Severe "chatter" in steering wheel on 2017 Bolt EV

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Feb 5, 2019
We recently experienced periods of severe though very intermittent "chatter" (vibration) in the steering wheel of our 2017 Bolt EV. Took the vehicle in for tire balancing and wheel alignment, but this didn't cure the issue and was found not to be the problem. Current tire wear is normal with plenty of spare tread before we need new tires.

Based on the intermittent nature of this problem, I suspect there's something going haywire in a part of the electronic controls on our vehicle -- power steering, anti-lock brakes, automatic tracking controls, perhaps.

Has anyone else experienced and dealt successfully with resolving this issue?

Please advise.

If it is noise that occurs while driving and not which stationary, then it may be simple tie-rod end. I had a bothersome noise about 3 years ago that the dealer said was in the rack and pinion steering. (Some 2017's apparently had that problem.) The dealer replaced the rack and pinion in ours 2017 ($2600!) and the noise was still there. They insisted on replacing it again (no charge this time) and the noise was still there. Finally, they replaced the left front ball joint and the noise went away and is fine 20,000 miles later.