On my 2004 suburban I bought new in 12/2004 I noticed at about 35,000 miles a rattle and knock in steering wheel/column.
At 45,000 I had intermidiate steering shaft replaced and this solved the problem for about another 40,000 miles. now at 85,000 the same problem again.
Chevy dealership now says they R/R the shafe with a silicon type shaft that "should" stop the problem.
The first time it cost me $200. Now the cost is $350 at the local dealership.
If this is such an ongoing problem and has been for years, why does GM not solve this on the new vehicles??
Can my shaft be relubed to solve the problem now? Seems like a more simple and much cheaper way to do.
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It's proably a rod not the crank a crank noise would thump and be noisey on initial start up. a knocking or rattle is the connecting rod. I would get a price for a short block from jasper engines and not mess around if u havent done something like this before. You have to pull the engine and it's alot of knowing what your doing from there. Jasper offers a 3yr 100.000 mile warrantee if you want to keep the truck give em a call otherwise Call yr local boneyard for a low mile used engine but then again buyer beware.
Lube your intermediate steering shaft. It is very easy. Remove the bolt in the shaft that you can see from under the hood and push the steering shaft up toward the firewall. Where the shaft goes into itself place some grease and work it back and forth. This will last quite a while, but is easy to do again if need be. Replace the bolt and you should be go to go. The dealer will charge you $150 to do the same job. The knock goes away as soon as you test it out.
Sounds like your intermediate steering shaft. Its the slip shaft that runs thru the firewall. They have a slip-stick condition that makes a horrible rattle that you can feel in the wheel. Its a pretty easy repair. Just make sure the steering wheel dosen't spin while you are changing it.