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Chevrolet Cobalt Steering Problems



  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: US 25 & US 40Posts: 19,604
    GM used the same supplier, partly owned by toyota, that makes motors for Corollas.
  • First the fuel thing now the power steering. My 2006 Chevy Cobalt has 33,000 miles on it. Im 78 and handicapped so I will be contacting my dealer where I bought the car. Is there anything that we can rely on anymore.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,836
    Im 78... Is there anything that we can rely on anymore.

    Do you perceive vehicles to be less reliable now than they were 50 years ago?

    Potential problem has been identified, GM has agreed to fix it.
  • eliaselias Posts: 2,094
    Hi 78grannie,

    Please let us know how the dealership treats you with regard to this recall,
    including identifying the dealership by its name, but not identifying any people by name.

    I do hope you can rely on them to treat you properly, maybe with loaner car or courtesy-rides.

    I've been reading about these steering issues with cobalts for a while and it has dissuaded me from considering the vehicle - my GM card rebate is burning a hole in my pocket! :)

  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 278
    Got a recall notice today. Be looking for it.
  • tcaloftcalof Posts: 29
    edited April 2010
    I got a letter from GM Canada this week saying that I will get a recall notice sometime in the future when parts are available. I would call it a pre-recall notice. What a waste of stationery and postage.
  • tlm6tlm6 Posts: 1
    My son just had a accident tonight while driving a 2009 Cobalt. He told me about the power steering going out while drving 55 mph. He was goin into a curve at the time the power steering failed. He was unable to recover from the failure and caused him to hit highway signs and crash into a bank of rocks. The car is a total loss and was a very dangerous accident. My son and his girlfriend are very lucky to be alive.GM here I come after you to make it right.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 48,333
    Did he get the prior recall notice for this problem and was the problem addressed by a dealer?

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  • karen0256karen0256 Posts: 7
    I have a 2005 Cobalt that my daughter drives. In October, I had the steering column replaced for over 800.00 and after filing a complaint they gave me a $1,000 loyalty certificate...that was all they could do. Sorry won't be buying another Chevy in my lifetime. Friday, the power steering went out again and then again today. Pushed up my appointment to get the new fix and had that done today (took 20 minutes to do). She drove off and within 15 miles, the steering went again. We had the car towed back to dealer tonight. Their response was that they are only authorized to replace the steering motor. I am not satisfied with that answer. If neither option worked....what do we do now? Anyone else have this happen.....both fixes and neither works. By the way, I did submit for reimbursement for the 800.00 as instructed in the recall....will see how that goes. AND the worst thing is that I had just bought a 2008 Cobalt for my younger daughter about two weeks before the initial issue. I will be trading that in for a Ford.
  • powderkeggpowderkegg Posts: 22
    I have an 08 LS coupe and received the recall notice several months ago. The notice stated there would be another notice in the mail when the dealers were equipped/prepared to repair the problem; of which I have yet to receive. The power steering problem should really only effect the driving capabilities at low speeds, similar to not having any power steering at all. Also to the person who's son had the accident, I certainly hope all involved are okay. There is something very specific to consider in this event. Did the DIC display "power steering fail"? The dealer should be able to recall this information from the OBD. If the message was not present there may be another explanation; bad tire, steering linkage failure or driver error (ie too fast for conditions). These are just things to look at.and may or may not be representative of the actual problem.
  • eliaselias Posts: 2,094
    i tend to doubt tlm6's veracity, but maybe we'll see a followup which makes it clear that trolling is not a factor here.
    for example, there would probably be a public report/record of such a serious accident.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: US 25 & US 40Posts: 19,604
    My thoughts exactly. The failures usually are on startup or low speeds. The DIC gives a warning that the motor is not reacting correctly to ASSIST the steering and it shuts off. The car is harder to turn like cars in the 50s and 60s without power steering.

    There will be a code stored in the computer if that really happened. The car should be checked in a forensic manner to determine if that failure did occur. My thinking is some other explanation.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 48,333
    Possibly true. In any event, any claim of an accident occurring due to a factory defect would certainly, at some point, have to bear the scrutiny of automotive forensics.

    Still, GM itself, in its own recall letter, states that this failure could result in a crash. Those are the approximate words they use----"crash".

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  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,242
    Hello Karen0256,
    I apologize that you have had concerns with your vehicle. Can you please email me more information about your situation so I can look into this further? You can get my email by clicking on my name. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • karen0256karen0256 Posts: 7
    The dealer replaced the new motor with another motor. They contacted GM engineering technicians and they said that the motor installed yesterday was probably bad. They drove the car several miles to test it and believe that it will be okay. I hope so. We will be trading that car in asap. Thanks for your concern.
  • karen0256karen0256 Posts: 7
    In 9/09, we had the steering column replaced on our 2005 Cobalt to correct the steering problem.

    Got the second recall notice from GM with the reimbursement forms and sent them in. Today they called to tell me I was not entitled to be reimbursed since the fix I had done then was not the fix that they are doing now.

    So be prepared those of you that did the same thing. I am so angry right now.
  • karen0256karen0256 Posts: 7
    To top this day off with some more great news.....the second motor that was installed yesterday after I had to have the car towed back to the dealer after the installation of the first motor. The power steering is out again.

    OMG - this cannot be happening.

