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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,667 miles

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1998 GMC Suburban steering problems

steering problem

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1998 GMC Suburban Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 302002

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


This concerns NHTSA action number : EA99011. I had a steering module that failed. Prior to replacement of the module, the steering wheel would periodically jerk as if to increase the rate of turn significantly when I was in a turn, either left or right. After replacement of this module at the GMC dealership (at about 50,000 miles, as I recall), the jerking instantly stopped. I now have about 111,000 miles, and the same jerking has begun again (at about 100,000 miles) from time to time. If a driver unfamiliar to the propensity to jerk in turns was driving, I could definitely see where the unexpected jerking may cause them to lose control. The latest jerking comes and goes and is not very consistent from week to week yet. When it gets more consistent, I will ask the dealership to replace the module. I don't presently recall for sure, but I think I may have paid for having the sensor module replaced the first time. The incident date below is an estimate, since I don't have my records of the first steering module replacement with me as I am filling out this form. Also, the purchase date was in January, 2000, but I don't recall the exact purchase date and don't have my purchase records with me.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #2

Apr 012003


  • miles
Nar 04/28/2003. Mr the consumer experienced problems with his vehicle. The vehicle leaked oil, engine idled roughly, coolant system leaked, there was a problem with the dome light, steering, the rear axle, the left rear glass rattled, the air condition, battery, suspension were all inoperative. The fuel filter, mirror transmission seat, seat belts, wipers, alternator, brakes, fuel pump.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 082004

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving and when turning steering wheel jerks in the same direction.

- Beaver, WV, USA

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