definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,989 miles

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2005 GMC Sierra steering problems

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2005 GMC Sierra Owner Comments

problem #9

May 032012

Sierra 8-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


Power steering stops working on slow right hand turns. I sometimes need to back up in order to complete the turn. I also end up crossing into oncoming lanes if no traffic is comeing towards me. If there is traffic I need to stop in the middle of the turn until the traffic clears. The "check airbag" light came on at 85000 miles after the battery discharged from the vehicle sitting to long without being driven.

- E Tawas, MI, USA

problem #8

Apr 012014

Sierra 8-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
I took my truck into fitzgerald auto mall, with whom I've had a great relationship, for some power steering issues. I was told that the brake system piping itself was rusting and would need to be replaced to the tune of $1600. I researched this and found that this is a common issue with GM trucks and there hasn't been anything done about it. GM has reduced the cost of the repair "kit" to $500, but who is going to install it? I have had many vehicles and lived in many states where salt is used on the road. I've never seen a vehicle that had so much damage because of it, especially a critical system like brakes. This should have been a recall years ago. I don't think the owners of these affected vehicles should have to pay to fix an engineering mistake. GM should be liable and fix it for free. Thank you.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #7

May 012009

Sierra 8-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Truck with a full-size camper was parked for less than 5 min. Before it blew up and burned up. North american technical & forensic services examined the truck and determined that the cause was a powersteering fluid leak in the left front engine compartment at the powersteering fluid line or line connections. After the fire, I contacted GM regarding the incident and asked if they had any record of this type of fire and they said no. However, in checking the recalls, there was a recall for powersteering leakage. GM then filed bankruptcy.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #6

May 012005


  • 15,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 GMC Sierra. The contact stated that the steering shaft does not have enough grease and causes the steering to stiffen up while driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer at least five times for the steering shaft to be re-greased, but that has not remedied the issue. The contact feels this is a safety issue because the steering stiffens and makes it very difficult to drive, which could lead to a crash. The current mileage was 49,000 and failure mileage was 15,000.

- Scotchberg, NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 092008


  • 70,547 miles
The contact owns a 2005 GMC Sierra 2500. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact experienced difficulty with the steering. He drove the vehicle to a local repair shop and had the tires re-balanced. The mechanic stated that the tires were fine; however, they were wearing on the outside. A front end alignment was recommended. He took the vehicle to another repair shop and the mechanic stated that they would be unable to repair the front end alignment due to defective inner tie rod ends. The vehicle was repaired nonetheless. The dealer stated that they were not responsible for reimbursement. The manufacturer was not notified. The current mileage was 82,054 and failure mileage was 70,547.

- Palm Dale, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 152006


  • miles
Returned to dealer 4 times for: Brakes going out (4 new sets installed) abnormal wear on tires (F) valves chattering at 10-65 mph returned to dealer 3 times for: Steering sector knocking front axle making warping noise transmission clunking when shifting up or down returned to dealer 2 times for: Various electrical/light problems smoking in passing gear or hard take off all of the above problems are still on-going and have not been repaired.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #3

Jan 202007

Sierra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,250 miles


Intermediate steering shaft has been rattling for a few weeks now, and my truck only has 38,000 miles. I'm told that lubricating it will only stop it short term.

- Warr Acres, OK, USA

problem #2

Oct 012006

Sierra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
For the past 6 months I have noticed that my steering wheel shakes when I slow down at stop signs. I also have noticed a clicking/knocking noise when I make turns and I can feel it through the steering wheel. I will be scheduling an appt. For this immediately.

- Porterville, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 142005

Sierra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,100 miles
I have issues with my alignment, dealership can not fix the problem it has been in service 9 times for the alignment. I also have knocking noise and a steering shaft problem again dealership has not resolved the issue.

- Jacksonville , FL, USA

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