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NHTSA — Steering: Gear Box (Other Than Rack And Pinion) Problems

4.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,797 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.

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1999 Chevrolet Suburban steering problems

steering problem

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1999 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 012002

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving slowly or fast, at different times, and not every single time, turning to the right around a curve or turning a corner the steering holds the turn and then all of a sudden lets go of that hold. I can correct it by slightly turning the steering wheel left and then back into the turn. Sometimes it holds the second time and sometimes it lets go again. This is repeated until the end of the curve or turn. Steering gear, pitman arm, steering pump all replaced and problem still is present.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #4

Oct 152002

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,984 miles
Steering box leaked and pinion seal leaking. Also the vehicles steeing was erractic and the steering feels loose at times at speeds above 25mph. Steering box and pinion seal were fixed. The steering sensor was checked by dealer and they said there was not a problem. Car continues to drive "erractic" for the last 2 months, occuring daily.

- South San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 291999

Suburban

  • miles
Steering is erratic. Vhicle bounds about as it travel and wanders excessively on the highway driver must fight the wheelandwill unexpectedly pull or veer to the left or right when this occurs, the steering sensor has been repleace 5 or 6 times, bearings 4 gear box 3 adjust bearing 1 total times to machanic cevrolet 9 times same problem and today again same steering this will be io times dates.4/29/99 5/17/99 7/10/00 9/7/00 2/11/02 5/12/02 5/24/02 5/27/02 5/29/02 5/30/02 something must to be done it is very dangerous it is not safety we have almost hit cars, cement barrier or this problem will stop un till the truck kill my family and more innocet peopleit is outrageous that these problems are occurring on a new vhicle.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 052002

(reported on)

Suburban

  • miles
While driving at any speed and activating the brake system vehicle will pull to left or right unexpectedly. Dealership has examined vehicle numerous times, and has been unable to remedy the problem by replacing brake rotors/ steering box, and brake calipers. Please provide any additional information / documentation.

- Aurora, OR, USA

problem #1

Jul 081999

Suburban

  • miles
Vehicle has had several major component failures since time of purchase, the electrical system failed whereas it left us stranded twice with a no start condition, then the brakes started to excessively squeek and pull, then the brake wore out prematurely, then the vehicle started to pull to the right excessively and drift, eventually pulling to the right when brakes applied, then the power steering system had gone out while driving, it has been outrageous that these problems are occurring on a new vehicle.

- Encino, CA, USA

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