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Re: Looking at Subs - 96 or 98? Any difference?
For the steering, sounds like the issue is the steering sensor, and I can't remember what it's called now as I write this. But basically it's a speed-based sensor that is supposed to be tighter when going fast and looser for turning when going slow (like when towing and need to turn around with a trailer, etc.).
Fuel pump on these years is a common failure. Doesn't happen often but it DOES happen. I've already lost one on my '98.
Really the major differences between those years -- the color!
Another issue with my '98, and not sure if the '96 is affected as well, are the intake manifold gaskets that leak. GM has a new set of gaskets to fix that issue, but you may want to check if one of them are leaking.
Other than that they should pretty much have the same axles, same 4wd system. I think perhaps the '98 would have 4-wheel anti-lock brakes vs. the '96 (don't know if they came with it or not). Probalby both have drum brakes either way.
With as many "issues" as I've pointed out I still love my '98 K1500 truck!
Hope that helps.