Windshield Wiper/washer Linkages Problems of GMC Sonoma

GMC Sonoma owners have reported 3 problems related to windshield wiper/washer linkages (under the visibility category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of GMC Sonoma based on all problems reported for the Sonoma.

car image   Windshield Wiper/washer Linkages problem of the 2000 GMC Sonoma 1
Failure Date: 05/15/2006

Passenger and driver seats in my 2000 GMC Sonoma have seat positioning controls and locking mechanisims that do not always lock properly and/or get jammed up and have broken. A friend was sitting in the passenger seat and it failed to lock into place to keep it from sliding forward. I adjusted the bolts that fasten the seat to the floor of the vehicle to help 'realign' the seat frame so that the mechanism that keeps the seat from siding front and back would keep the seat locked into position once the seating distance is set. Also, the reclining handle on the passenger side broke off, not allowing for seat back support angle adjustment on the passenger side. The driver's side seat back support adjustment lever often 'sticks' or 'locks' into position. . . . Not allowing for seat back rest adjustment. Rear differential sometimes locks up and or slips and shakes and makes noise. . . Especially when sideways force is applied. . . Such as when turning in a curve or circular fashion with the vehicle in motion. Both tailgate support cables broke on the truck. Front driver's side bearing had excess wear and had to be replaced at 65 000 km. Driver's side wiper arm got dislodged from the shaft that turns it and was knocked out of position on 2 occasions. Power steering fails for short intermittent periods when the vehicle is first started from a 'cold' and 'warm' state and the steering becomes stiffer and less responsive. Most noticable at slower vehicle speeds.

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car image   Windshield Wiper/washer Linkages problem of the 1998 GMC Sonoma 2
Failure Date: 09/15/2005

My 98 GMC Sonoma's windshield wiper module failed causing poor visibility during rain. Initially, I was able to tap the module to regain wiper use, but the problem has become unmanageable. I have taken my vehicle to be repaired at neil twinter motors costing $95. 81.

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car image   Windshield Wiper/washer Linkages problem of the 2002 GMC Sonoma 3
Failure Date: 11/14/2002

While driving in a slow rain, the drivers side wiper arm came loose and flew all the way past the windshield to the left of the vehicle. Although it was still attached, it would not move. Fortunately I was less that a mile from home and drove the vehicle home. My husband got a wrench, repositioned the wiper arm and tightened it down. I was able to then go to work. I contacted my dealer about what had happened and he told me that they have that happen quite often with this model and that I should carry a 13 mm wrench with me so if it happened again I could fix it like my husband had. He didn't want to see the vehicle in his shop or write a ticket for it. They told me it was considered normal because a lot of these vehicles did this. My concern is for safety, if this had been a hard rain storm and I had been going 60 or 65 mph when this occurred, it could have caused a terrible accident. I believe this needs to be looked into as the dealer says that this problem if very common for this model.

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