    And then the phone call that they are not reimbusing me because the fix in September is not the fix they are doing now. You mean the fix that is not working.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,242
    Hello Karen0256,
    I want to look into your situation further. Can you please email me your contact information, dealership, current mileage, VIN and service request number. You can get my email by clicking on my name. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • ecorlissecorliss Posts: 4
    i bought this certified pre owned in january 2010 with a little over 29k on it. i have had it bad at least 4x already. pinging noises.. needed struts ,etc on the front passenger side.. got that fixed.. then everytime i turend the wheel or put it in reverse thud sounds.. back again.. had the intermmediate steering shaft replaced in addition the car smelled like rotten eggs. so i figured it was the catalytic conveter.. they said they hooked it up to the computer and found no problem with it. told me to use a better grade of gas but they did clean out the fuel line... WHOOPIE HURRAH.. thanks god its still under warranty.. and the next tiny little noise i hear again i will be right back there.. they are sooo tired of seeing me....
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,242
    Hello Ecorliss,
    I apologize that you are experiencing concerns with your vehicle. Are you still experiencing issues with your Cobalt? Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • steve333steve333 Posts: 200
    I own a ‘06 Cobalt Sedan. I have had the steering column and intermediate shaft replaced before. My car was recalled for the power steering motor so i had it replaced but now the car feels like crap, just like it did before the steering column was replaced so now I have to bring it in again!
    The rest of the car is OK, but the front end issues are unacceptable.
    My front end has noises when I go over small bumps and the front end just thunks as if it doesn’t have an independent suspension up front, which it does. The Dealer heard it, felt it, couldn’t diagnose it except to say it’s probably the struts. I already had the strut cartridges replaced and they would have to be dropped at my expense to see if its the issue. They swore the bushings were OK, even though Cobalts are known for having bad control arm bushings and sway bars also.
    Very frustrated right now.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,242
    Hello Steve33,
    I apologize that you are experiencing an issue with your vehicle. Can you please email me more information about your situation so I can look into it further? Please include the VIN and current mileage in your email. You can get my email by clicking on gmcustsvc. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • gerald41gerald41 Posts: 37
    My problem is this. I own a 2008 Cobalt with 26,000 miles on it. The dealer said you have a steering recall while your here for service we can take care of it, it's only a half hour job. I agreed. Well 4 days later my steering went out. remind you it never went out before. What did they do replace my good unit with a defective one? I'm so fed up with this car! The chrome on the door handles peeled off, My drivers power window motor died, I have a metallic noise when in gear idling with the A/C on never found or fixed. Warped rotors , Radio short, and I could go on. I owned a 2006 that was totaled in 08 never had these problems. What is quality getting worse?
  • steve333steve333 Posts: 200
    Actually, yes it is (or was).
    I went to shop a '08 Cobalt to possibly replace my '06 and was shocked at the poor build quality. The carpet didn't even go all the way to the seat rails! It looked worse than mine and immediately changed my mind.
    It amazes me that GM chose Lordstown to build the replacement, the stupidly named Cruze. It's apparent that Lordstown workers couldn't give a damn about what they build. Hoping things have changed but we'll see.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,242
    Hello Gerald41,
    Has the dealership fixed the concern? Has the other concerns that you have mention been taken care of? Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • gerald41gerald41 Posts: 37
    Some were fixed some were not. The noise when idling was never fixed even though they claim to have tightened a different part every visit. The steering motor was replaced again so we'll see about that. It's not so much that they fix the problem, but why are there so many of them? Why should chrome peel of interior door handles at 2 years? Why should a radio short out? Rotors warped at 14,000 miles? It just seems all wrong.
  • steve333steve333 Posts: 200
    I emailed you but received no reply yet.
    They replaced the intermediate shaft and I had to pay for it. They said it wasn't properly lubed. This part had been already replaced under warranty and they obviously didn't do it properly. Now that it is out of warranty I had to pay $260 to replace it because the new power steering motor was stronger than the old one and caused the steering to feel even more loose.
    I should not have had to pay for this.
  • OK here is my question, my steering wheel while I am backing out of my drive way or a parking lot gets really tight trying to turn it. As the power steering is going out or something, well I took it to the dealership three times and this is what they are telling me. First it was because my motor was idling was the reason for my steering wheel to do this, second time i took it back up there it was ac putting pressure or some crap, and then after riding with me the service manager seen what I was talking about after turning the AC off. So he said "oh it might be the rack and pinion or some module.. So i took it back 2 days later and had then look at it to properly diagnose it and now they are telling me it was the air pressure in my tires. What could be the cause of this happening with my steering wheel. I want the real answers, and yes my car is still doing this. And all this is going on after they replaced the steering motor that was a part of the recall. I am tried of the bull crap lies they are feeding me.oh by the way before anybody tells me to put power steering fluid in the car, there is no power steering fluid in my car it is totally electric.
    I have already tried lemon law and they told me it was nothing and paid me 4,000 on the car. And another thing of course it was not the tire pressure because guess what it is doing it still.
  • I am having the same problem, they replaced the recall part and it is still acting up they have come up with the off the wall excuses. Such as ac putting pressure on it, tire pressure being low called the steering to almost lock up trying to turn it. I will be in contact with GM again tomorrow. I have had my 06 in the shop 4 times in 2 weeks
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