5 Stars By DaveM on 2017-05-06
Better design than OEM, should work better long term.
Better design than OEM, the lower portion of the OEM intermediate shaft is splined only half way up its length which in my mind is a design flaw allowing leverage over time to weaken this area and create slop resulting in the chevy steering knock. The Dorman is designed to use the entire length of the shafts slide giving it better rigidity throughout. I also changed the lower steering wheel bearing at the same time which before putting it in can be checked by reaching under the dash & wiggling the intermediate shaft, if it moves in the bearing the bearing is worn. In my picture the Dorman is shown on top of the bubble wrap, the OEM is below it.
5 Stars By Katawba Valley Trading Co. on 2015-04-16
Fixes the clunking noise
This fixed the issue of the motorist clunk in the steering wheel. Part looked and felt high quality. Was made a lot better than factor. Made the steering feel a little tighter which I liked. Before it felt too free moving. Installation wasn't too bad. I watched a few YouTube videos to see how to do it. I read another review that had a escalade that had to remove the gas pedal. I had to remove the gas pedal also. It was held on by two 10mm bolts the I had to remove the metal bracket that it was mounted on. It had two 10mm nuts on the edge the one 10mm but right in the middle through a hole. Was a little tigger to go back through the fire wall gromet than the original. I joined the new one with the lower shaft the went back inside and lightly tapped the knuckle with me hammer and it slide back together. Put bolts back in and was done.
Make sure not to turn the steering wheel while the shaft is out. I didn't locked mine done like others reported and didn't have a issue.
5 Stars By Brandon on 2017-09-09
It fixed the problem.
I bought this part along with the replacement bearing (Dorman 905-512) to fix the rattling under my dash every time I hit a bump in the road. I have a 2006 2500hd crew cab duramax. I don't know which part actually fixed the problem, but if you're under there replacing one, you might as well replace the other. No more rattle, steering feels like I have more control. You can search YouTube and truck forums for how-tos. Great product and highly recommend.
5 Stars By Ricky on 2015-02-10
The end result is that I'm very pleased that this resolved the noise issue
Third time I've had to replace the intermediate steering shaft on my 2003 Suburban, which only has 74,000 miles on it. First two were replaced with The OEM GM part, but this time, I decided to do the work myself. The end result is that I'm very pleased that this resolved the noise issue; the question will be if it lasts any longer than the 20-25k miles I've gotten out of the GM steering shafts.
One negative to report, though: it was brutal getting the new Dorman intermediate steering shaft to mate to the lower steering shaft. It's as if the new part is right on the edge of fitting at all, so it took a lot of pushing, pulling, huffing and puffing, and more than a few smacks with a hammer from under the dash to get it installed. And yes, I did use a little lube but the tolerance is so close, it was rough getting it done.
Also, note that if your vehicle has the adjustable pedals, you will have to remove / lower the accelerator pedal out of the way, or you just won't be able to get the clearance and angle to pull the intermediate steering shaft through the firewall, towards the drivers' seat.
5 Stars By TD on 2017-08-16
fixed clunky steering
I installed this on my 05 Silverado 1500 last night with the new bearing (905-512) and it stopped all the clunking coming from the steering. Total job took me just over an hour, most of which was spent on the bearing, not the steering shaft. The only tools needed were a 15mm wrench and ratchet/socket.
5 Stars By OhioMike on 2010-04-16
If you clunk, buy this part
I replaced my clunking 2003 Avalanche intermediate shaft with this part today. The GM greasing solution does not work. You only need a 15mm box end wrench to replace this part. Duct tape your steering wheel to the shift lever so it doesn't rotate when the shaft is removed. There is a captive nut on one side of the shaft, remove from the bolt side. One bolt is inside the truck, one outside. Unplug the blue plug that is in the way on the bottom of the dash. Remove the shaft toward the inside of the truck with a bit of maneuvering. You may need a towel to wipe up the extra grease from the dealers attempt to quiet this noise :-0 Install in the reverse order. No more clunking. Honestly takes 30-40 minutes from the time you pop the hood.
5 Stars By Zephyr Inc. on 2016-05-03
Tighter Steering, Replaced Steering Shaft and Bearing
This steering shaft (and bearing) noticeably tightened up my steering. I was having a good amount of feedback through my steering wheel when going over bumps. I can't really say that I had any of the "banging" or "clunking" that many complain of, but this shaft is tighter than the OEM one I pulled off.
After replacing the shaft and bearing, my steering feels much tighter and more controlled. Since I did them both at the same time, I'm not sure if the bearing or shaft is what fixed the issue, but both of them combined certainly doesn't hurt. Steering bearing P/N: Dorman 905-512.
5 Stars By RockyMtnBry on 2014-12-09
Very nice! Rattle/knocking sound now banished.
Sweet! Even though I'm an engineer and an advanced automotive do-it-yourselfer, it was difficult for me to understand how a shaft like this could produce the rattle/knocking sound (and a little corresponding vibration through the steering wheel) that I was experiencing in my 2000 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L (new body style.) It was pretty easy to install - probably about 1/2 hour. As I was wrapping up the install and heading for a test drive, I was preparing myself for this not to fix the problem, but at least I would have eliminated one possible cause of the issue. But it DID fix it. Very nice. I would say it was not so much the rattle/knocking/vibration itself that bothered me, because I really only experienced it at low, parking lot speeds, but rather that the sound could mean that something was loose in the steering or suspension that I REALLY didn't want to be loose.
4 Stars By Jack of all trades on 2016-02-14
Seems to be good quality.
I gave it 4 stars because I don't know about the longevity of the shaft but it seems to be of good quality.
The factory shaft has a slip yoke very similar to a driveline slip yoke which is where the dealer packs extra grease in there to quiet the Clunk. This does not fix anything it just masks the real issue.
The dorman shaft has the old school "double d" shaped shaft like the 73-87 chevy's that just slide into each other which provides much move surface area in the slip that should keep it "clunk free" for a long time. So the only other question is: how long will the ujoint last? Only time will tell.
5 Stars By Jwsocal on 2017-08-10
fit as expected
beefed up version from the factory fit as expected no issues with install.
2006 chevy silverado 2500 duramax