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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,184 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche steering problems

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #12

Mar 212016


  • 92,207 miles


4"takata recall" the contact owns a 2004 Chevy Avalanche with a set of capitol precision trac ll tires on it. While pulling off in the vehicle and driving around 35 mph you could feel the back end shaking and wobbling like the lug nuts were loose. The vehicle was pulled off the road to investigate the shaking issue where was found that the tires tread was separating making humps and waves in the tread. This happened on the highway at 92,207 miles on vehicle and 7, 319 miles on 265/70R17 capitol precision trac ll tires. The vehicle was parked for a few days until getting tires to replace the capitol tires but once the vehicle started moving to take it to the shop to replace the tires the front had started to shake just like the back at 92,221 miles on the vehicle but not as much. Walmart changed the tires and the technician reported the tires were really bad with tread separating from the tire and also that this brand tire were recalled. I have taken these tires back to tire pros where it was purchased and now is awaiting them to send these tires back to the tire company for an investigation of the tire. The recall # is 14T013-8570 if I'm not mistaken.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #11

Nov 012015


  • 190,000 miles
Vehicle developed a clunking, while driving, that can be felt in the steering wheel. It does not matter the type of road. Mechanic advised that it was the steering shaft.

- Throop, PA, USA

problem #10

Jun 022009


  • 35,000 miles
Loud popping sound from crossmember and, defective intermediate shaft on steering. 2004 Chevy Avalanche.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 102006


  • 29,981 miles


The front left wheel sounds like it is bouncing, rattling and loose. This has been diagnosed as an intermediate steering shaft needing to be repacked and the steering gear box needs to be replaced. This problem has existed since I purchased the vehicle. It has been repaired twice under warranty. Now that the warranty has expired, GM refuses to pay for the repairs. GM claims this is not a safety issue. However, I am concerned that it will become one since this is a steering problem. It is clearly a design defect since many other Avalanche owners have the same issues.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #8

Oct 262007


  • miles
The steering gear boxes on most GM trucks. They have to be taken to dealer for service every 30,000 mi 150 dollar charge. It makes you think there is something loose in the front end. Had mine replaces but after 30,000 mi. It's back.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #7

Oct 062008

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. The contact stated that the tailgate straps were rusty and beginning to fail. In addition, the ABS speed sensor was slow at stopping the vehicle. The ABS would pulse and the vehicle would take longer to stop. The steering wheel was loose and vibrated when driving over a bump. The shaft bushing is also failing in the steering wheel column. The manufacturer stated that there were no recalls for the failures; therefore, the contact would be responsible for the repairs. The failure mileage was 86,000. Updated 3/5/09 updated 03/10/09.

- Negley, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 202008


  • 80,000 miles


I am unable to drive my 2004 Chevy Avalanche due to the hydraulic brake system going out which makes the power steering go out as well. Prior to the system going completely out it occasionally it would be hard to turn the steeri ng wheel upon starting up the vehicle I contacted the recall department in referenced to this but they stated that even though my vehicle is the year and model fitting the recall my VIN does not fall in the batch. Why is this when I am having the problem which almost caused me to have an accident due to the brakes going out. Can this be rectified. I had the problem repaired but it started again.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #5

May 162007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,016 miles
Steering some times making a knocking type noise, brought to dealer steering shaft needed to be replaced was told Chevy knows about the problem.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #4

May 252007

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
At idol or low speeds like pulling into a parking space, it was as if my 2004 Avalanche had no power steering to the right and only the right. Upon taking it to a mechanic, they pulled up a service bulletin stating there is a problem with the steering box and there is a redisigned steering box and should be replaced, I done that and $732.96 later the problem is fixed at my expence when it is their poor disign. Side knote: My wifes a cancer patient, I should be paying dr. Bills with that money!!!!!

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

problem #3

Sep 172006

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
My 2004 Avalanche started making knocking sounds when turning corners - took it to the dealer and $700 later and a new steering yoke the knock was squelched (not gone) and the speedometer coincidentally started moving like a second-hand on a watch (jerky) - took it to the dealer and they want $525 for a new cluster that they say is not common - looking on the web, I found this to be a very common problem with Avalanche and the waiting list can be in the hundreds before me - if this is so common, why isn't there a recall and why does the dealer deny the number of occurrences?

- Byhalia, MS, USA

problem #2

Sep 162005

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Popping noise in the front end. It has been repaired 5 times by the dealer and the problem returns. It is do to go back this week to be repaired again. The dealer has replaced the steering shaft, lubed the front end, drilled and elongated the cross member's mounting holes, added washers, and combinations above.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 102004


  • miles
Continued problem with pop/noise in front end of 04 Avalanche while turning and turning while in reverse. Chevrolet has issues several tsb's for this problem, but the problem persist. At the moment it has not cause any accidents but myself and other Avalanche owner are fearful that it will develop into a safety concern if not permanently corrected.

- Florence, SC, USA

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