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Chevrolet Malibu Steering/Suspension

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  • ticadooticadoo Posts: 40
    I have a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu with 45,000 miles on it. Summer of 2010 (40,000 miles) the power steering started acting up so I had it replaced at my own cost (the dealer I purchased it from is out of business). Now, less than a year later (with the new power steering unit), the power steering goes out intermittently; has almost caused me to have several accidents. What is the solution? Is there going to be a recall? This problem is extremely dangerous!
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    do you have the malibu classic or the new platform for 04...both were produced in that same MY....the new designed didnt have power steering unit...thus the reason for my question...it has an electronic assist for the steering.....

    what did the dealer replace...steering column...or an actual power steering unit?
  • amykrajamykraj Posts: 1
    :( A similar thing happened to me 2x in one week on a 2004 Malibu. Monday morning as I was pulling out of the driveway it happened, car went in for $500 repair (this was the power steering and one other minor repair), pickup on Wednesday, and back in the shop Thursday morning for same thing. Technician said this is becoming a commonality. Through diagnostic tests, they determined the source of the problem were the sensors in the steering column. They are replacing the entire column today, as the sensors are embedded and not able to be fixed outside of replacement.
  • ticadooticadoo Posts: 40
    I have a malibu classic. The entire power steering unit was replaced.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    your power steering unit was replaced not your steering column correct since you have the classic...
  • 2001 Chevy Malibu LS is now a huge money pit. Purchased the car new in 2001 and is costing me an arm and a leg just to keep it on the road. Unfortunately I have no choice at the moment. So here's my problem. . . The steering was working fine but the pump was starting to make some noise. After a check up my mechanic recommended I replace the rack/pinion because it was leaking oil from the seals. The pump was also replaced. Now I'm having issues with the steering getting tough after the car warms up. Took it back to the shop and they re-bled the system. Again, steering feels great up until I get 3 or 4 miles into my trip and "wham" starts to get tough again. Very dangerous because I would never be able to steer quickly in an emergency. It's back in the shop and it seems like my mechanic is clueless as to the problem. Any thoughts, opinions, suggestion (other than "drive it into the nearest lake") would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Ed
  • ivy12ivy12 Posts: 2
    i have a 2004 malibu lt with electronic assist power steering and power steering periodically goes out resulting in extremely difficult to steer car. if i pull off the road, turn off the car, then turn it back on, steering returns. i have read other's comments and many have said they have same problem. would you have address to nhtsa so i could file complaint. also phone numer where i could contact gm. also i was able to find a power steering assembly to put into the car and was wondering if any certified mechanic could install or just a chevy dealership had to install. also i am now getting a whirring noise that sounds like coming from under dash and was told by chevy service dept. that this is probably the p. s. assembly. any assist you could be would be appreciated. my name is ivy. thanks
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    if you have the first redesigned MY 04 malibu, you dont have a power steering assmbly....its an electronic assist steering column....thus no assembly like the normal power steering you may be use too...if it continues to go out, it may simply need a reflash of the ECM. Most times its a complete failure of the column resulting in the problem you describe which isnt normally correctable with turning the engine on and off....that what leads me to think it may be an ECM issue.

    You can google the NHTSA and file the complaint....you might try contacting GM for assistance, however with a 8 year old MY car now, I doubt you will get any help....what yours mileage? I have a 04 Maxx LT with 195K on it which I just handed down to my stepson....lucky to have had no problems at all with the car.
  • I have a 2004 Malibu . The power steering goes out with out any warning. SIf i turn the car off and back on, sometime it is ok. When this happens it is bery difficult to steer. my mechanic has looked and cannot find anything. This started happening when it had about 30K miles and has continued on and off since. I now have 50K miles and it is happening more.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    edited January 2012
    do a search here for electronic assisted steering...there are a set of contacts on the column that sometimes cause issues...there were cases of the contacts getting dirty and not working properly as I recall....do the search and see what you can find....I was fortunate...no problems with my steering column after 195K
  • I have 65,000 miles on this car. I was turning today in a parking lot and thought I heard something pop but obviously everything seemed to be okay except my power steering went out and it showed it on the computer on my dashboard. Obviously I didn't know this car had electronic power steering so I raised the hood looking for where you would put power steering fluid and obviously I didn't see it. So I pulled out my manual and it said the 4 cyl Malibu's have electronic power steering. If you have a problem with it to take it in. This is the first time this has happened to me so I closed the hood, turned off the engine and waited. I started the car back up within five minutes and everything was back to normal. Is there a recall on this power steering that I missed or something? It seems as though reading other posts that this car has been having this problem for quite a while. Any suggestions?
  • GM issued a recall for the '05 malibu maxx for a steering related issue. it probably applies to the '04 also.
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 871
    Dorman sells the replacement torque sensor if anyone has to courage to change one, before that full column replacement only.
  • I had the steering column replaced in sept 2009 ($700 which Chevy refused to reimburse any of). So far (Jan 2012), no further problems.
  • We got a letter from Chevy dated June 2012 and it was for the Power steering issue that you are having. if you need a copy I will send you a copy via email. so far we have had no problems, we have had ours 5 years and have a little over 80K miles and just changed the front brakes for the first time so I was happy about that. But of course as soon as I said that we have had really good luck with the car and I didnt knock on woodwe are just now starting to have issues with the tire pressure sensors and the turn signal switch is busted and I dont see any recall info on it. Cant wait to pay it off! I really like Chevy's But this stinks!
  • I am having the same problem. I have a 2004 Malibu My power steering just stops working. This has happened several times. I have almost had several accidents because of this. I found 176 people on one website that is also having this problem. Chevy has not recalled the 2004 for it. However that did recall the 2005 for the same problem. That only because someone died in the car due to the power steering problem. Wow now I feel safe. I am a single mom I cant pay $600.00 for a maybe fix. They cant promise after replacing the steering column it will even fix the problem. I cant buy a new car. They need to take responsibility for there mess up. Guess I have to wait till someone dies in the 2004 before they fix it and who knows I might be the one that does.

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  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,057
    Good morning elainep1966,
    We're sorry to hear that you're feeling unsafe in your Malibu as a result of this power steering concern you're having. If we can check into this further with you, please contact us at socialmedia@gm.com with more information (including your name and contact information, a brief recap of the situation, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and the name of your involved dealership).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • Is there anyway you can send me the copy of the letter. I came across the same problem and i dont recall receiving a letter. Im planning to take it to the shop tomorrow i feel very unsafe.
  • I have a 2007 chevy malibu and i just had the same problem that i have been reading about. The steering wheel moves back and forth while sitting still. I went to drive away from my house the other morning and i could not steer the car and the message on the dash said power steering. i parked it and turned the car off and restarted it and it seemed ok. i was afraid to drive it so i had it towed to the dealer and they told me it would cost me $1400 to repair it. This problem clearly falls under the recall issue of the malibu. someone please help, i cannot afford to pay $1400 to fix this. GM should cover this with the recall.

    Thanks,

    Wayne
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,057
    Are you already in contact with Customer Assistance, Wayne? If you would like for us to check into this further with your dealership, please don't hesitate to email us at socialmedia@gm.com (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
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