• Recall: 690,685 Units of 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 Require Power Steering Upgrade


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    Chevy Silverado 1500

    If you own a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 that was built between January 2013 and September 2014, this recall will most likely affect you. It has to do with the electrically assisted power steering system (EPS). National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced this recall that affects 690,685 trucks.

    We do not cover all of the recalls, but this one is significant because it involves a lot of trucks and affects a lot of people. Please use the NHTSA link to see which recalls affects your vehicle.

    The recall is addressing a problem with a temporary loss of power steering assist, especially at slower speed maneuvers. Since the steering may get unexpectedly heavy, this presents a safety concern.

    The remedy is for your dealership to update the software that controls the steering system. This will be done free of charge. No hardware changes or modifications are required under this recall.

    We have not experienced this problem during our testing. Here is a 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 on the Ike Gauntlet™ – world’s toughest towing test.


    Andre Smirnov
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    41 thoughts on “Recall: 690,685 Units of 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 Require Power Steering Upgrade

          1. Yeah, both suck and not trying to downplay the GM recall, but it’s at least software related. I hope the F250’s mechanical failure is found to be an isolated case.

            1. problem is, this is like number 6 on the software updates for me. really need over the air updates! I have only done one during the 24k free service tire rotation . I don’t have time for this shit! They’ll just do em all with tires this fall.

            2. Canoepaddler, Barra is pushing hard for over the air updates and I hope she can pull it off. It’s long overdue and would save millions. It would also save time for customers.

            3. That is so true. I cannot see why more manufacturers are. It doing it. The only reason I can think of is possible hackers. There was a thing on the news a few years back where hackers were able to
              Link into Jeeps and control them. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ysAam9Zmdv0

              But having a secure connection to a home wifi or sat connection seems pretty doable.

            4. My 2014 steering has failed 3 times in 2 months and it wasn’t for only a “second” as reported. The damn truck shut down and died. Dealer charged me $750 for new battery cables said it was fixed. Then third time tried selling me a new battery to fix it. I showed him the recall print out that states there is no fix yet developed by GM –dated June 29, 2017

          2. Stuff like this happens all the time. All manufacturers have recalls. It is the nature of the industry. It is better to issue a recall than to pretend there is nothing wrong.

      1. By the way, 2015, 2016 and 2017 models are having the same issue—only no govt. mandated recall yet. Haven’t met the NHTSA number threshold for requiring GM to recall the trucks.

    1. I’m guessing that number is actually Silverado and Sierra combined recall. From what I can find the only sold ~530k Silverados in 2014.

    2. Andre – – –

      Just out of curiosity, is the Silverado’s steering a rack-and-pinion (R&P) design, or is it the older recirculating ball method? [I DO NOT approve of R&P for trucks!!!]

      (I had the electric rack-and pinion steering completely go out on me in a 2006 BW 325i, and had I not just pulled into a parking spot, it could have been a VERY unhappy thing while moving at road speeds… Should never have happened.)

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      1. Bernie, all 1500 series trucks use Rack and Pinion steering. In fact they are electric assist and not hydraulic.

        1. Distinctively and Jimmy – – –

          Wow. Thanks. Times certainly have changed. Now everyone wants to “feel” the road! Is a pickup truck supposed to be a sports car too (which is where all this R&P stuff started)?? If I want to “feel” the road, I usually get out of the vehicle and rub my hand on the pavement, but maybe that’s just me…

          The trouble with this sports-car based R&P, for use in trucks use, is:
          1) Poor mechanical advantage compared to recirculating ball (RB). R&P requires HUGE boost from the vacuum or hydraulic-assist systems; or, when it’s electric, it can burn out, as on my BMW. (My ’74 Dodge D100 had NO assist, and its RB worked just fine: no modern R&P can survive, or be usable, without an assist system of some sort: its inherent mechanical advantage is too low to generate the torque needed.)

          2) No Adjustability. With RB, as wear occurs, just change the oil and tighten the top screw; with R&P, you REPLACE the whole thing! Think $$$.

          Here are some other issues identified in the link referenced below the extracted text:

          “Leakage – – –
          Because of the simplicity of the system, rack and pinion steering requires fewer parts to function properly. However, this places a greater strain on the individual parts, and the wear can cause leakage, requiring replacement of the rack assembly.

          Less Durability – – –
          When installed in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, rack and pinion steering can cause problems when driving off-road. While this simple system provides responsive handling on paved roads, the greater force required to turn the wheels on drastically uneven ground can cause it to wear out much more quickly.

          Vibration – – –
          Its simpler construction and reduced number of parts help rack and pinion systems provide more road feel than other steering mechanisms. However, this more intimate connection with the road can also transfer more noise and vibration to the driver and passengers.” [NOTE: Steering backlash is also more likely to occur, — in which the steering-wheel counter-rotates rapidly and suddenly on its own: how many off-roaders got their thumbs broken by that?! – BK]

          ref: https://itstillruns.com/disadvantages-rack-pinion-steering-7199421.html

          Frankly, I have driven my zippy 2007 Jeep Wrangler through turns and over all sorts of surfaces, and its Saginaw RB system gives me all the on-road and off-road feedback and control I need (with NO on-center sloppiness), — while being smooth and powerful. R&P would gain nothing, make things worse, and break down. I am gad that my new Ram 2500 diesel has RB!

