The Chevrolet Uplander was a new addition to General Motors' minivan lineup in 2005. The 2008 Uplander has only had one recall issued for it that could be the direct source of noise problems in the front of the minivan. However, there may be other causes, such as problems with the brakes or steering.
The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander has been recalled for suspension problems. The conversion of the Uplander into a handicapped accessible van could result in improper welding. These defective welds can cause the arm bushings on the suspension to begin making a squeaking sound. The trailing arm of the suspension of the Uplander can fracture, allowing the axle to separate from the minivan and creating an accident situation. More than 5,000 Uplanders were affected by this defect; owners of the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander with this conversion should take their van to the dealership if this noise develops.
According to RepairPal.com, the 2005 Chevrolet Uplander has had problems with the front brake rotors wearing prematurely. This rotor wear creates a squeaking sound or noise and develops a pulsation when the brake pedal is engaged. Brake rotors wear with the brake pads because friction is created when the brake pedal is engaged and the pads are pressed against the rotors. The front brake rotors in the Uplander may develop a deep groove in the rotors faster than expected, causing the front brakes to squeak. The rotors will need to be replaced to correct this noise problem.
The 2006 Chevrolet Uplander has had four recalls concerning rear suspension noise, two different labeling problems and a steering problem. A defect in the steering column at the knuckle will cause the steering knuckle to crack or prematurely wear. The driver will hear a grinding noise in the minivan when turning the vehicle. Once the steering knuckle breaks, the driver may lose control of the vehicle. The defective steering knuckle must be replaced to correct this problem.