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Rattling noise in steering

There is a rattling noise in my steering coming from the steering shaft. What is the best way to go about greasing this shaft?

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Had same problem with new 04 Sierra, took multiple times to dealer. Final answer after 2-3 warranty replacements and repacks was that I should just live with it. The dealer suggested that I unbolt the steering column at the mid section (under the hood), and stroke the steering column back and forth. After getting over the fact that they wanted me to **** my truck off, to fix their crappy parts I gave it a try and it worked great. Needs to be done every few months. Don't mess with the bolts by the PS pump, just the single 15mm bolt halfway down. The back side is a bracket with welded nut on it so you just need 15mm socket. Paint match lines on both halfs. Pump the upper shaft back and forth after you slide it out from lower shaft. Takes about 5 minutes time.
The dealer said the grease gets hot and oozes down to bottom of tube so stroking redistributes it back up into the upper shaft.
Good luck

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No way to grease it, just needs to be replaced. They have a service bulletin somewhere about it.

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