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Unread 08-11-2012, 01:39 AM   #16
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I have the shudder/bump issue and am scheduled to get the intermediate shaft replaced next weekend. I've grown used to it over the past 15k miles (noticed the issue from day 1)... Has anyone experienced anything worse by getting it replaced? Ie bumping was worse, the replacement ruined steering alignment, etc? Again, I've become pretty used to it and just hope I don't end up with a worse result by messing with it... Or conversely, is anyone pleased with their replacement? Need some reassurance!

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Unread 08-11-2012, 10:58 PM   #17
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I have the shudder/bump issue and am scheduled to get the intermediate shaft replaced next weekend. I've grown used to it over the past 15k miles (noticed the issue from day 1)... Has anyone experienced anything worse by getting it replaced? Ie bumping was worse, the replacement ruined steering alignment, etc? Again, I've become pretty used to it and just hope I don't end up with a worse result by messing with it... Or conversely, is anyone pleased with their replacement? Need some reassurance!
I had mine replaced on my 2011 and it took care of the problem. Its a pretty simple fix takes about 45 minutes to change the shaft. It won't affect alignment. They just need to make sure the steering wheel is straight when they install it which I'm sure they will do.
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Unread 08-12-2012, 10:52 AM   #18
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I had mine replaced on my 2011 and it took care of the problem. Its a pretty simple fix takes about 45 minutes to change the shaft. It won't affect alignment. They just need to make sure the steering wheel is straight when they install it which I'm sure they will do.
Great! Good to hear.
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Unread 08-12-2012, 01:56 PM   #19
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So how do you tell the difference between a bad intermediate shaft and warped rotors if they both cause shudder on braking?
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Unread 08-13-2012, 07:52 PM   #20
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I'm not an expert but I've experienced warped rotors on previously owned automobiles.
Warped rotors were louder and usually was more audible when braking from 60 kph or faster and was a pulsating feel in the brake pedal.
This intermediate shaft issue is from what I've experienced a thumping feeling in the steering wheel when going over bumps.
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Unread 08-13-2012, 11:06 PM   #21
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so what actually fails on the shaft? does it have U-joints or CV type ends?
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Unread 08-14-2012, 09:49 AM   #22
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Looks like a u joint to me.It seemed that when the weather is really cold my steering felt fine.When it got very hot outside,I could feel a bit of looseness and a slight bump in the steering wheel when turning in parking lot maneuvers.Thats when I realized something was amiss!
Now I have read online that GM had a similar issue with some of their vehicles and they addressed it with a lubricating kit.
Seemed like they would pack all joints with grease so that it would smooth out all movement at the joints.
That's all folks!
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Unread 08-14-2012, 01:36 PM   #23
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This sounds like an issue I am currently experiencing. Is it a fairly pronounced thud that almost feels like the abs engaging in parking lot maneuvres? I've had it happen a handful of times but could not replicate to the dealer. Seems to happen out of nowhere usually when coming to a stop, all of a sudden you get a good bump as if something moved or shifted ??

Thanks for the info and updates Ernestd.
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Unread 08-15-2012, 04:34 AM   #24
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There is a TSB for the intermediate shaft repair.
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Unread 08-17-2012, 06:47 PM   #25
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I'm getting mine repaired tomorrow morning, I'll let you know how I make out.
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Unread 08-18-2012, 09:36 AM   #26
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I'm glad I was able to assist.
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Unread 08-18-2012, 01:57 PM   #27
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Sounds fishy to me.

From the moment I got my GC last September, I noticed a "light click" or knock in the steering wheel any time I hit a moderate/hard bump or braked moderately hard. It wasn't bothersome enough for me to make a big stink, so I vowed to wait until my 15k service to swap out the intermediate shaft.

Just had the service done today, and immediately noticed improvement in the steering feel over bumpy roads. Also slammed on the brakes and felt nothing in the steering. As far as I'm concerned, it's fixed.

If your dealer refuses to acknowledge the intermediate shaft bumping issue, I'd go elsewhere.
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Unread 08-18-2012, 02:56 PM   #28
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You're a good man dmaccloc.
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Unread 10-10-2012, 09:43 PM   #29
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Hey, did anyone notice a noise accoiated with this issue ? I think I have the shaft problem but I can hear what sounds like a light thud / tapping from near or behind the steering column in the dash. I can definitlly feel it a tapping in the wheel, especially when turing to the right, and/or on bumpy roads. Sooooo any noises ??
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Unread 10-10-2012, 11:11 PM   #30
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Hey, did anyone notice a noise accoiated with this issue ? I think I have the shaft problem but I can hear what sounds like a light thud / tapping from near or behind the steering column in the dash. I can definitlly feel it a tapping in the wheel, especially when turing to the right, and/or on bumpy roads. Sooooo any noises ??
I had my lower intermediate shaft replaced with the prevelant issue being a tap or knock through the steering wheel. Happen mostly when stopping quickly or accelerating from a stop, again quickly, on rough roads. There was no audible noise in the cabin for me.
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