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          1. Bernie,

            Ford and Ram have been using electric rack and opinions since 2011 and hydraulic much longer than that. GM had electric in 2014 but not sure when they went rack and pinion. But in reality they are a robust system. I have seen hardly any failures on the Ford side and I believe the same manufacturer supplies the same ones to Ram. So I assume they are as reliable. As far as reliability goes, the rack and pinion steering would be one of the last things I worry about. I have seen more issues with recirculating ball steering.

          2. Bernie,

            I think electric rack and pinion is a good thing. With electric, nothing CAN leak, because it uses no hydraulic fluid. The advantage of electric is that you remove the power steering pump, fluid reservoir, and piping to and from the pump, reservoir and rack. It saves a small amount of weight, but also removes the ever-present parasitic drag on horsepower and fuel economy. And, not having a pump and reservoir frees up space under the hood.

            Driving a half-ton with rack and pinion is much more precise than driving a truck with recirculating ball. The half tons are more nimble. Being electric, you can add things life a variable-ratio rack, self-parking abilities, trailer backing up assist…granted all stuff you don’t need but this stuff helps sell trucks to non-truck people.

            One note: For the 2011-2014 model year F-150’s, every engine option was equipped with electric power steering except the largest 6.2L engine (packaging issues prevented having the electric rack). Interestingly, the only F-150 in those years with a snow plow package available was the 6.2L engine trucks with hydraulic steering. The reasoning was that the added weight of the plow would cause excessive wear on the electric rack. Plowing with an F-150 with an electric rack during those years would void the warranty.

            Starting in 2015, all F-150’s come with electric racks, and the snow-plow pack is now available on these trucks. So presumably the electric rack they have now is more durable.

    3. The pro of that is having one less squealing pulley for the drive belt. The con is that it puts the responsibility on the electrical system.

      1. Thats why they run larger alternators now. Ive actually seen way less problems with the electric assist racks vs the older setup where yout replacing pitman and idler arms and tie rods constantly. But then again it hasn’t been around thst long yet so wait and see. Do seem to replace a lot of steering angle sensors on newer GMs tho

        1. I wonder if that has something to do with how easy it was to grab a socket wrench and lift the front of your truck to the moon thanks to the old torsion bar setup through 2007 classics. Maybe since the newer trucks require an actual leveling/lift kit of some sort it’s not as easy (and therefore common) to destroy your front-end angles on the newer trucks. My 96 Z71 required one pitman/idler arm change in 250k miles but only had to accommodate 285’s and a level stance.

          1. Yep I see so many guys with steering problems because they have their torsion bars cranked. You lose a ton of strength in the steering system when everything is angled down on a leveled front end.

        2. Steering angle sensor is not used with the EPAS system…that sensor is used for the stability control system.

      2. Modern serpentine belts rarely squeal, unlike the old V-belts. But seriously, most of your time driving is going straight and not turning. With a hydraulic power steering system, the pump runs at all times, placing a load on the engine…even when you’re not steering. The electric racks only place an added electrical load on the vehicle when you are actually steering. They also work great during frigid cold weather, when hydraulic systems tend to moan and groan until they warm up.

        A higher-amp alternator places additional drag on the engine. So for the most part, manufacturers tend to only supply an alternator with an adequate amount of amperage. For example, VW’s have been using electric power steering since 2010 or earlier. Yet they only have a 130A alternator. But a Jetta / Passat / Golf is fairly lightweight compared to, say…an F-150. So trucks equipped with the EPAS have a 220A alternator. Larger, higher-torque engines can also handle the added electrical drag better than a small VW engine, for example.

    4. Numbers don’t add up. They couldn’t have sold 700,000 1500 trucks that year. Unless they only sold like a dozen 2500 and 3500 trucks. I need to find those sales numbers

      1. Total sales combined chevy/gm for 2014 was 742,000. Take away 690,000 1/2 tons and Chevy had a pretty crappy 50,000 3/4 and 1 ton trucks sold that year. Ford and Ram really do own the HD market.

        1. Interesting little tid bit Daniel. If them numbers are true this not impressive sales for the hd gm trucks. While Ford and ram keeps uping the hp tq dsl gm has not that and that might reflect that sales numbers for the gm hd.

      2. You looking at calendar year sales? The 14MY started shipping around May 2013, so it could’ve been a longer production run.

          1. In this case, you’re not counting the first seven/eight months of sales during the 13CY for an all new 1500 model, typically when demand is the highest. Then the 14MY probably had another nine months of sales in 14CY as well, so again, looks like a longer production run for that model year that can’t be counted on a calendar year basis.

            As for HD sales in 14CY, let’s not forget the all new 15MY HD’s launched in late 2014, so I’d imagine those that could wait decided to delay purchasing until they could get their hands on the new version, perhaps moving their purchase into 2015CY.

            1. Especially with the overhaul of the interior on the HD’s. Lots of guys probably held off for the 2015 model.

      1. More of a programming error. Can’t really have glitches with computers unless they fail. It usually comes down to bad programming. Since they are not replacing the module, it comes down to a error in the calibration.

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