Steering Rack And Pinion Problems of Buick Enclave - part 1

Buick Enclave owners have reported 39 problems related to steering rack and pinion (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   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2009 Buick Enclave 1
Failure Date: 03/31/2018

Power steering locks up or goes out while turning at slow speeds or when you apply the brakes. This happens on the highway, city streets, parking lots or in driveways. There is no warning or apparent reason for this to happen. When it started we had our mechanic take a look, and he stated everything looked good and power steering fluid levels were normal. He suggested he could look at the steering rack and pinion could be what is needed, since this is common on this model and year of vehicle. As time goes on it continues to worsen and is not safe to drive the vehicle with or without my family as passengers. The mechanic stated it was going to cost upwards of $1300 to repair, which we feel should be the cost of the manufacturer since this is a common problem!.

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Failure Date: 02/28/2018

Takata recall it appears this is a power steering issue with my 2010 Buick Enclave. I had it looked at and now it is still making a loud noise when driving, when making a turn and it make a rough sound now my stability tracking light is popping on saying to check the stability. I was told the rack and pinion and power steering pump were replaced but it is still causing issues. Loud noises occur when driving and when turning it makes a loud noise and my tracking light pops on and off.

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Failure Date: 11/08/2017

(no dealer info) tl the contact owns a 2010 Buick Enclave. The contact stated that she began having issues with the steering that progressively became worse. There were no warning indicators illuminated before or after the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rack and pinion failed. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2011 Buick Enclave 4
Failure Date: 10/17/2017

Loud whining noise and leaking from rack/pinion pump. Hewlett chevy/Buick dealership acknowledges pump is covered under special coverage adjustment but won't perform repair until pump and rack actually go out. . . Putting my family in danger.

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Failure Date: 10/17/2017

Power steering went out while driving down the road (city street) in my 2009 Buick Enclave. Took it to the shop, and they reported that I need to replace the rack and pinion and it is a common flaw in this type of vehicle.

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Failure Date: 07/17/2017

The contact owns a 2009 Buick Enclave. While having an in-house manufacturer recall repair performed on the vehicle for the replacement of the power steering pump, the local dealer (walker automotive, 1616 macarthur drive, alexandria, la 71301) informed the contact that the steering rack and pinion failed and needed to be replaced. The contact was also informed that both failures had to be repaired at the same time. The vehicle was not repaired due to the expensive cost. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The recall details were not provided. The failure mileage was approximately 80,128.

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Failure Date: 06/14/2017

The power steering fails when the car is not accelerating. It is almost impossible to turn the wheel after backing up or from a complete stop. I need to replace the pump and rack and pinion system as well as get the system flushed due to metal shavings that have sheared off of a part within the system. The total repair will cost approximately $2200. 00.

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Failure Date: 02/24/2017

This is a 1 owner vehicle, not driven long distances or on salted or rough terrain. In the last few months, I have had to replace both stabilizer bars, shocks, struts, and because the brakes were not put back on properly the brakes and rotors, and in 2011 the gear box had a leak which was replaced. Now after spending $4k in the last few months, I am being told the rack and pinion (which is the same as the gear box) is leaking again! I only have 74k miles on this car! I previously had a 1990 chevy suburban that never had these kinds of issues! and yet here alone I see over 80 issues for the power steering alone! make gm recall this vehicle or I fully intend to start a class action lawsuit and include your organization as well for failure to protect the public!.

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Failure Date: 08/03/2016

Power steering rack and pinion seals are leaking at 75000 miles as noted at gm dealer during routine service this is a safety issue that gm needs to address through a recall.

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Failure Date: 03/13/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Buick Enclave. While driving 10 mph and making a right turn, the steering seized without warning. When the vehicle was turned off and restarted, it operated normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the power steering pump and rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 56,664.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2012 Buick Enclave 11
Failure Date: 01/27/2016

Rack and pinion needs replacing after 76k miles. Rear hatch opens then slams shut on its own without staying up.

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Failure Date: 01/05/2016

At less than 60,000 miles the rack and pinion steering needed to be replaced due to a clunking noise and leaking seals.

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Failure Date: 01/02/2016

We have the 3. 6l v6 engine, and the timing chain and gears need to be replaced at 89,000 miles - rendering the car unsafe to drive (this has been a known issue across multiple gm cars using this engine). In addition, the steering gear/rack and pinion assembly are faulty along with the power steering pump (also a known issue).

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Failure Date: 09/30/2015

Today I had to replace the rack and pinion on my car. This morning I went to make a left hand turn from a complete stop into gas station and the steering locked up. I lost all control of the car for a few seconds as oncoming traffic was approaching. A similar incident happened a few weeks ago while I had my 1 and 5 year old in the car. I was circling around a building to the left. The steering seemed to lock up and pull right. . At the same time the engine revved up. I hit the brakes to avert going down a steep decline. I immediately took the car to my mechanic and they found a leak from the rack and pinion. I started researching this and discovered it seems to be acommon repair.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2008 Buick Enclave 15
Failure Date: 07/06/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Buick Enclave. While driving at various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact was informed that the power steering pump and the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 74,000.

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Failure Date: 06/17/2015

Power steering pump wear condition received a recall notice from Buick September 2014 in regards to a power steering pump wear condition, but the letter advised not to take to the dealer for repair until it was an issue. The letter did not state specifics as to how an individual would know that there was an issue but while taking the vehicle to holzhauer motors in cherokee, IA (authorized dealer) on June 17, 2015 for service (lube & filter change) I mentioned to the service advisor that when I turned my steering wheel there was a whining sound. I was later contacted by the service advisor stating that the power steering pump needed to be replaced and the cost of replacing the actual pump and labor was covered under said warranty. The service advisor also informed me that the rack and pinion also needed to be replaced. The service advisor clearly stated that the reason the rack and pinion needed replacing was because the power steering pump had gone out, but the parts and labor to replace the rack and pinion was not covered under the power steering pump warranty, even though that it what caused the rack and pinion to fail.

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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: 07/01/2014

2010 Buick Enclave. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle power steering problems. The consumer stated as his was driving, the steering locked up while maneuvering in a shopping parking lot. The dealer gave the consumer an estimate of $1200. 00 to replace the power steering pump and rack and pinion. The consumer went to a repair shop and had the repairs done for $861. 55. Soon afterwards, the consumer received a recall notice, which stated he would be reimbursed since the repairs had been done. Gm only reimbursed the consumer $258. 43 of the $861. 55 repair.

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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.

car image   Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2008 Buick Enclave 21
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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