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Old 06-23-2018, 01:18 PM   #11
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If y'all could help me real quick it'd move this on faster.. I can't for the life of me get that steering shaft under the dash to move out of its slot. I took the one 13mm bolt from under the dash out, and the 15mm bolt under the hood out. I pryed on it a bit and got it out maybe an inch. Now it won't budge. Got a hammer on it with a flat head and won't move. It's getting reallllyyyyy irritated. Whats the trick to this 2cool?
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Old 06-23-2018, 03:12 PM   #12
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Not sure if any of y'all are actually keeping up with this, but I finally got the steering shaft to come a loose. Lots of blood sweat tears and prying with a flat head. Took the old bearing off, and can already see that it is the problem. It's wore out. Now it's just a matter of getting the new one on, which is apparently supposed to be the hardest part. Once I get it on and bolted back up I'll know 100% if it fixes it
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:59 PM   #13
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She's rolling smooth now!! All it was is that bearing.

Here's the deal about the job in general..... It's supposed to an easy 30 min job, which it could be. However, I didn't know it, but the upper shaft moves in and out (safety feature.) Mine was rusted up and corroded, which is why it took me about 2-3 hours to get the **** shaft out! Ended up replacing the upper shaft, but only because it was froze up. It was not causing the rattling noise.

If that had not happened, I'd say the hardest part of the job was getting the new bearing put on. You have to grease it, and you have to be at the right PERFECT angle for it slide on there. Once I finally got it started on there with a **** ton of force, I put a 15/16 wrench on the shaft behind it and kind of just used the wrench for leverage to pull it up on the shaft.

Easy job, $20 part. I'm happy!
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:45 PM   #14
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My 1999 Silverado started doing that at around 100k miles. After about six months it just stopped making the clunk sound. I'm at about 380k miles now and have not heard it since.
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Old 06-24-2018, 01:03 AM   #15
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Glad you got it fixed. I’ve been listening to mine for about 6 months now but I’ve been to lazy/busy to take care of it.
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She's rolling smooth now!! All it was is that bearing.

Here's the deal about the job in general..... It's supposed to an easy 30 min job, which it could be. However, I didn't know it, but the upper shaft moves in and out (safety feature.) Mine was rusted up and corroded, which is why it took me about 2-3 hours to get the **** shaft out! Ended up replacing the upper shaft, but only because it was froze up. It was not causing the rattling noise.

If that had not happened, I'd say the hardest part of the job was getting the new bearing put on. You have to grease it, and you have to be at the right PERFECT angle for it slide on there. Once I finally got it started on there with a **** ton of force, I put a 15/16 wrench on the shaft behind it and kind of just used the wrench for leverage to pull it up on the shaft.

Easy job, $20 part. I'm happy!

That's great information- thank you. I believe I will have my local "shade tree" mechanic try this.
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Glad you got it fixed. I’ve been listening to mine for about 6 months now but I’ve been to lazy/busy to take care of it.
Hell, I'd do it for ya! I could always use some easy cash
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I appreciate it but I’m about 100 miles from you. You got me wanting to tinker with the truck again though. I think I’m going to check it out this set of days off. Need to do the brakes soon also.
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I appreciate it but I’m about 100 miles from you. You got me wanting to tinker with the truck again though. I think I’m going to check it out this set of days off. Need to do the brakes soon also.
Yeah again, it's a simple job as long as your upper steering shaft isn't rusted and froze up. If it is you'll know it, because you're going to have a hell of a time trying to get it to move. But before you do anything I'd climb underneath the dash and wiggle that white circle looking deal around to make sure that is what is causing your rattle. Plenty of YouTube vids on this job.

I'm with you on brakes too. I need to either get new rotors or have them machined as well. She's got 198k miles so simple things are starting to need replacing. That Duramax and Allison may last forever, but the body around it still has almost 200k miles......

I don't ever plan to get rid of this truck so I do everything I can to make sure its right! You take care of the truck, the truck will take care of you
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I just had mine replaced last weekend and it fixed the problem completely. Cost me $29 for the part and $100 for the labor (local shade tree mechanic). Money well spent

Thanks again for the info
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