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Steering jerks unpredicable in a slight curve most of the time to the left

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    Thomas Moore May 11, 2010

    has there been front work done lately

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Is likely that it needs the steering column sensor replaced. A bad sensor will cause the steering to instantaneously get easier to turn, resulting in what feels like a **** in the steering wheel. $40 part.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010

  • Alexis Goad May 25, 2012

    That's EXACTLY what it is. My 1997 K1500 did the same thing and that sensor fixed it. I can't believe that as much information there is online about this, and the TSB about the steering, people are still wasting money and time on ball joints, pitman arms, tie rod ends, etc. etc. It's that SENSOR people!! I bought mine on ebay for $29.75.

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I had exactly same problem, replaced upper and lower bal joints and alligned, no fix. It seems chevy has a electric "override" on the steering pump that "boost" steering under a heavy load like in a parking space or say off road in mud, it senses a hard pull it boost's preasure...... UNPLUG IT!! It is a small plug on the bottom of the pump. You cant miss it and it dos'nt hurt anything. Downside, it's a short term fix, you will soon need to replace the pump.

Posted on Feb 09, 2010

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There are several possibilities.
Are there any noises that can't be explained, that you have not divulged?
Are the Lug Nuts properly tightened?
Jack-up and properly support the front of your Pick-Up.
Before removing the Front Tires: Grab the Tire at the 9 and 3-o'clock position and shake side to side. Any clicking or odd movements? Next grab the Tire at the 12 and 6-o'clock position and try shaking the Tire. Any clicking noises or odd movements?
Remove the Front Tires.
Check the following:
1. CV Joints. Are the boots in good shape or are they missing? Any unexplained "clicking" sounds recently while turning left or right? TIP: instead of trying to fix a CVJ, replace the entire half axle which is complete with the CVJ already on.
2. Wheel Bearing(s). Any noises when you turn left or right?
3. Outer Tie Rod Ball Joints.
4. Front Control Arm Bushings. Check Bushings for cracks, splits, rot.
5. Front Sway Bar Bushings. Check same as above.
6. Ball Joints. Are they loose?
7. Strut's/Spring Coil's. Broken Spring Coil's usually
will make noises on impact with holes or bumps.
8. Stabilzer Bar Joints (if so equipped).
9. Pitman Arm Joints (if so equipped).
This is a start for you.
Let me know if this helped, or if you have additional information or questions. Please include Engine size. Feel free to contact me at FixYa.com!

Posted on Feb 08, 2010

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There could be alot things that cause this tie rods, ball joints, idler arms, control arms,
driving your truck with a unpredicable **** is very dangerous u need to take it to a shop and have it checked out most shops will do a free check for u

Posted on Feb 08, 2010

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