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Power Steering Pump Problems of Buick Enclave - part 1

Buick Enclave owners have reported 45 problems related to power steering pump (under the steering category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Buick Enclave based on all problems reported for the Enclave.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2014 Buick Enclave 1
Failure Date: 01/18/2018

I bought my 2014 Buick Enclave at the end of may and had it in the shop at the beginning of December, after putting 3000 miles on it, for power steering issues, (noise and vibration) and it turns out the needed to replace the pump but were not comfortable with the design, while they were looking at it they said they needed to also replace a ball joint. Then in mid Jan. The noise started again, I had it checked and they said it was from the cold, well that became untrue as it became worse in the next few weeks (noise and vibration as I was turning) and I brought it in again 3-7-2018 and sure enough the same problem is there!! so the mechanic has to figure out a different solution by calling the Buick dealer. I am extremely disappointed with this as this is my first "new" vehicle I bought, very unhappy!! Buick needs to recall and find a fix for all these problems!.

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car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2010 Buick Enclave 2
Failure Date: 01/15/2018

On 6/7/2017 purchased a 2010 Buick Enclave cxl 116495 miles on it needs steering gear 1700. 00 is the power steering pump wear the cause of the gear leaking.

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car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2010 Buick Enclave 3
Failure Date: 08/08/2017

Engine light came on and took into dealership for a diagnosis of issue. Was told that the timing chain had stretched and needed replaced with a cost estimate of $3000. This is the 2nd time that this has happened, the first being at 48k miles, and now at 95k miles. When the repair was being made, was told that the crank shaft was warped and had frayed the engine internally - caused by the bad timing chain and I now needed a new engine. Contacted Buick, but they would not do anything about it. Buick has known about this issue for years, and yet refuses to back their product or help their customers. Once the engine was replaced, I now have a loud power steering 'whine' and was told that the power steering pump needs replaced - another known issue by Buick. Just incredible.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2010 Buick Enclave 4
Failure Date: 02/06/2017

Car had reduced speed and white smoke 11/15 41,000 miles towed to dealership and they replaced number 5 injector car. 2/4/17 car has 49,584 miles and had to he towed again to dealership same issue reduced speed white smoke, was told all 6 injectors need to be replaced, water pump, timing cover, steering gear and timing belt. This car has too many issues to have such few miles. I did call several other garages to see if they could give estimate as I don't trust dealership, they will not work on the Enclave motors. There are also too many recalls in my opinion on this vehicle. After reading all the complaints there is a problem with the steering on this vehicle.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2008 Buick Enclave 5
Failure Date: 11/23/2016

My 2008 Buick Enclave has been an accident waiting to happen the entire life of the car. My main concern is the power steering. It has gone out 5-6 times in the 8 years I have owned the vehicle. If you would like invoice of each time/date I have them with the exact problem. Five or 6 times it went out. -- three at slow speed low rpm trying to turn in the city and at 6 1 wt 230 it took all my strength not to hit a car head on during the turn. Three on the interstate turning off exit an higher speed. If my daughter or granddaughter had been driving in the city they would have been dead. Buick extended the power steering warranty to 150;000 miles . I had the last power steering pump put in at 149,432 miles 11/23/16. My concern to you and Buick is about every 25k power steering goes out. I never had a power steering problem with my 2002 chevey sub with 160k witch we still drive--never had a power steering problem with my 2002 GMC den with 251k witch we still drive. . Buick knows they made a engineering design flawed car with their first Enclave SUV at the expense in money and lives of the 2008 owners all 2008 Enclaves should be grounded like the 787 was before boeing/faa found out what was causing the battery fires and fixed them!!. Why is a flying public life worth more than the a driving public life? if you and Buick will not ground the Enclave then at least they should be a free safety check ever quarter for the life of the car for their design flaw problems. I think there are 12. Ps I cannot write 6 times so I put last one on 'when did this happen.

