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Average Mileage:
36,332 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Jul 272016

Silverado 2500

  • 1 miles


Pitman arm to center link broke during slight left turn a low speed leaving residential driveway. Vehicle had no steering after event. All original oem equipment with no modifications. Steering gear box had previously been replaced years earlier all other components original.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #35

Jul 102014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 171,000 miles
Making left turn from loop 375 exit ramp to turn left onto Montana ave. In el paso tx. I was waiting for light to turn left. Light turned green I proceeded to make left turn and in the turn the steering came really hard to turn I went up on the curb and attempted to stop and the brake pedal went to the floor. There was enough brake to stop. Good thing this did not happen when I approached the intersection or would have been much worse. There was no warning light or chime. I checked fluids and they were all full. When I took it to mission Chevrolet and explained what happen they gave me the impression they already knew what was wrong like this is a common issue. Today I got a call from them and confirmed that it is the power assist for the brakes and power steering. Why if this is a known problem the consumer does not know about it?

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #34

May 012013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
While turning the steering wheel, I could feel a clunking, as though the linkage was very loose. I talked with the Chevy dealer, and they were aware of the symptom and it was in the steering column. They said it was cosmetic, but did not affect safety. They said it would cost about $275 to fix it, but it is not clear if that would be just a temporary fix. Sometimes, this symptom also appears while driving straight ahead, but most often while in a turn, particularly at lower speeds.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #33

Jan 252012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 37,617 miles


Purchased new in 2005. With low mileage and at 7 years old, clanking sounds from the front driver's side started. Felt somewhat in the steering wheel. Dealer replaced and wrote the "intermediate steering shaft to be binding." Cost, $300. Truck not used off-road and half the miles are towing a 5th wheel trailer. Don't know if this has anything to do with it, but doubtful. I read many others via the NHTSA show this problem too, yet no recall ! seems a safety issue to me. Currently, I'm experiencing this again as of 041114 @ 51,000 miles @ 9 years old. Will be taking vehicle to dealer - again.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #32

Jul 052007

Silverado 2500

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500hd. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph over uneven pavement the steering column began to rattle. In addition, the odometer failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the instrument cluster was replaced. The steering column shaft was placed on order. The vehicle will be repaired when the part becomes available. In 2006, the steering column shaft was replaced and the failure recently recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 8,000.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #31

Feb 242013

Silverado 2500 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 #30

Aug 152012

Silverado 2500

  • 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 #29

Aug 202012

Silverado 2500

  • 80,000 miles
Linkage from steering wheel to tie rods fell off. Vehicle was in a parking lot. Linkage came apart which disengaged the saftey air bag. Cost to tow to the shop $75 to replace the bolt and spring for the linkage and saftey air bag the repair is $735 stay away from GM products. It is a good thing that this did not happen on the highway or the results would have been horrible!

- Chubbuck, ID, USA

problem #28

Jul 092012

Silverado 2500

  • 55,000 miles
The steering was causing us problems. We took the truck to our local auto repair shop and they informed us it is the idler arm. After researching this topic it seems this has been a problem reported before. It also occurred on my uncle's 2005 Chevrolet truck. However, despite these reports there has not been a recall. Please notify me regarding the complaint. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- New Carlisle, OH, USA

problem #27

Jul 012010

Silverado 2500

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. The contact stated that a clunking noise emitted from the steering shaft while driving at all speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the steering shaft was worn out and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 71,000.

- Herkimer, NY, USA

problem #26

Jul 182011

Silverado 2500

  • 23,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 hd. The contact was driving approximately 15 mph when he noticed a loud abnormal noise. While accelerating to approximately 50 mph, the noise would diminish. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic and they advised him that the steering box had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised him that there were no recalls. The failure mileage was approximately 23,000.

