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Steering Rack And Pinion Problems of Buick Enclave

Buick Enclave owners have reported 19 problems related to steering rack and pinion (under the steering category).

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Failure Date: 09/15/2014

My vehicle is 4 years old 58,000 miles, started feeling resistance when turning and an screeching sound. The rack and pinion need to be replaced at a cost of $1500. 00. Found out this is not under warrantee even though there are over 100 complaints. Where does a single mother of 2 get the money to replace something that seems to be fault of the manufacturer. The GMC dealer will not assist in a price reduction, if this is not replace the car can stall when attempting to turn and cause an accident, or fatality.

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Failure Date: 08/21/2014

Dealer is telling me the power steering pump and the rack and pinion steering are leaking and need replaced. Estimate is $1754. I just started noticing the steering whining in the past week or so. Warranty ended on the steering at 90,000. From the amount of complaints I see online, it appears something needs to be done about this problem. Gm needs to issue a recall.

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Failure Date: 06/07/2014

Driving home and the stabilitrak and traction control light comes on. Car now spins tires and has disabled the abs. Very unstable car with abs not working properly. Take my vehicle in for routine maintanence and was told rack and pinion is leaking. Got online and see class action law suit against gm for this same reason. No recall. I don't see how gm does not think this is a safety issue. To be driving down the road and steering fail. Not only endangering people in the car but also everybody else around them. I'm starting to hate this car. Looks good from a distance but the problems gm has had with these models Enclave, traverse, acadia all models with this steering system. Not a cheap fix either! my father worked for gm so that's all we buy. Seriously reconsidering though.

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Failure Date: 05/24/2014

Rack and pinion gone bad only 62,000 miles on my SUV estimated cost $1200. How can this be happening on a $55,000 plus vehicle. Also had to replace the water pump a year ago got stranded on highway. Was out of quite a bit of money with towing back to illinois from ohio plus the cost of repairs. I'm at a point where I'm afraid to drive this vehicle out of state in fear of a major breakdown.

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Failure Date: 05/06/2014

The contact owns a 2010 Buick regal. While driving between 5 to 50 mph, the vehicle veered left and the steering wheel seized without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who stated that the pump and rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. After the repair was performed, the contact received a letter from Buick about the power steering pump condition. The contact notified the manufacturer and mailed a reimbursement form. The contact received a partial special coverage reimbursement. The failure mileage was unknown.

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Failure Date: 04/03/2014

My power steering went out and had to have the rack and pinion replaced completely. The mechanic stated that they are doing 100 of these a month to Enclaves, acadias, and traverses. There is currently no recall, but obviously there is a problem that gm is not acknowledging.

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Failure Date: 03/12/2014

We purchased this model in March 2013 and the rack and pinion had already been replaced at an unknown time before we bought it. Now I am having a zip zip/rubbing sound in the steering wheel when I turn left or right. I am also having to turn my wheel more and more to make a turn, left or right. The dealership said I needed a new steering column because the bushing are worn and you can not just replace them alone. This is an on going issue with many Enclaves for various years from what I understand. This issue needs to be addressed.

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Failure Date: 01/02/2014

On January 2, 2014, my wife noticed that her car had a steering issue when turning. At low speeds, the steering becomes hard to turn, as if it was binding. I was informed by a mechanic that most likely it was the rack and pinion. I had that replaced, but still the issue exists. Another auto tech currently is investigating the same issue and believes and believes it is the electronic brake control module, which tells the car to energize a solenoid that assists in steering at slow speeds. This is an issue, for my car does not have a huge amount of miles. What happens if my wife is unable to steer out of the way of a driver who is coming close to hitting her? and she is unable to do so? she might get hurt or even killed. Somebody is going to get sued. . . Either the dealership where I bought the car, or gm itself for knowing about this issue, but refuses to recall the cars. My question is. . . How many people have to complain, hurt, or killed, because gm refuses to fix this issue? and from what I seen online, there are tons of complaints about this steering issue! where are the bureaucrats who are in charge of transportation? this is not an isolated issue. It is nation wide. I plan on asking my local papers and news organizations about this issue and see if they can do a story about this and get consumers informed about gm products. Maybe gm will issue a recall when it hits them in their profits.

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Failure Date: 11/29/2013

We were on a long trip from wa. State to el centro, CA. Approximately 100 + miles from el centro, when we were slowing to go into a service station, I noticed I had no power steering and had to manually steer it which was very difficult. I tried to put some ps fluid in it, but couldn't get the engine cover off to find the ps holder, so had to drive on into el centro and locate a dealership there. They checked it and informed us that a new rack & pinion unit, etc. Was needed at that time. Our extended warranty was out at that time, so it cost us approx. $2,000 + to get it repaired and then the wheels balanced, etc. We could have had a crash at high speeds prior to having it checked as we were on a long trip. We did get it fixed as as we could though which necessitated us waiting around the dealership for several hours while they fixed the problem. We con-tacted our dealership in our home town, but could or would not do anything because our warranty had just rain out.

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Failure Date: 11/02/2013

The contact owns a 2010 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the rack and pinion would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000 .

