definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,460 miles

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 steering problems

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 052014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 38,958 miles


Started truck up and let idle for two minutes. Upon take off, the traction control light came on and was immediately followed by the check engine light with a message stating engine reduced power. The truck then begins to run very rough and when the brakes where applied it violently and uncontrollably lunged forward. I pulled off the road, turned off the engine, and waited a minute or two. Upon restarting the engine, the check engine light came on but the reduced power message and traction light where gone. After sitting at a light for a few seconds, the symptoms where back, nearly causing me to rearend the vehicle in front of me. I pulled over again, turned off the engine for a minute, restarted and the same results as before occured. Now this happens every time the truck is running and sits in the same spot for more than two or three minutes.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #5

Oct 312013

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
While driving around a highway bend in the road the steering wheel locked up and would not move going 60 miles per hour. I'm a big guy and really used all my force to turn the wheel and final got to break free with a loud pop from the steering colum area. This has happened about six time since and I now have only 20,000 miles on it. I am a shop owner and ase master tech, so I know what I am reporting this is crazy dangerous.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 022013

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Driving on the freeway, when truck started running rough. I managed to make it to the side of the freeway before the truck stopped working. Towed to GMC dealer. Broken throttle body sensor and broken steering position sensor connector.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #3

Apr 102012

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles


The contact owns a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact stated that while utilizing the four-wheel drive mode, he attempted a left turn, but the vehicle would not go forward, until he turned the steering wheel back to the right. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 4,500. Updated 11/23/12

- Brookhaven, PA, USA

problem #2

May 312011

Sierra 1500

  • 7,800 miles
Accelerating up on ramp to MA pike with wheel turned. While merging with traffic at speed wheel locked in turned position. Forced wheel back straight with much force and a loud pop sound from steering. Due to the amount of force required, many people would not be able to unlock wheel and may crash. This has happened two times in last 30 days. Dealer refuses to make repairs, claims can not make happen when in their possession. Dealer's only instructs to pull off road next time it locks and call onstar for assistance.

- Belchertown, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 202011

Sierra 1500

  • 1,500 miles
While driving down the interstate today, the steering locked in position. It took both hands to force it to turn, at which a pop was heard from the steering column area. Vehicle has driven normally since. Truck only has 1,500 miles on it. No consumer debris could have caused the problem.

- Fairview, TN, USA

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