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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,082 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 122007

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,500 miles


I bought my 2003 Chevy Tahoe in October 2006, and within 3 months after I had it the steering shaft was vibrating terribly, made me very nervous as it felt loose. I took it to our local mechanic who checked it out and assumed there may be a recall but there was not so he stuck a bunch of grease in it and it was good. That lasted about 6 months and again in another 6 months or so. I have had it in 3 times for this issue and have to pay each time to get the steering shaft greased and I think that is ridiculous. This is a top dollar automobile so one would think these problems would not be an issue. Very disappointed.

- Butler, OH, USA

problem #7

Mar 282007

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
The steering has popping and pining when turning left or right almost sounding as if the wheels are going to come off of the tie rods, suspension. You can feel it in the steering column. Hard steering.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 012004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Shortly after my year warranty on my 2003 Chevy Tahoe I had a knocking noise in the steering column. Chevy put heavier grease in it. The noise has returned shortly after and has continued to this date yet in 2007. If you google search this problem you will see many people have the same problem even after steering columns have been replaced. When will Chevy fix this problem for consumers.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 132006

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Steering column makes loud grinding noises and vibrates while turning wheel. I have taken it to be repaired/replaced 4 times in 3 years and Chevrolet doesn't think this is a problem. As someone else stated, once your warranty is over you will get no help from Chevy. One time they replaced my drive shaft, but the problem still exists. I'd love to see a recall as that's the only way I'll ever get the thing rectified.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 172005

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Thumping noise in the steering column. Started at approximately. 24000 miles. Dealer replaced steering shaft (pn 88963611). At 32000 miles the problem has returned. GM does not have a permanent repair for this problem. Chevrolet will not cover this problem after the manufacturers warranty expires. Consider this before purchasing this model truck.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #3

Aug 252003

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 153 miles
1. knocking in front end, intermittent steering shaft is out. I have been on waiting list since September 2003 and still not fixed.(in a wreck this component is what keeps the steering rod from projecting into the cab; per Chevrolet mechanic). 2. Sept. 2003 transmission: Grinding/vibrating sound in the middle of vehicle (think this is my torque converter), neutral position from a complete stop and while driving. Been in shop on 2 occasions and still not fixed, mechanic says the vehicle computer doesn't show any problems, so they won't fix it! 3.front differential leaking. Jan. 2004 to be fixed when steering shaft gets fixed! 4. passenger heaters come on by themselves. Nov. 2003 still not fixed 5. front driver's seat won't hold memory settings. Nov. 2003 still not fixed.

- Roland, OK, USA

problem #2

Oct 092004

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering column rattles/knocks.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #1

Jul 202004

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Steering wheel feels loose. Thumping noise from stering wheel. Also loud cracking noise from front suspension when turning in driveway. Loud cracking noise from lower front windshield especially at freeway speeds.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

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