- Florence, OR, USA

problem #25

Mar 012011

Silverado 2500

  • 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 #24

Mar 102010

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chevy 2500 I have had the steering shaft replaced 2 times already and now at 80,000 miles it has gone out again. I have contacted GM about this problem, they are aware of the problem but unwilling to do anything about it, they say its not a safety issue. Well maybe they should drive it for a day they would think otherwise. It feels like the steering wheel shaft and all is about to fall out of the truck, I am afraid to even have my family ride it the vehicle with me. I have researched online and this has been a ongoing problem for some time and GM has not addressed the problem. I would advise whom ever to get online and research all of the blogs etc of people having same problem their are so many it would take me months to read them all. I spoke will GM again last week and they told me to contact your office and report it to you if I want this problem resolved. I believe it is a safety issue and should be recalled. If the steering shaft vibrates long enough it will break and then no steering. Thank you for looking into this issue and helping me and the millions of other people experiencing the same problem. Again this will be the third time this part has been replaced first at 20,000 then 42,000 and now at 78,000.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #23

Dec 082010

Silverado 2500

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 hd (na). While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact began to apply the brakes to make a right turn. While turning with his foot on the brake, the contact noticed that it took extreme effort to steering the vehicle and apply the brakes. The contact pulled over and noticed that there was a hose leaking which was connected to the power steering pump. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the vehicle was not included in recall 05V455000 (steering: Hydraulic power assist: Hose, piping, and connections). The current and failure mileages were approximately 90,000.

- Annville, PA, USA

problem #22

Jan 012006

Silverado 2500

  • 5,000 miles
Steering: (1) engine vibration felt in steering and seat when brakes applied. Dealership said excessive and said it was the powersteering hose bringing in the engine vibration. No fix. Started in 2006 and continues. (2) intermediate idler arm causing knocking feel in steering wheel when going over the slightest of bumps. Manufacture knows of problem and only bandaids problem by greasing part. Once warranty is out, no free greasing/labor. Problem started within 1st year and continues. You have to take parts a part to apply grease to location. No more GM for me or my family of 7 children, and any grandchildren I am ever asked to co-sign for.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #21

Jun 102010

Silverado 2500

  • 43,280 miles
Power steering hose ruptured and lost brakes and steering. Had replaced at a independent shop and was told by G.M. was not one of the affected vehicles.

- Hatboro, PA, USA

problem #20

Oct 292007

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. While the contact was driving approximately 30 mph the brakes were engaged and a sudden loss of power steering occurred causing the vehicle to swerve off of the road. Extreme pressure was applied to the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician refused to inspect the vehicle and stated that they were not responsible for any under carriage corrosion regardless of the severity. The manager agreed to replace the corroded power steering tank and repair the brakes. The manufacturer was notified and stated that they do not cover any corrosion under the service warranty due to the environment. The manufacturer also stated that the warranty would not apply to corrosion failures where the residence was close to a beach with exposure of salt in the air. The failure mileage was 23,000. The current mileage was 28,000. Updated 05/28/10. Updated 10/12/10

- Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

problem #19

Dec 102008

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
On two different occasions with my 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 I experienced power steering and brake loss after starting the engine and beginning to drive.. steering was very hard and I had to "stand" on the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. After a few minutes it all began to work again but I was without power steering and brakes for several minutes. I took it to my dealer and they replaced the brake unit and replaced a hose on the power steering pump. Parts are probably not available as I left them at the dealer. Now I am getting a slight surge when brakes are applied and this is one of the events that happened before the failure causing me to fear that failure might happen again.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #18

Oct 012009

Silverado 2500

  • 50,000 miles
Excessive free play in steering along with clunking sound, especially erratic while pulling trailer. At low speeds the primary symptom is the clunking, rattling sound along with the free play. At highway speeds, the erratic steering becomes the predominate symptom although the clunking and rattling sounds remain.

- Pinehurst, TX, USA

problem #17

Sep 132009

Silverado 2500

  • 12,000 miles
Steering has been an issue with this truck since 12K and has been into the dealership for repair 5 times since. Issue appears about every 8K-10K miles. Bearings, joints, seals, all sorts of 'causes' have been identified and each time I'm assured it is fixed. Only have 54K miles on this 2005 truck and I am again facing the dealership who is now less interested in helping since my warranty has expired. I'll never buy another Chevrolet.

- Decatur , GA, USA

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