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Tie Rods?? Ball Joints??

Hi there! I have a 2006 Chevy Uplander....I used to be a mechanic in the military but these newer vehicles boggle my mind!

Here's what I have observed:

Driving down the road, even the smallest rut makes the frame "shake" a bit...sounds like tie rods could be going - would this be feasible for such a newer vehicle?? I don't drive it very often - only 37,000 miles on it. If not tie rods, what is the chance it could be the ball joints going?? Please help!!

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  • lady_m_24 Nov 06, 2008

    Thank you so much!! You're awesome - now, my mechanic wont look at me like I'm a "stupid woman" trying to figure this out!

  • sweetpmc Dec 11, 2008

    Yes, this absolutely shouldn't be an issue at such low mileage, but this is an Uplander!!

    I also have a 2006 Uplander (and happen to be a woman). I had my vehicle in for service last year after noticing the same "shake" you described. It was less than 2 yrs old with around 50,000 kms on it. They told me the right tie rod was gone and they replaced it under warranty. Now, 7 months later I have been having lots of front end noise for the past week, suspected wheel bearings. Took it in under the 100,000 km powertrain warranty. They have confirmed my suspicion and are working on them now (under warranty). They have also just called me to advise that the left tie rod has "lots of play" and should be replaced. It is no longer under warranty. Currently arguing with them to replace it at no cost because they should have done both at the same time when I had it in last time.

    Nothing but problems with this vehicle. Have had issues with the dvd player, tires, electrical problems, leaky drivers door problems....and arguments with them every time to fix it.
    Never again GM...



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At such low milage i seriously doubt that it is the tie rods unless you have a problem with the vehicle wandering down the road. with loose ball joints you would have a alignment problem as well and you would notice a cupping on the tires which you did not mention. I would start by looking at eithere the strut or strut mounts and or the shock and shock mounts for looseness or cracks. also make sure your tires are not over inflated this would cause the shock of the ruts to be amplified to the frame.

Posted on Nov 06, 2008

  • jimmy walker Mar 03, 2013

    i have 2006 uplander with simular problems ichanged swaybar bushings and swavbar links. it fixed noise n supension nd improved handeling.



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