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Failure Date: 09/30/2013

Power steering has an awful grinding/whining noise and car gets hard to steer. This is a known issue from gm and they expect the customer to pay for the repairs. 2000 miles over their warranty. They also state my rack and pinion needs replaced, which is another known issue. Not covered under the drive train warranty is absurd. When will the customer benefit? they get bailed out and this is how they repay us. Investigate these issue. 52,000 miles and I've been in the shop 6 times. Power steering, air bags, seat belt issues, water pump, sheered frame bolt, dead battery. The car is 3 years old for goodness sake please investigate these repeated issues!!.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2008 Buick Enclave 12
Failure Date: 09/09/2013

Loss of power steering at low speeds. Occurs when turning from stop signs/signals, turning into parking spaces, and other low speed driving. My 2008 Enclave is at the dealership today for repairs. They say it may need not only a new power steering pump, but that the entire rack and pinion steering system may need replaced. The service dept. States that there is not enough pressure at low speeds for the power steering to kick in. This is extremely dangerous in intersections. Almost traded it in last week to avoid all of the costly repairs, but can't find another vehicle that suits my needs as well as this one (I've owned it for 4 years, and am spoiled). However, this problem seems to be one that gm is fully aware of and should recall since it is obviously a common issue with this model year. Although the car is almost paid off, I don't have $3500 laying around and am having to refinance the vehicle to pay for the high cost of repairs to the power steering system.

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Failure Date: 05/26/2013

Purchased on 05-25-2013 as a replacement vehicle for a 2004 Nissan xterra. Noticed when turning into parking space or driveway that power steering suddenly turned into manual steering and was difficult to turn. Took vehicle in for an unrelated problem( dvd stuck in player) and ask them to check power steering. ? maybe low fluid? no problem found. Did some online research only to find this has been a common problem years 2008 to 2010 usually resulting in replacement of pump and rack and pinion. Called dealership and reported problem, they are now ordering a steering pump to see if it will fix problem. I have only had the car 3 days and driven 200 miles. Also found that them problem includes gm acadia and chevy traverse.

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Failure Date: 04/25/2013

Steering would click, grind & knock while driving, particularly when turning. We took our Enclave to an independent shop where they found that the rack and pinion assembly had to be completely replaced. It was a safety concern, so we had the independent shop replace the rack and pinion assembly immediately. I've contacted gm as well as the local dealership several times regarding this issue. Asking for reimbursement of repair costs since this is a design flaw by gm, not a consumer driving issue. I have 60k miles on my 2008 Enclave and all maintenance has been kept up to date on this vehicle and we are the original owners. I was told that they would in no way reimburse me because one I took the vehicle to an independent shop not a dealership and two my bumper to bumper warranty is out and rack and pinion assembly is under bumper to bumper not the power train warranty which is available to us for the next year (approx). I told gm that there are several postings on the internet (including NHTSA. Gov) regarding rack and pinion issues with the Enclave. I was told that the internet was free and anyone could post on there. My response back was I personally know two Enclave owners that this happened to and their repairs were covered by Buick because their warranty hadn't expired. Gm told me there is no recall to date. I find this to be disappointing as there obvious design flaw issues with the Enclave. I am getting the run around and on my latest call with a supervisor at gm I was told that he would pass the information to his manager, but I probably wouldn't get a call back because they are more hr they don't handle customer issues. I was told to send a letter to gm via usps. The Enclave is unsafe to drive as the steering can lock up at any time. I believe that this should be investigated more closely and as a result I believe a recall will be done.

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Failure Date: 04/22/2013

I bought my Enclave brand new. I now have 73000 miles on it. We took the car in because it was becoming very hard for me to turn the wheel and I could have been in an accident because of this. The dealership told us that the power steering pump and the power steering rack & pinion had to be replaced! what??!! I had never heard of anyone that I know of having this kind of major issue with their car at 73000 miles. We did some research and found that there have been several other Buick owners with this same issue with fewer miles on their car. This is a safety issue that Buick needs to research and resolve. My other safety problem is the power liftgate. If your car is parked on a hill, the power liftgate will drop on top of you with no warning. The liftgate struts dont work when your car is parked on a slope.

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Failure Date: 04/17/2013

The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that while turning the steering wheel, a loud sound was heard from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician diagnosed that the rack and pinion was deteriorating. No repairs were performed on the vehicle. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 55,000.

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Failure Date: 04/02/2013

Rack and pinion needed to be replaced control arm needed to be replaced steering bushing needed to be replaced.

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Failure Date: 09/11/2012

My power steering, in my 2009 Buick Enclave, has caused me problems for almost two years. The power steering has made weird (and loud) noises, when doing slow speed turns. There always seemed to be resistance when turns are made (especially if a slow, sharp turn is needed), above the norm. Finally, today, the entire power steering/rack pinion drive went out. I almost got into an accident, when trying to turn left out of an intersection today. It now requires a huge effort to turn the wheel and the car is not safe to drive.

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Failure Date: 03/16/2012

I was slowing down to make a right turn into my parents drive when the power steering failed (felt like it was locking up). At the time I was pulling a small trailer so I had to pass up the driveway to keep from getting into an accident. I turned around again and everything seemed fine. Later that day it happened again and then it was 6 weeks before it happened again. I called my service advisor who said there may be air in the line. I had just serviced my car. The symptoms continued off and on for several months off and on. . . And I finally had the rack and pinion replaced on June 14, 2012 as well as the power steering pump. I am very concerned there may be other similar vehicles with similar issues that may cause a serious or even fatal accident.

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