really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,951 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #21

May 182006

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 18,310 miles


Steering rattle both felt and heard. Returned to dealer 5/18/2006 mileage 18,310. Intermediate steering shaft lube. Problem returned months later. Wrote to GM, they said a new shaft was available but I would have to pay to have it installed. I asked if there was chance of steering failure or extreme tire wear, they said no studies have been done and would not predict if a steering failure would/would not occur.

- Alamogordo, NM, USA

problem #20

Jun 252007

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 20,000 miles
Clunking sound in steering since about 20K miles.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #19

Jun 012008

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2005 Silverado work truck. It started as an annoying clunk' and has turned into a continuous clunk. After doing research, I found the intermediate shaft is the problem. The dealer wont touch it even though there is a bulletin for '03-'04 models. If this shaft fails at highway speed the driver is in deep trouble. Why has this not been made a full blown recall?

- Millbury, OH, USA

problem #18

Apr 102008

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 47,000 miles


Steering column making rumbling sounds. Recall by nhsta posted on internet, however, manufacture states there are no recalls of such. Truck is just out of 3 year warranty. Manufacturer needs to address this problem with all 2005 models in this class. This is a safety issue according to the NHTSA due to a possible loss of steering while driving. The manufacturer should be made to fix this problem permanently, and not just temporarily like I have heard from others having this problem. The dealers charge for a fix and the problem just comes back after a short period of time. This should definitely be a recall by Chevrolet and GM and they should be made to fix it permanently. If my steering goes away, and a crash follows, they will not have to worry about fixing the problem, they will have to worry about being sued.

- Pelion, SC, USA

problem #17

Mar 242008

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While attempting to turn the vehicle, the contact heard a loud bumping noise coming from the steering column. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the intermediate steering shaft. He is in the process of calling the manufacturer in reference to NHTSA campaign id number 05V018000 (steering:gear box:shaft sector). The failure mileage was 27,000 and current mileage was 28,400.

- Sioux City, OH, USA

problem #16

Nov 182007

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While driving over a bump in the road, the wheel felt as if it would fall and when applying the brakes he could feel movement in the steering shaft. This failure continued to occur at various speeds. The dealer repaired the steering shaft assembly; however, approximately 8 months later the failure reoccurred. The dealer stated that they are aware of the defect and installed a current version of the steering shaft. The failure reoccurred on July 27, 2008 one hour after he drove the vehicle from the dealer. The failure mileage was 22000 and the current mileage was 25700.

- Milledgeville, GA, USA

problem #15

Jan 152008

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 65,000 miles


Speedometer is erratic. Started at approximately 65,000 miles. Speedometer maxes out, does not work or reads improperly. Dealer informed me that the 03 and 04 models have a recall on the stepper motor but the 05 model does not have a recall. The speedometer does not function properly 90% of the time. Do not know exactly how fast the vehicle is going. Vehicle has approximately 72,000 miles now and the problem still exists. Dealer said that a replacement would cost approximately $500 to fix. Who can afford this after paying for a $35,000 vehicle. Especially after having the steering shaft replaced numerous times, new intake gaskets, catalytic converters, blower motor wires smoked and melted. Just a junky truck for the high price.

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #14

Feb 222007

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Took 05 Silverado 1500 to dealer for a noise in steering (clunking sound) when it was still under warranty. Dealer re-packed the steering shaft. A couple of months later and after warranty the clunking sound came back. Wish I had know to settle for a new intermediate steering shaft from the get go after further research.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #13

Jul 262007

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 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 #12

May 012006

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering makes a "squealing" noise at low speeds while turning to the right. I have taken this problem to the dealer the sold me the truck several times before they identified the problem. They claim that it is common on this vehicle, but I am the only one who seems to have the issue. Original dealer will not attempt to repair the problem even though it is still under warranty.

- Pleasant View, TN, USA

problem #11

Aug 082006

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 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 #10

Apr 302007

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,161 miles
Very hard to steer at low RPM.

- Plymouth, CT, USA

problem #9

Jun 012006

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Steering column/shaft feels as if its coming loose, taking to dealer to fix.

- Forked River, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jun 012006

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 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 #7

Sep 162006

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 24,000 miles
I have two Chevrolet products, a 2002 Tahoe and a 2005 1500 series work truck, both which have a clunk in the steering when driving the vehicles. My wife refuses to have the dealer work on her Tahoe so she puts up with the noise. I had the dealer repair the work truck and the defective part was identified as "an intermediate steering shaft". after checking this out on the internet, it seems that GM has this problem with all of the trucks/SUVS from the model run 1999 to the finish of the model run 2006. We are talking about a shaft that connects the in- cab steering assembly to the steering box in the engine compartment. It starts off with an occasional annoying clunk and progressing to a full time noise that can be heard and felt in the steering wheel. I believe the problem is in the collapsible part of the shaft as GM's response has been to lubricate the splines in the shaft and / or replace it. Whether the original shaft is repaired (lubricated) or a new one is installed, within 2K to 15K miles the defect is back. For GM to continue manufacturing trucks and cars (yes, their cars have the problem too) is simply tempting fate. How long before the splines on one of these shafts fails and makes the steering wheel no longer connected to the steering gear below? when that happens there will be a crash. So far GM is quietly replacing these parts, satisfied with just getting the customer out of warranty. I realize this will probably go nowhere, I just feel that it needs to be reported as a possible threat to the vehicle operation.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 072006

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 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 #5

Jan 042006

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 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 #4

Nov 052004

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,337 miles
Noise in steering clunking sound

- Brighton, TN, USA

problem #3

Mar 312005

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 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 1500 Hybrid 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

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