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THE TSB/problem code is: TSB# 04-08-110-004B Part number 15227008. A plastic reinforcement that should have been installed at the factory. Cost me $30 for one reinforcement. If you have a 2006/2007 MAxx the problem may have been fixed, but if not get them to put these reinforcments on especially if your warranty has not expired. The plastic sunfoof trim gets soft because of the sun and the shade will POP out and scare the fun out of your drive as they roll up. It is a simple install, pull back the trim and stick on the reinforcment. You may have to pull down the head liner for more space. After the part is set, get a small clamp to make sure the adhesive sticks, let set for about and hour. Ask your parts person to print a diagram for you, the diagram ID is 1697983 AND Do Both Sides especially if warranty covers it.
Don't feel too bad... the first fix for the '04 were pieces of cardboard glued to the inside of the rear roof glass surrounds. I got the real fix around two years later.
Any ideas?? Vaman
I know its been awhile since you posted this problem but I'm wondering if you ever found out what it was exactly ... my 2006 Chevy Malibu is doing EXACTLY the same thing ... I've been researching it this morning and I think it may have something to do with the TPS (or body) as I had that replaced not long ago and it seems that others have had a problem with the wiring on these anyway if you were able to get answers I was hoping you would share them. Thank you - Victoria
We both have the same car and I was wondering if you ever got the issue resolved??? Im in desperate need of some insight on the matter as you went or are still going through the same thing!
Thanks - Kita
My theory is that this changes the air flow available to start. It seems that at certain engine temps this happens, while not at others ??? I suspect it is TPS sensor related. Once you press the accelerator past a certain point, the signal calls for more air, thinking you want to REALLY acclerate. I suspect the programming on it is just a bit 'finicky' between the MAF and the TPS when it is at certain temps.
My explanation as to why may not be accurate ... but it works like a champ. Been doing it on our '04 (183,xxx miles) since it was new (once we figured out the trick).
My wife was driving interstate and 'poof' power steering messasge comes on radio, light on dash and no power steering. She limps it home.
I go out and check on it. I get no dash light, nor radio message and it pulls away (left) from curb just fine. It seems a little stiff trying turn to right at the stop sign, but not too bad. Driving down the road, it seems a bit 'loose'. Then when I get up to a stop light and take my hands off the wheel ... the steering wheel starts going back and forth on its own. (I assume it was 'hunting'.)
I stop in and talk with a service manager (not much help ... I can get you in a few days). I leave and come home ... smooth as silk, good as gold, like brand new all the way home. After hitting the web (gotta love it) I'm of the opinion that it is steering sensor related (also has been doing a little bit of that steering / accelerator thing).
So ... my question is about the upgrade to a different column / different sensor / cleaning contacts / greasing / not greasing etc. I've found replacement sensor, and a nice video about straightforward sensor replacement, but not totally sure about steering column removal efforts. I can turn a wrench okay, just wondering what others might advise as do's / don'ts along the way.
Also, given that it seems to have 'settled' back in place ... is it reasonable to just wait & see (thinking that a good jar or something may have put it askew temporarily ... I wasnt' there when it first occurred).
not sure there is a upgrade so to speak of the sensor or column..what I have read the sensors fail...or the contacts get dirt/grease on them causing them not to work....again...the only resolution I have seen on the forums is a steering column replacement to the tune of $600-800.....
getting ready to roll over 165K here on my 04 Maxx LT...and seven years old...hoping to get two more years out of her.....