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car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2011 Buick Enclave 6
Failure Date: 11/01/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that while operating the vehicle, the power steering malfunctioned causing the steering wheel to become difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The power steering pump was replaced and the failure was remedied. The contact also indicated that while operating the vehicle, the check engine light had illuminated. The mechanic diagnosed that the timing change needed to be repaired. The failure was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

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car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2013 Buick Enclave 7
Failure Date: 10/02/2016

Lights on the dash board came on while driving in town at approximately 20 mph indicating awd, traction control and anti-lock breaks were not working. Power steering also was not working. Vehicle taken to local gm dealer for repair. Assessment indicated need to replace power steering pump and electronic break module. The lights came off and on repeatedly over the next several weeks waiting on the repairs. The two recommended parts were replaced and one week later the same lights came on and power steering and other functions were lost again, indicating that the issue was not fixed by replacing these parts.

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car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2008 Buick Enclave 8
Failure Date: 09/01/2016

Takata recall power steering pump is bad and all it does it hum.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2010 Buick Enclave 9
Failure Date: 07/03/2016

The contact owns a 2010 Buick Enclave. While turning the vehicle at a low speed, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 76,000.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2010 Buick Enclave 10
Failure Date: 12/03/2015

Check engine light went on. Car was seemingly working alright, however, after fueling up, it was difficult to restart the car. In fact, at the last fill up I was unable to start the car for over 20 minutes while at the gas pump. This caused a great deal of anger, frustration, and rage in the other drivers who were waiting to fuel their cars at very busy gas station near lax. The dealership stated the fuel sensors needed to be replaced at a total cost of $1700. 00. Two months prior the air conditioner/heater required repair as a hose needed to be replaced due to a leak, a $425 repair, furthermore, the steering problem we seemingly had corrected 3 years ago is occurring again and is need of another repair. And lastly, 50% of the time when I turn off the engine and pull the key out of the car, the engine continues to run. The occurred around 80-85,000 miles.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2011 Buick Enclave 11
Failure Date: 11/14/2015

Recently had to replace my power steering gear due to leaking seals that caused failure. Also power steering pump had to be replaced. Power steering pump is covered under special gm warranty (14329 ¿loss of power steering assist¿), but not power steering gear. In doing research, it seems many consumers have experienced a similar issue, but gm has not issued a recall for the power steering gear.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2012 Buick Enclave 12
Failure Date: 10/29/2015

A week ago, I felt my 2012 Buick Enclave wasn't steering properly. . . Like I suddenly have considerably less control. . . As if the steering wheel is fighting me when I turn. I noticed it because I could not get my car's steering to respond coming onto an entrance ramp onto 76w in PA and it almost veered into the lane to the left (as I was fighting to hold my wheel to the right coming off the ramp). I brought the car to my local gm certified mechanic who did diagnostics and discovered a malfunction in my steering pump and a leaky hose. He suggested I call the gm dealer who repairs my car for any item under recall, bulletin or extended warranty because the issue he identified is consistent with a safety issue identified on earlier Enclaves. The service manager at faulkner Buick in west chester did state that it is an issue on earlier models and there is a bulletin issued for earlier models for power steering issues in Enclaves. My year/VIN is not covered. He suggested I call gm. I was on phone with gm warranty for an hour. They opened case but say they can't review case until the steering issue is verified by a gm service dealer. I will have to pay gm service dealer for diagnostics when I already paid a gm certified mechanic for same. Gm is not able to tell me until one of their service providers confirms issue what, if any, financial assistance they will provide. The repair is estimated at ~$1000. . . The entire pump and hose need to be replaced, and estimated labor is 6 hours. In meantime, I have to slow my car down to 20 miles per hour or less coming onto or off of ramps for major highways such as penn tpke because steering control isn't there & it feels as if wheel is pulling in opposite direction, I'm having to fight it, and it feels as if car will skid out. My mechanic looked at all other possibilities and id'd faulty steering pump and hose leak, specifically.

