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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
37,800 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. the solution is replacement (4 reports)
  2. re lubricate the intermediate drive shaft with expensive lub (2 reports)
  3. not sure (1 reports)
  4. replace hyroboost (1 reports)
  5. replace i-shaft (1 reports)
  6. take cover off firewall around shaft and spray WD-40 (1 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 012007

Tahoe LS 4.8L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


i love my Chevy Tahoe,the noise is very embarrassing,it makes your vehicle feels cheap,they should have a recall on this part i had this problem fixed about 2 years ago its time to fix it again, my warranty want fix it so every 12 months or 2yrs you got to fix this problem yourself, the parts about 100 dollars and the labor including tax is about a 100. basically everyone i asked has the same complaint. Chevrolet should stand behind its product better, thats why people is buying more foreign vehicles. I believe in American made product, but Chevy you got to get it together !

- , Hazlehurst, MS, USA

problem #9

Jan 042010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

This noise has been going on for quite a while I took it to a dealer and he said there was no reason he could find - thought it might be the way the tires are waring

Now I was just told there is a recall on the steering shaft, how do I find out about it

- , Port Jervis, NY, USA

problem #8

Oct 232007

Tahoe LT 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

I initially started hearing and feeling a grinding noise back in 2007. It only occurred while making tight turns into parking spaces.. Irvine Chevy said the fluid levels were low and added fluid. The noise went away for about 2 weeks. I just learned to live with the noise and never took it back. In 2009 while having standard oil change, the mechanic told me Chevy recalled a lot of 2004 Tahoes for power steering pumps and suggested I contact GM because mine needed to be replaced, which quoted a little over $500. Tustin Chevy confirmed my power steering pump needed to be replaced and also quoted about the same price as the other. Lots of phone calls and emails between me and GM resulted in my vehicle's VIN is not identified as being listed in the recalled vehicle list concerning power steering pumps. Irvine Chevy was closed in 2009 and GM will not assume their negligence nor are they willing to provide monetary assistance for repair. Since it doesn't seem to do anything other than make that grinding noise, I'm having to live with it until my budget can afford to replace it. Seriously Chevy, MAN UP and take responsibility for your faulty parts!!

- , Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 102006

Tahoe Z71 5.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


Pain in the butt noise clunk from around main steering shaft. Fed up with excuses from dealership. Three bolts hold the cover over the shaft to the firewall. I took the spray tube from the WD 40 can and sprayed up onto the shaft. Good for about two oil changes. Easy to do and costs pennies. Good luck.

- , Manchester, NH, USA

problem #6

Sep 122007

(reported on)

Tahoe LT 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

This was the second time I had this problem. The first time at 48,000 miles. That put a band aid on with the expensive lube. Well since the first time, they came up with a fix. Replacing the I-Shaft. Said that GM redesigned it and this would take care of it. Well, we will see. Just money you know. Seeing that it was not a safety issue, they felt there was no need to stand behind the product and admit guilt. They weren't driving it and hearing the noise. So if you are having the same problem, that is the fix if you want to pay for it out of your pocket. Oh by the way. I did contact GM on this and they confirmed that this has been a problem. But again, did not want to take responsibility. Said they were drawing the line. Well, they were right. It was time to draw the line. I have purchased my last GM product. This was not about the money. It was the principle of the whole thing. Good luck with yours!

- , Dayton, OH,, USA

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problem #5

Nov 152006

Tahoe Z71 V8

  • Manual transmission
  • 34,000 miles

I had the clanking noise start at 30000 miles or so sent the vehicle in for repair they said it was covered under the warranty so my local chevy dealer replaced the part something to do with the steering shaft now the noise is back at 45000 miles and of course now I have to pay for this out of my own wallet chevy knows this is a problem that keeps coming back how come they will not step up to plate and issue a recall for this problem? The only real solution is to sell the tahoe. Any takers??

- , Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 222006

Tahoe Z71 5.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles


Intermediate shaft initially failed at 18,000 miles, leading to an annoying vibration in the steering column. The dealership repacked the shaft and it lasted until about 25k miles. This time, the shaft was replaced and the problem has not reappeared yet (35k miles on truck).

- , Hamilton, OH, US

problem #3

Jan 132005

Tahoe V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

There was a reoccurring problem with the steering shaft. I had to keep taking it in to get it lubed. I would say 4-5 times from 2004-2007. I even requested a reimbursement from GM because I paid for one of the lubes @ about $150.00 I never saw a check, from GM or the dealership then they replaces the shaft because of a new one as of 1/2007. Now in 2008 I had to replace the steering gear at $950.00! Ouch, I hope this takes care of my steering issues!

- , Torrance, CA, US

problem #2

Apr 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

This "clanking" noise on low-speed turns was really annoying. I noticed it a couple of years ago when I first started driving the vehicle. Hoped it was not some kind of CV joint problem, but realized the vehicle didn't have front wheel drive. Just kept hearing the clanking/clunking/metallic-rap when I did low-speed maneuvers (forward or backward). Reported the problem when I took the car for hyroboost replacement and was told the warranty didn't cover a non-mechanical failure. Our problem here was lack of lubrication, but there's no way to lube the part, so I have to bite the bullet and pay for the repair. Bummer!

- , Emerald Isle, NC, US

problem #1

Jan 292007

(reported on)

Tahoe LS 4.8L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

Every 20,000 miles or so, the steering column knocks when turning. I took it to the dealership, and they said it was a common problem, but not a safety issue. The only way to fix it is to lubricate it with special lube every 10,000 miles or so, which costs between $100 and $135, depending where you take it. I asked if they would come up with a solution soon, since it was a defective item from Chevrolet, they said "no." They would not even cover the cost to fix the problem. I asked if they will EVER fix this problem, they said "probably not." Chevrolet should cover the cost to repair this item if it is a known defective item.

- , Radcliff, KY, USA

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