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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,990 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #14

Oct 232006


  • 24,757 miles


Abnormal noise of rattling, crackling, and clucking in steering column when making left turn or slightly turning steering wheel to left also driving vehicle at 15 mph or higher speed knocking noise consistent in steering column. My vehicle was serviced twice at mileage 24,757, and in 2007 mileage 41,309 by the dealer and repaired with new lubrication kit was installed into the intermediate shaft at no cost to me due to warranty coverage. However, my 2005 Tahoe has had the continuing problem throughout my sole ownership. Current mileage is at 116,000, on going defects as such is a manufacture defect, I will have to repair again with out of pocket cost average from $125 to $300.

- Madera, CA, USA

problem #13

Jul 012014


  • 88,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chevy Tahoe, which recently I have been having many problems, I was wondering if there any recall notices for this vehicle...service air bag light is on...ABS light is belts on middle section does not work correctly, it gets stuck many times...steering sometimes gets stiff.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #12

Mar 222012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
Approximately 5:50 P.M. as my daughter and I were driving down a busy road the car stopped without warning. Many of the dashboard lights came on and the steering locked. I was able to crank again to pull it into a business parking lot. I was not completely in the parking space and was concerned about upsetting the flow of traffic for this business, but could not crank the car to get it completely in the parking space. As I was out of town, the vehicle had to be towed approximately 75 miles. When the guy came to tow the car all the lights were still on, steering still locked and unable to start engine up. The guys at the Chevrolet dealership where it was towed started working on the vehicle on Friday morning by closing they still had not figured out the problem with the car. Around lunch time on Monday they realized it was the ignition switch. The part was $49.52 but the labor was costly. I ended up paying $476 to have the vehicle repaired. Really did not feel safe driving the car for quite some time. Can't believe my vehicle will not be covered under this recall when it is the exact same symptoms. My statement on the repair order states, "the customer says the car stopped as she was driving down the road."

- Greenwood, SC, USA

problem #11

May 112005


  • 105 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact stated that when turning, there was an abnormal noise coming from the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 105 and the current mileage was 65,000.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #10

Sep 172013


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The contact was driving 30 mph when the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and an independent mechanic for diagnosis however no reason for the failure was determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Gaithersburg , MD, USA

problem #9

Jul 252013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Was driving South on highway 77 when my Tahoe starting to bounce on the front end then starting fish tailing from white line to white line tried to correct and had no steering. Then went off the right side of road and hit a driveway and flipped end over end then back over headed in the opposite way. There was a person watching the accident happened and he stated that the truck was bouncing going down the road then went out of control and flipped. Had Tahoe serviced in March for a popping noise at richard kay superstore in anderson South Carolina where they stated they fixed the problem. Stated was a steering shaft. They replaced it. Callaway wrecker service stated that there was a problem in the front end that was very suspicious. With one of the wheels and where was connected to the frame. This would have been where the bouncing came from where the tire was turned sideways.

- Hartwell, GA, USA

problem #8

Nov 222007


  • miles


I a 2005 Chevy Tahoe that has the 3rd steering ball joint mid shaft broken again. I had the last two repairs done and needs it again, this is a very known problem with these model vehicles and was told by the dealer that General Motors is not going to do anything, I was told to deal with it. The fact is that this is a distraction to the driver when driving and in worry if the steering will become disabled when driving. This concern needs to be reviewed before an accident does happen. At this time the problem is only a distraction and feels unsafe when driving, but this needs to be investigated before an injury or death occurs for this common complaint by many Chevy Tahoe, sub, truck owners.

- Anderson, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 062007


  • 24,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71. Upon turning, could hear and feel in steering column a popping type noise/feel. Took it for service, and it was determined the intermediate steering shaft was broke. Part replaced under warranty.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #6

Feb 152007


  • 20,000 miles
2005 Tahoe intermediate steering shaft began to rattle at 20,000 miles. Dealer repair was to "grease intermediate shaft". this remedied the problem for another 30,000 miles. When I spoke to dealer about problem (out of warranty) they explained that it "wasn't a safety problem, just irritating rattle because grease had worked its way out of shaft again." The fix? replace shaft with new composite shaft. Cost: $240. Then I was informed that GM knew of this problem for several years (even before previous repair) but did not replace the shaft under warranty, simply applied new grease to defective shaft. GM waits until warranty expires to advise you to replace shaft-at your expense. I hope this problem is fixed now, but shame on GM for this manner of business. And GM can't figure out why consumers don't return to them?

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 032009


  • miles
Clunk noise and feel in steering wheel became worse after about 2 months then took to the dealer it was the steering I-shaft part number 19153614 my 2005 Tahoe had 40331 miles at time of repair cost to me was $113.88 I feel I should not be charged for this repair because it is a known problem to Chevrolet.

- Tenino, WA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012006


  • 70,000 miles


I have a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe with a problem with the steering shaft. It was repaired under warranty on 03/01/06 with 20,385 miles at our local Chevrolet dealership. The dealers remedy was : "E7700 shaft, steering intermediate replace". the remedy lasted only about two years before the banging noise when turning returned. It now is accompanies with a loose sounding banging noise when on bumpy roads. The problem has increased in severity over time. I have a 2003 Chevrolet pickup, and am experiencing a similar situation, although not as severe as with my Tahoe. This appears to be a persistent problem with GM, and poses a safety issue as other customers have described steering lockdown associated with this issue.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 172008


  • 38,000 miles
Power steering hose leaking on engine.

- Dubai, 00, USA

problem #2

Oct 102008


  • miles
While the vehicle was still under factory warranty it was serviced at a GM dealership for rattling noise in the steering. They said they had to apply grease to the steering shaft because the grease shifted down. This identical noise started again and was brought back to same dealership around a year later. The factory warr. Is up but we have 3rd party ext warr. They changed the steering shaft and bearing this time and my deductible is $100 dollars. I asked the shop why this was not done on the first visit and they told me the parts were not avail. At that time and about 1,500,000 of this type had the rattling problem until GM came out with this revised shaft and bearing to keep the grease in. This is a factory defect and should have been addressed and changed by GM.

- Mamou, LA, USA

problem #1

Apr 222008

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The vehicle we currently own and two previous vehicles we have owned all have had the same problem in the front end. It is a known problem that Chevrolet Tahoe have and although is has not caused an accident or injury it does pose a problem and Chevrolet will not issue a recall. A steering shaft must be replaced and the cost for the part alone is over $ $80 plus labor to install. The first vehicle we had we spent between $ $500 to $ $600 before the problem was found. The second vehicle we spent I believe around $ $150 and the current vehicle will be the same. The Chevrolet part # is 19153614. At one point in talking with a Chevrolet dealership they had mentioned that this ws a known problem but nothing Chevrolet considered to be "serious", therefore I have to put up with the noise and uncomfortable drive unless I want to pay out of pocket myself. I do not feel a vehicle with under 50,000 miles should have issues such as these for an extended amount of multiple years.

- Princeton, KY, USA

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