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car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2008 Buick Enclave 13
Failure Date: 08/25/2015

We were having problems with the power steering whining and a back tire locking up when we turned right. We had the wheel bearings, power steering pump, struts and rotors replaced. The mechanic called after all of this work and said it was not safe to drive because the back tire kept locking up and putting him into a skid while he was driving down the road at different speeds. We then had to have a yaw sensor replaced. We've only had it back for a day and are hoping the problem is fixed but this is a major safety concern. The technician told us that when the original power steering pump is replaced the abs system can't keep up which locks your tires while the car is in motion.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2009 Buick Enclave 14
Failure Date: 06/28/2015

I had taken the car to Buick dealer for an oil change. I asked them to check if they saw a possible oil leak because I saw a few spots in the garage. They said there was a leak from a rubber bearing and the cost to fix that was 2700. Tool the car sears to have them double check. Sears said there was not leak. There was residual oil from oil change. This was on 06/20. Checked every day after that to see if the oil leaked again and it did not. On 06/28, while coming home with my kids, hear sudden noise, and in a few seconds smoke coming out from left front side of the car. . . Lot of smoke. Got the kids and dog out safely. Tried to turn off the car. . . I had the key out but the car was still on. It just would not turn off. Tried taking it our of the garage and the steering would not turn. Somehow got the car on the curb and after trying a few time, the car did turn off. Noticed all the coolant had flushed on the floor. Got it towed to the dealer. Dealer said power steering gear and power steering pump burned and needs replacement. Also said it was because of a minor oil leak that was under the engine that caused it. Coolant flushing was covered and gm will pay for the fix but I will need to pay 2500 for the steering gear and pump replacement. This could have been a disaster and life threatening if it had happened at high speed. Gm least concerned about it and not supportive or standing behind their cars. I have only 36k miles on it and would not have expected something like this. I read on some forums where a lot of people have had similar issues. For the safety of other Buick Enclave holders, I please request you to have Buick act on this and send a recall.

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car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2011 Buick Enclave 15
Failure Date: 04/15/2015

We own a 2011 Buick Enclave with 84240 miles. After a routine oil change were shocked to find out from the dealer that there is now a leaking steering rack and steering pump that will need to be replaced neither of which are covered by gm . The cost is over $2300. 00. This is my wife's car and is used daily to transport not only our own but other children as well. We have no choice but to remediate the problem. After doing very little research it is obvious that this is a known defect and that gm is choosing to ignore the risk to those driving their vehicles. This is actually our second Enclave and until know we have enjoyed their reliability and the service we have received. Based on this experience it will be the last gm car we buy. We will be seeking reimbursement from gm.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2011 Buick Enclave 16
Failure Date: 01/09/2015

December 2014 lift gate was up and suddenly came down and hit my wife with great force. This happened twice but not consistently. Subsequently was taken to a Chevrolet/gm dealership, found both struts not holding pressure and were replaced at owner's expense. On the morning of January 9,2015 driving during a snow storm on an interstate suddenly vehicle lost stabiltrab,traction control and engine power was reduced to 15 mph. Due to the weather traffic was going slower than normal. Car driven to a Chevrolet/gm dealer where the throttle body was replaced at owner's expense. On January 14, 2015 owner brought car to have power steering pump replaced due to gm September 2014 notice and owner informed that power steering rack was leaking. Although not replacing the power steering rack would lead to failure of the new power steering pump, this component was not covered. Owner paid a portion to have the rack replace. This repair required a front end alignment for which the owner paid for.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2008 Buick Enclave 17
Failure Date: 10/10/2014

As the 2008 Buick Enclave vehicle was slowed to make a right turn into a driveway, it suddenly and unexpectedly became very, very difficult to steer, such that the vehicle almost went off of the road and into a telephone pole. Fortunately, the vehicle was going slowly enough that it could be abruptly stopped in the middle of the road and it was not rear-ended. This is a very dangerous condition. When I called general motors customer care, I discovered that this was a known condition for which special coverage #14329 was issued. Given how dangerous this condition is that dramatically affects the ability of a driver to steer the vehicle, I am very upset that general motors failed to notify owners of the affected cars that this hazardous condition existed and that general motors failed to issue an emergency vehicle recall. It is urgent that NHTSA requires that general motors issue a recall for this safety defect. Pasted below is the dealer notification that was issued to gm service departments on September 16, 2014 by general motors. "#14329: special coverage adjustment - loss of power steering assist - (Sep 16, 2014). Condition. Some 2008-2011 model year (my) Buick Enclave, 2009-2011 my Chevrolet traverse, 2007-2011 my GMC acadia, and 2007-2010 my Saturn outlook vehicles may develop a power steering pump wear condition that can cause an intermittent drop of power steering hydraulic pressure that will cause reduced or loss of steering assist. The vehicle may revert to manual steering which requires greater driver effort, particularly at low vehicle speeds. ".

