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Chevy Shake recalls and lemon law

“Chevy Shake” Recalls and Lemon Law

If you drive a Chevrolet, or if you’re in the market for one, you should definitely be aware of a common problem known as the “Chevy shake”In this article we’ll clearly describe what the “Chevy Shake” is and take a look at some of the most common models experiencing this issue.

There are several videos online of Chevy vehicles shuddering and shaking while in motion. This phenomenon is typically observed when traveling at 35 mph and is even seen in vehicles with mileage under 1,000 miles. Some drivers have even noticed shaking at speeds of just 25 mph.

The vehicle most affected by the Chevy shake is the Chevy Silverado, which has been nicknamed the “Shake-arado.”

According to multiple class action claims, GMC vehicles are allegedly unreliable and hard to handle. At first, the cause looked to be a mystery to the public. Two likely causes were later identified in multiple class-action lawsuits – the eight-speed transmission and the aluminum driveshaft (reviewed in detail below).

If you leased or purchased a defective Chevy in California it is very likely that you are entitled to compensation.  Contact Cali Lemon Lawyers for a free Chevy Lemon Law case evaluation.

Understanding the Chevy Shake: A Defect That Causes the Steering Wheel and Other Parts to Shudder

At highway speeds, the “Chevy shake” is a disconcerting car defect that causes significant tremors in the vehicle’s steering wheel, suspension, and other parts (65-80 mph). Motorists describe the phenomenon as a frightening and uncontrollable tremor that pervades the vehicle.

chevy steering wheel tremors on highway

Most GM dealerships have been unwilling to resolve their clients’ problems. Customers return for several fixes yet are still unable to have their vehicles’ issues resolved. If this is the case for you, you’ll want to contact a lemon law attorney immediately.

Why Does the Chevy Shake Occur?

Following several class-action lawsuits, two possible causes of this occurrence have been identified. These are the eight-speed transmission and the aluminum driveshaft.

Eight-speed Transmission

In the Francis versus General Motors class-action lawsuit, the motorist claimed that substandard 8L90 and 8L45 transmissions were used in a number of SUVs and trucks. This class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of customers who have had problems with faulty transmissions in Cadillac, GMC, and Chevrolet vehicles.

Eight-speed Transmission

The hydraulic mechanism in the eight-speed transmission is believed to be faulty, putting strain on the gears, which causes them to become worn. As a result, metal fragments become lodged within the transmission, causing it to fail.

If a motorist accelerates, slows down, or shifts gears, affected vehicles could experience severe vibrations and violent shaking. Many customers have also complained that their car slips between gears and accelerates slowly.

How Did GMC Handle the Reported Issues with Transmissions?

General Motors is said to have been aware of the problem since 2015 when it began issuing Technical Service Bulletins for the eight-speed transmission. These bulletins simply provided short-term fixes, which did not address the issue of the damaged part. General Motors has yet to issue any transmission-related recalls.

Issues with the Aluminum Driveshaft

In the Chevy shake class-action lawsuit, Kim Bostick versus General Motors, claims were made that the aluminum driveshaft in the affected vehicles, which is also known as the “prop shaft,” was a cause of the shuddering.

Aluminum driveshafts are responsible for distributing power from the engine to the wheels, and it has been identified as one of the leading sources of shaking and driveshaft deterioration.

After a certain amount of deterioration, the vehicles may become impossible to drive. Many customers have reported that this problem occurs most frequently when traveling at highway speeds, although this could eventually result in the driveshaft coming off the vehicle.

How Did GMC Deal with Problems with Aluminum Driveshafts?

Sadly, the company simply issued Technical Service Bulletins instead of recalls, in the same way it dealt with the problem of eight-speed transmissions. Instead of providing a solution for vehicles owners affected by this fault, GM has worked hard to conceal the driveshaft problem.

According to the lawsuit, the manufacturer could have easily rectified the problem by using steel driveshafts rather than the problematic metal ones in its cars. The Chevy shake produced by this component has been reported in a variety of Cadillac, GMC, and Chevrolet models.

