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My GMC Yukon XL is making a cranky/rusty noise

My GMC Yukon XL 2003 is making a cranky/rusty noise when I cut to the left and when I go over speed bumps. The dealer can't find the problem.They think it might be the Pitman Arm, however I replaced it one year age. It doesn't always make the noise but I am concerned. What could it be?

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If it sounds like the font end of the truck is going to break apart beneath you then the steering shaft is to blame. There was "bulletin" given GMC dealers I believe in 2003 or 2004 stating that the steering shaft would need to be replaced to correct the issue and only if the customer complained of the noise would they replace the shaft. Then they changed the solution from replacing the shaft to lubing the shaft which was a very temporary fix and the noise would soon return. Then they went back to replacing the shafts. My point is there is no cure but replacing it is your best bet and it will make your tuck feel brand new. Unfortunately it may go out again but there is no physical damage from the defected part that will cause you to lose control. If that were the case, GM would have issued recalls, not bulletins.

Posted on May 15, 2010

Testimonial: "Thank you for this feedback. It got me to thinking and when I researched my service sheets I found that the Intermediate Shaft was replaced years ago. I will have the dealer look into this . Thanks again."

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