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Chevrolet Cobalt Steering Problems



  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,699
    GM used the same supplier, partly owned by toyota, that makes motors for Corollas.

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  • 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: 3,842
    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: 1,828
    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: 148
    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.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637
    Did he get the prior recall notice for this problem and was the problem addressed by a dealer?
  • 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: 1,828
    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: I70 & I75Posts: 17,699
    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.

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  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637
    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".
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,001
    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: 4,001
    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....
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