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Chevrolet replacing driveshaft under warranty

3002 Views 29 Replies 15 Participants Last post by  JimGnitecki
This is probably old news to some of you, but just in case others don't know, Chevrolet IS replacing the aluminum driveshaft on my 2004 SSR with a newly designed one that includes some sort of dampers that will eliminate the "ting" sound I get right now every time I put the SSR into gear, forward or reverse, and sometimes duing gearchanges as well.

What prompted me to investigate is that I drove up to a speedshop where I am planning to get my rear axle ratio changed soon, and the experienced mechanics there instantly asked "do you know your u-joints are failing?"

I took the SSR into the Chev dealer and a Chev mechanic verified that the "ting" was there, but found out that Chevrolet has identified the cause as windup in the aluminum driveshaft followed by sudden release against the u-joints. They have developed a modified driveshaft design that includes some form of damping mechanism to prevent this phenomenon. The dealer orderd it in, and when it gets here, he will install it in about one hour of work.

I wanted to get this corrected BEFORE I had the rear axle ratio swapped, so that there can be no claim that the ratio swap somehow caused it.

Jim G
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Hey, Cruzned.

I "helped" the GM tech install mine - he hadn't seen the tonneau go up before.

It's not a bad do-it-yourself project. I would rather have done it myself, but they had the hinges, and it was warranty.

You can handle it with a second body to help lift and re-install the tonneau. I would recommend using some wide masking tape to keep the flipper attached to the tonneau. We used a large towel on the rear deck to make sure nothing got scratched. Unbolt the tonneau, put it aside, then remove the hinges from the truck, after disconnecting the hydraulic cylinders - just a matter of getting a flatblade under the clip, the popping them off. There are also clips holding the hycraulic hoses in place.

With the new hinges installed, next step is to re-install the tonneau, then lower it carefully and slowly to see if the parts all clear. I would suggest putting masking tape on the front edge of the rear lid, and rear edge of the tonneau, in case there is interference.

No problem with the install - biggest issue was re-adjusting the tonneau to fit properly. Still have an issue with one edge being slightly higher, and had hoped to get instructions from jimjack on how to deal with it. He indicated that was his job at Lansing, but unfortunately has not replied yet - maybe because the plant is closed?

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