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A low growling noise when turning left only on '04 Silverado

There is a low growling noise and vibration coming from the steering column on my '04 Chevy Silverado. Thinking it was a wheel bearing issue, I jacked up the front end and checked the play on the wheel and it was pretty solid, removing the suspision that it is a bearing or CV joint issue. Also, with just the truck running and not moving forward, you can still hear the noise when turning the wheel left (never when turning it right). The noise seems to perpetuate from the upper steering column, but I am really confused what would cause this to happen in one direction only. I am leaning more towards the intermediate shaft theory because of all the issues GM has had with this...

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Intermediate shaft is the most likely cause for this and your right there have been issues.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009

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Check the intermediate shaft boot at bottom of steering column..could be dry and rubbing...spray a silicone lubricant in the boot while turning wheel...if problem persist get some one to listen close to steering gear while turning to see if noise is comming from gear assembly...intermediate shaft is always a clunking or bumping noise only...

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I think you should check your transmission and motor mounts. Especially if you're running low gears or towing some weight. They are very susceptible to breakdown from oil exposure. When they get sloppy, and torque is applied combined with the forces involved in turning left. The fan blades can come in contact with the fan shroud. This results in a low growling noise. This could be what you're feeling in the cab.

Posted on Dec 27, 2009

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