no solutions from GMC or dealership. I have had many close calls while highway driving when the steering suddenly jerks to the right. Gm dealer has no clue as to what the problem is.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 GMC Sierra 24
Failure Date: 11/28/2005

Transmission: been fixed 3 times and finally replaced a/c: repaired once front end-steering: repaired 3 times and still not fixed.

car image   Steering problem of the 2000 GMC Sierra 25
Failure Date: 11/06/2005

Two failures of steering shaft within 50,000 miles.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 GMC Sierra 26
Failure Date: 10/25/2005

I bought the 2003 Sierra new in 2003. After a short period of time a clunking occurred when going around gradual curves and over small bumps. When it got worse I brought it into the dealer and they said the steering shaft was low on lubricant. They filled it up no charge under warranty and the steering felt like new again. Not too long afterwards, the same problem happened, gradually at first then worsening. I brought it back to the dealer and they were going to replace the part this time instead of refilling it. That was covered under warranty and the steering felt good again. Now its October 25, 2005 and I am going to have to bring it in again for the same part problem. This time I am over the 36,000 mile warranty and have to pay for it. At this rate I will have to do this every year.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 GMC Sierra 27
Failure Date: 10/15/2005

The contact stated the steering wheel locked when he applied the brake. After three attempts the dealer has been unable to repair the problem. Another dealer informed him this was the design of the vehicle. The manufacturer advised him to take it to the dealer. Updated 11/29/05.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 GMC Sierra 28
Failure Date: 05/01/2005

The contact owns a 2005 GMC Sierra. The contact stated that the steering shaft does not have enough grease and causes the steering to stiffen up while driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer at least five times for the steering shaft to be re-greased, but that has not remedied the issue. The contact feels this is a safety issue because the steering stiffens and makes it very difficult to drive, which could lead to a crash. The current mileage was 49,000 and failure mileage was 15,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 GMC Sierra 29
Failure Date: 04/29/2005

The contact stated the rear passenger brake was out of control. The vehicle was taken to the dealership , and they determined there was a problem with the rear tires. There have been no repairs made to the vehicle. Updated 1/4/2006 - the steering intermediate shaft was knocking and had to be replaced.

car image   Steering problem of the 1997 GMC Sierra 30
Failure Date: 04/25/2005

I have been having a problem with the steering wheel jerking to the left or right when making a slight turn in either direction. It causes me to overcorrect my steering. It has gotten worse in the last year. When this happens, the steering gets very loose. I feel this is something that gm should correct, as mine is far from the only truck with this problem.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 GMC Sierra 31
Failure Date: 01/25/2005

I have experienced significant vibration when I steer my 2003 GMC Sierra pick up truck. The vibration is distracting and I was worried that there may be a serious problem so I took it into the GMC dealer to be looked at. They told me that it was a problem with the intermediate steering shaft and that it is not a safety issue. However, I feel that any problems with the intermediate steering shaft is a safety concern because if it was to fail while I was driving the results could be catastrophic. The vibration also creates unnecessary distraction, which is also a safety concern. The dealer and GMC customer service have informed me that there are 200,000 intermediate steering shafts on back order - so there is obviously a widespread problem. They told me it could be 3 months before I could get this replaced. My truck is only 1 1/2 years old with 52,000 miles. There currently is no recall. I have filed a complaint with GMC (service request # 1-304994219), but I do not think there response was adequate. They basically told me that I would have to wait until the shafts were ready and that they are currently not performing this work under a recall. There lack of concern was troubling and I do not want to trust my families safety to a customer service agent, which has been directed on what to say. I have not had an accident or incident resulting from this problem yet, but I do not feel comfortable driving the vehicle in this condition.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 GMC Sierra 32
Failure Date: 01/12/2005

When turning in either direction a rattling noise was produced from the steering wheel. The dealer replaced the steering shaft which had malfunctioned. Please provide additional information.

car image   Steering problem of the 2004 GMC Sierra 33
Failure Date: 06/18/2004

#1 04 Sierra 4x4 returned to dealer after 2 weeks (9/18/04) with 1523 miles for hard shifting. Clutch was not installed correctly from factory. Engage and disengage point in clutch pedal travel is at full depression into the firewall. #2 passenger door hard to close fully. Driver side door closes as expected with little effort. Passenger door will not close completely without undue force being applied or a window cracked. #3 returned truck to a different dealership on 9/15/05 with 8,190 and again 12/15/05 with 10,282 miles. For a knocking noise during turning, clutch not engaging and disengaging correctly, passenger door not closing completely, and a new rattling noise from the transmission along with a whine noise from the gears. The dealership fixed the knocking noise from a service bulletin concerning a steering bushing. This dealership also stated they found nothing wrong with the clutch or the transmission or the passenger door. None of the problems were fixed #5 I immediately took the truck to an independent transmission specialist after picking it up from the dealership for a 3rd opinion on 12/20/05 with 10,284 miles. His opinion was flatly stated that the truck has major problems with the clutch and the transmission. His evaluation was the clutch was not installed correctly from the factory and depression into the firewall was not correct. The transmission has synchronizer and possible bushings and bearings that were failing. He stated the noises alone were definite indicators that the transmission has problems and that anyone would know that a clutch is not required to be depressed into the firewall for proper operation which in time will lead to premature clutch failure. This evaluation cost me $30 and 3 hour lost from work.