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Any body had to do them yet? I got told by the dealership that my right side is bad. And not covered by warranty due to my shackles.... in the rear...
 

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HAHA that sounds like a load of bullshit to me lol. Check them yourself if you wanna make sure.

Lift the front of the truck on jackstands and raise the front wheels off the ground. Then grab the tire at the 3:00 and 9:00 positions by the tire tread or something rigid, and smoothly start out trying to wiggle the tire like your trying to remove it from the hub in a side to side motion for example pull towards you from the 9:00 position and push away from you at the 3:00 postion like your trying to turn the steering wheel but dont actually do it that hard, then switch between pushing and pulling on both sides. It should just feel like nothings happening and its rigid. Then get more and more agressive but not enough to turn the steering wheel the key is to wiggle the tire side to side at the borderline of not making the steering wheel turn. With our rack and pinion steering it should feel solid unlike s10s where its very sloppy.

If you feel a small pop or thunk when wiggling side to side this means your tie rods (inner or outer) are bad on that side of the truck. Proceed onto the other side and do the same. If it feels the same then your ok and most likely its normal however if you feel the same noticeable pop either both your inner or outer tie rods or both could be bad or you rack and pinion could be bad internally.

I doubt theres anything wrong with your truck i havent seen many issues with our steering besides the I-shaft clunk. But give it a try if it makes you feel any better.

EDIT: Oh yea one last thing you can do is check your wheel bearings for looseness by putting your hands at the 12:00 and 6:00 positions and repeat the same push/pull method i explained i.e. pull from 12:00 push at 6:00 then switch pull at 6:00 and pull at 12:00 vise versa, should feel nice and tight. If it clunks or pops then the bearing is bad.
 

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Thanks! I'll try that. Ive done the 'bearing' check.

Whats the I-shaft clunk? The reason I had them look at it, is I saw a TSB about a component in the steering system (stabilizer?) that cause the clunk that I have. Ive had this clunk since I bought the truck but never paid any mind to it ( I used to own s-10's :) ).. then I did my lift last week. I just passed 44k miles and fail to believe a tie rod end is bad.. Ive gotten more miles out of my VW's.. LOL
 

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Well i suppose a lift kit plus larger wheels can place a greater strain on your steering components.

The Intermediate Shaft clunk is a clunk noise felt and heard under the dash that alot of 355 owners are complaining about. GM has released an updated I-shaft for the 2007 models but no other years.
 
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