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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,773 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #13

Feb 242013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


Coming home after a night of bowling with a truck full of kids. I could feel and hear a grinding noise coming from the front end. I thought it was my brakes until I got back into town. When I hit the brakes and moved the steering wheel back and forth I could I knew it wasn't my brakes. I took the front tire off the next day and I could wiggle the wheel hub back and forth. Very dangerous. I feel lucky that nobody got hurt. The road I traveled home was hwy 32 and it has alot of curves. This should be addressed. Every Chevy that has this problem should be notified. Im a back yard mechanic. I knew something was wrong. What happens with the single mother who knows nothing about this stuff. She's going to be lucky if she doesn't get in an accident or worse yet. Killed!

- Ceadr Grove, WI, USA

problem #12

Aug 152012


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact noticed a clunking noise from the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic advised that the intermediate steering shaft would have to be replaced. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 05V018000 (steering:gear box:shaft sector) that the contact believed was related to the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 31,000.

- Catharpine, VA, USA

problem #11

Mar 012011


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated while driving over a bump in the road and turning the steering wheel the vehicle made a loud clanking sound. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 67,000.

- Burgettstown , PA, USA

problem #10

Mar 262009


  • 72,000 miles


Clunking noise and vibration in steering wheel on 2005 Chevy Silverado. This happens every time you turn or hit a bump in the road. GM states that this is not considered a safety issue, however I disagree. Any unexpected vibration or clunk in the steering mechanism while driving presents a dangerous situation. GM knows this to be a wide spread problem on a number of vehicles, however they continue to turn a blind eye. Apparently the intermediate steering shaft is the center of the problem and GM needs to issue a recall on this part at once. So far nothing has been done to correct this issue on my vehicle and GM seems to be unwilling to work with me to attain corrective action. I sincerely hope that the NHTSA will require General Motors to fix this problem before someone is seriously injured.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #9

Jul 262007

Silverado 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,741 miles
2005 Silverado with brake problems customer states that this is a safety defect* the consumer stated approached a stop sign and realized the brakes were not working properly and the power assist was not working. The consumer left the vehicle with the dealer for 2 days to assess the problem but to no avail. The consumer stated he took the vehicle to a dealer where he had previous work performed on the vehicle such as steering, but they were also unable to duplicate the problem.

- Grand Saline, TX, USA

problem #8

Aug 082006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering problem freeplay of 1 1/2" or better at the steering wheel.a constant challenge to keep this truck between the lines in windy weather, and in heavy traffic. Dealer says they have changed part after part with no change. Now service manager says this is characteristic of the hydroboost steering system. GM wont go past what this service manager is saying. Can you please help!!!

- Gardnerville, NV, USA

problem #7

Apr 302007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,161 miles


Very hard to steer at low RPM.

- Plymouth, CT, USA

problem #6

Jun 012006

Silverado 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 duramax diesel, 2500: Approximately 10 - 11,000 miles the steering shaft was causing problems. Dealership only "lube kit" vs. Replacement. I was told that too many vehicles needed replacement they started only replacing if vehicle was involved in a crash. Also, the lube is only a bandaid and will need to be done over and over through out term of operation of vehicle. Not safe if left unlubed. This truck also has started excessive vibrating [16,500 miles] while engine is running and the vehicle is in park, drive but stopped via brake; neutral and brake applied. Brake being applied increases the excessive vibration. I do not feel safe in this vehicle and I have stopped driving it.

- Middleburg, HI, USA

problem #5

Aug 072006

Silverado 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 duramax diesel, 13,000 miles - steering shaft; I've been "shafted". dealership only grease vs. Replacement due to cost to manufacture. No more Chevy for me or my family [7 children!].

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 042006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,842 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the vehicle rattled, knocked and the steering wheel had excessive play. The dealer replaced the short shaft on the steering mechanism, however the problem recurred. The intermediate shaft was replaced. Updated 02/27/07.

- Greenbrier, AR, USA

problem #3

Mar 312005

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I special ordered a 2005 Chevy 4X4 truck because I wanted a single cab. When I first got it, something didn't seem right about it and about the 3rd day I realized the steering wheel was off center. I took it back to gus paulos Chevrolet in slc Utah and they were seemingly stunned also. The salesman actually went around the lot looking to see if other trucks were off center also. They were. There was a factory rep there, having some 30 yrs with GMC and it took him a long time to see what I was talking about also. Salesman said he'd call back to the factory and find out why they were like that. Called me a couple days later and said it was a safety feature. What"!?!?! a safety feature for how many years and you didn't know that??? and how come the trucks are off center and the cars are not??? how come Ford and Dodge aren't off centering theirs!??" it was scary driving this truck in the rain as I felt I had no control. Like driving on ice! I used it to pull my horse trailer (MINI6 horse slant) and my trailer swayed on this truck! I have been pulling horse trailers all over the us since the early 70S and have never had a trailer sway on me before! not ever! on the freeway, when a semi would pass, they would literally blow me (with the trailer) to the other side of the lane!!! when using cruise control, it would accelerate on the level/flat and not on hills!!! I live at the end of a dirt road and when it got washboardy that truck would practically jump off the road! my Toyota rides it like it's just slightly bumpy! this truck was a lemon! a danger to drive on the road! other people that rode in the truck with me could tell/feel the insecurity of it! my vet (horse) told me he once (and never will again) owned a Chevy truck and with the vet box on the back, his truck swayed also! he agreed it was like driving on ice. If you need more details, I'd be more than happy to supply you with them.

- Plain City, UT, USA

problem #2

Mar 132006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,561 miles
: the contact stated the front driver side wheel makes a clunking noise and the steering wheel is inoperable. The dealer inspected the vehicle several times and was unable to determine the problem; however the steering shaft was lubricated. Additionally, an independent mechanic inspected the vehicle and determined the steering box was loose.

- Madison, WV, USA

problem #1

Aug 162005

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,750 miles
The 2005 Chevy Silverado crew cab, just started without notice getting very hard to steer from a stop or slow speed, noticed a "grabbing" of the wheel when slowed to make a turn. Determined the cause to be the power steering pump went out, no further details were given, and the part was replaced.

- Campti, LA, USA

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