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2008 Buick Enclave 18
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

While driving our 2008 Buick Enclave in a parking lot, I attempted to turn into a parking spot and when turning the steering wheel completely locked up on me and I was unable to finish the turn and almost ran into a car. Luckily I was going slow enough that I was able to step on the brakes before I hit the car parked in the space next to the one I was trying to park in. After a few seconds the steering started working again. Since then every time I am going at a slow rate of speed and make a sharp turn the steering goes out of the car. Took it to a local auto repair shop and the diagnosed that the steering pump is faulty. This car only has 67,000 miles on it. As I researched on the internet I saw that this is a very common problem with this make and model of car. There needs to be a recall as the fix for this is over a $1000. 00. For a vehicle that costs almost $50,000 brand new this is ridiculous. I should not be taking this car to the shop for steering problems at this low mileage.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2008 Buick Enclave 19
Failure Date: 06/24/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the transmission failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed the wave plate needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 80,001. The consumer stated the power steering went out. The vehicle was almost impossible to turn. The vehicle was towed the dealer. An inspection revealed the power steering rack was leaking from both sides, and the pump seized. Also, the dealer replaced the water pump, because it was leaking. Updated 08/06/14 updated 08/11/lj.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2008 Buick Enclave 20
Failure Date: 06/23/2014

About one month ago when I would get in my vehicle and attempt to back out of my driveway, the power steering wouldn't function for a few seconds. This happened about four times. This weekend on Saturday I drove from my house to a gas station, was pulling up to a gas pump and lost my steering again for about 10 seconds. On Sunday I was pulling out of a restaurant onto a busy road and lost my steering for fifteen seconds!! after bringing it to the dealer, being charged $50 and being told nothing was wrong, I called Buick. This is a serious safety issue and you can clearly see online that more and more people are experiencing this same problem with the same make, model and year vehicle. Recall this vehicle before someone is seriously injured!.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2010 Buick Enclave 21
Failure Date: 06/09/2014

Power steering defect causing safety issue. Vehicle has 75000 miles on it and power steering locks becomes unresponsive, dealer indicates that pump and rack need to be replaced and that it is normal for these parts to wear out at this number of miles. This is a safety issue and should become a recall by gm.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2010 Buick Enclave 22
Failure Date: 06/04/2014

The contact owns a 2010 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the steering pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2009 Buick Enclave 23
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

My vehicle is extremely hard to steer at low rates of speed. It is almost as if the power steering goes out. I was almost in a collision because I was unable to maneuver the car quickly. Thankfully, I was able to get out of the way. I had my children in the car. This issue appears to be frequent and corrected in later Buick Enclave models. This issue is a safety hazard that gm needs to investigate. This faulty power steering pump needs to be recalled immediately.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2010 Buick Enclave 24
Failure Date: 05/15/2014

Power steering goes out at low speeds, very hard to turn. Dealer says we need new power steering pump & rack, as both are leaking. Not covered under warranty.

car image   Power Steering Pump problem of the 2011 Buick Enclave 25
Failure Date: 03/21/2014

I began to make loud squeaking noises when making left and right turns. In addition, as time progressed I would feel pressure when turning the steering wheel. Due to fear of steering wheel not being able to turn, I took the vehicle to the dealership. The dealership said that the vehicle needed a new steering pump and rack. Gm said they would not cover the entire cost. The total cost was $2600 and gm said it would only cover $1600. Owner feels gm should cover the entire cost since this is a safety issue and the car is only 2,000 miles over 50,000 mile warranty. This is not a usual wear and tear car issue.

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