What Are the Common Complaints that Users Reported?

chevy shake complaints

Shaking and shuddering aren’t the only things that the drivers of Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GM vehicles experience. Here are some of the other things drivers have complained about:

  • Transmission failure
  • Stalling while in motion
  • Slowing down unexpectedly
  • Sudden jerking
  • Excess oil consumption
  • Transmission fluid leaks
  • Difficulty shifting gears
  • Warped brake rotors

What Cadillac, Chevy, and GMC Vehicles Have Been Affected by the Chevy Shake?

According to several Chevy shake class-action lawsuits, the following vehicles have been found to be affected by the Chevy shake:

  • 2014 to 2019 Chevrolet Silverado
  • 2015 to 2017 GMC Yukon Denali
  • 2015 to 2020 GMC Yukon XL
  • 2015 to 2020 GMC Yukon
  • 2015 to 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 2017 to 2019 Chevy Colorado
  • 2017 to 2019 GMC Canyon
  • 2014 to 2019 GMC Sierra
  • 2016 to 2019 Cadillac ATS-V
  • 2016 to 2019 Cadillac ATS
  • 2016 to 2019 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2015 to 2017 GMC Denali XL
  • 2015 to 2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2015 to 2020 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2016 to 2019 Cadillac CTS-V
  • 2016 to 2019 Cadillac CTS
  • 2016 to 2019 Cadillac CT6
  • 2015 to 2020 Chevy Suburban
  • 2015 to 2019 Chevrolet Corvette

GMC Has Done Little to Address the Chevy Shake

While General Motors has taken little action to address this issue, drivers of cars that experience the Chevy shake still have options! If you’re one of the many people who drive an affected vehicle that is the subject of a class-action lawsuit, we advise opting out of the lawsuit and contacting an experienced law firm that can protect your California Lemon Law rights.

Vehicle owners have the option of being represented independently and maximizing their personal compensation instead of settling with the multitude of Chevy owners in a class-action lawsuit.

Cali Lemon Lawyers can help you recover the possible maximum settlement and ensure that your rights are protected. We have helped many drivers recover compensation for the unfair treatment they received from manufacturers.

What a Class-action Lawsuit Could Mean for You

Anyone whose Cadillac, Chevrolet, or GMC vehicle has been affected by the Chevy shake could be a part of a lawsuit. When a lawsuit is registered, it signifies that a judge has given his or her approval for the case to proceed.

Participants who remain in class action cases receive a percentage of the final payment, but they forfeit their opportunity to sue individually. To keep your personal lemon law rights, you’ll have to first opt-out of these lawsuits.

How to Opt-out of a Chevy Shake Class-action Lawsuit


If you wish to keep your legal right to sue on your own, you must opt-out of the class-action lawsuit. You forfeit your right to pursue cash compensation independently should you choose to continue in the class action.

In addition, class action lawsuits frequently contain thousands of participants. Should you continue to participate, you could only receive a small portion of the final settlement.

Those who may be affected will receive a notice informing them of the allegations made. They also contain instructions on how to opt-out of the lawsuit should you choose to. Contact your lawyer if you need help with this.

Do You Have a Lemon? Contact Us Today!

Opting out of a lawsuit is often the best way to secure a larger settlement. If you have a GM vehicle affected by the Chevy shake, you likely have a lemon! No one should be endangered by a poorly manufactured vehicle. Give us a call today to get the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Cali Lemon Lawyers is dedicated to protecting the rights of its consumers when manufacturers refuse to recall vehicles that have manufacturing defects. Contact Cali Lemon Lawyers by Prestige Legal Solutions, P.C. to book a free consultation and discuss your case!

More Chevy Recalls & Lemon Law Info

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Comments (4)
  • I have a 2019 chevy silverado that I feel is experiencing the chevy shake. I purched it a few months ago from a dealer in New Jersey. I live in Massachusetts. What are my options? Thanks

  • I purchased a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 from a private individual. I was uninformed about the Chevy shake issue. During my test drive I didn’t drive it at highway speed to experience the shake. After I owned it I thought it was the tires so I purchased all 4 new tires. To my surprise it still shakes.

    • scott christinasen

      im 3 sets of tire and rims, second set of rotors. also didn’t drive mine on the hwy either. bought mine from carmax

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