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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,000 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Suburban steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 152005

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles


The steering column U joint that connects to the steering box has loosened causing a clunking in the steering wheel. The U-joint has not failed as of this time, but a failure or binding could easily result in the loss of control of the vehicle. The dealerships are aware that there is a common problem with this part and offer a "grease kit" to remedy the problem. However, grease will not take the play out of a loose U-joint. This is a cover-up remedy to make the looseness less obvious. The dealership wants over $300 for a replacement part alone and claims it is a restricted part since it is part of the energy absorbing system in the event of a collision. The looseness was first noticeable with only 13000 miles on the vehicle. The problem has continued to worsen since first noticed.

- Vienna, VA, USA

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