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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,989 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Chevrolet Silverado steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 112012

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 179,420 miles


Returning from deliveries, backing into drive to reload, steering completely failed. No steering at all. You can spin the steering wheel in either direction with no response.

- Del City, OK, USA

problem #6

Mar 072006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles
: the contact stated while making a slight turn in a curve, the steering wheel jerked making a sharper turn. This began in September 2005 and the dealership was unable to determine a problem. This progressively worsened. While driving 55 mph, down a mountain, the steering wheel jerked causing the vehicle to hit a rock wall and the vehicle spun out of control. There was a police report taken at the scene. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard, where the insurance company deemed the vehicle totaled. Although, the seat belt was worn, the contact sustained minor injuries.

- Villa Grove, CO, USA

problem #5

May 192003

(reported on)


  • 51,000 miles
When the vehicles steering wheel was turned to the left while driving about 20 mph there was a spot where it felt like the steering wheel was slipping.

- Granite Falls, NC, USA

problem #4

Mar 262003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,500 miles


1998 Chevrolet Silverado (K1500) - the tension required to turn the steering wheel momentarily becomes very loose while making right-hand turns. Driver gets the sensation there is no control of the vehicle during this time. Dealer says there is no recall but the mechanic at the same dealership told me that he has replaced hundreds of "steering wheel speed sensors". I had no choice but to fork out $200 to have it replaced. Seems to be ok now, but for how long?

- Blountville, TN, USA

problem #3

Dec 102002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This truck is equipped with speed compensated steering; steering position sensor went bad which allowed the steering to get tighter. The owner was informed by the dealership that "he has sold dozens of the sensors due to chronic failure". once this sensor fails the truck is uncontrollable, at any time.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 112000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When making a turn steering wheel will jerk either left or right. Vehicle has been repaired by dealer for the problem once. However, problem has reoccurred. Dealer replaced the power steering gear box, also consumer found oil on top of the steering box.

- West Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 012000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At certain positions steering wheels has catches from hard to soft, causing oversteering. Manufacturer filed a complaint for consumer.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

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