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Steering Column Problems of Chevrolet Cavalier



Chevrolet Cavalier owners have reported 22 problems related to steering column (under the steering category).

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 1
Failure Date: 04/18/2013

Driving at low speed. Steering wheel experienced excessive side play. Made appointment at local mechanic (non-dealer) steering housing taken off and found one of two pins in the steering column for the tilt mechanism half way out of housing. Mechanic reinserted pin and attempted to restake pin in housing. Experienced no side play after repair for about 1 week and problem has resurfaced.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 2
Failure Date: 06/05/2012

There is a well known problem with the horn after time/wear with the 2003-2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. There is a issue with the contact in the steering column to active the vehicles horn. The problem is caused by the rotating ribbon circuit contact under the steering wheel having a broken filament for the horn circuit, the part is known as a clock spring contact. The horn will not work by pressing either button on steering wheel, but will sound as part of vehicle security system by pressing key fob. This issue can lead to accidents, and injury. This is a know problem reported by many vehicle owners on different forums, databases, and searches. Please fix or recall this part Chevrolet, to prevent accident, injury, and death.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier 3
Failure Date: 09/04/2010

Both my husband and I drive 2005 chevy Cavaliers, his car as roughly 95,000 miles on it his problems started first. First the gauges have started to go. The speed-o-meter and gas gauge are never right. Next his steering wheel column has started to come loose. My car having no more than 60,000miles on it has recently followed trend first my gas gauge went all the way around to being stuck in the middle, and then my gas gauge would get stuck and bump into the temp needle. This week I've noticed that my steering wheel column is coming loose too, my dashboard rattles and makes a noise like something is clunking around in there and I am worried this could lead to an accident I have looked online and noticed others have had issues with their Cavaliers as well. Also, I saw that there was a recall# 08e063000 dealing with steering issues in the 2007 models. I have not however noticed a recall for the 2005 models.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 4
Failure Date: 05/12/2010

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. While attempting a turn at speeds of 8 mph, the steering column fractured from the vehicle and fell into the contacts lap. The contact was able to stop the vehicle without incident. The vehicle was examined by an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that there were screws missing from the steering column. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 130,012.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 5
Failure Date: 08/19/2009

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving approximately 50 mph on normal road conditions; the steering column and wheel exhibited severe looseness. Immediately, the vehicle speed rate was reduced and continued operation with caution. There were no prior warnings of the failures. The driver experienced extreme difficulty steering the vehicle. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunction at this time. The contact had concern of the safety risk involved. The failure and current mileages were 100,000.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 6
Failure Date: 05/14/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving in reverse at 15 mph, the contact could not control the vehicle's steering wheel. The steering wheel moved from side to side. The contact was able to move it by lifting up the wheel. The dealer was notified, but only stated how much it would cost to repair the failure. The engine size and transmission type were unavailable. The current and failure mileages were 72,810.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 7
Failure Date: 07/18/2006

Two years ago my 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier(then two years old) had the barrel that the key goes into on the steering column break. Now, two years later it has happened again.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 8
Failure Date: 08/14/2005

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet caviler. On the steering column where the contact tilted the steering wheel there was a pin that held the steering column and this fell out, and the steering column was moving around inside the dashboard. The manufacturer stated that the part was irreplaceable. The dealership and the manufacturer did not want to fix the vehicle because it had too many miles.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 9
Failure Date: 05/01/2005

I own a 2000 chevy Cavalier and the warranty has expired. When turning the steering wheel while the car is moving very slowly and loud clunking/popping noice is heard from the front of the car--possibilty under the dask board. I am trying to find out if there has been a recall on the steering column or anything that has to do with steering of the automobile. In reading through different consumer complaint; it would seem this a major problem with the 2000 Cavalier and the customer should be taken care of to prevent an accident and/or injuries to the automobile occupants. Cannot afford extended warranty nor can I afford more auto repairs. Please respond with some positive feedback.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 10
Failure Date: 04/07/2004

Consumer complained about smoke coming from the steering column. Consumer complained to the dealer, but was told dealer will not pay for recall repairs because this vehicle was not covered under the recall due to VIN. Consumer insisted that this vehicle had the same problem as mentioned on the internet recall information.


 
car image   Steering Column problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier 11
Failure Date: 03/20/2004

Same defective bearing problem in steering as 2000 and Chevrolet caviliers. Bearing is noisy when wheel is turned. Could cause steering wheel to freeze or lockup upon binding. Bearing is a universal swival type bearing located at the bottom of the steering column, just in front of the firewall and is covered by a rubber boot. The bearing makes a noise when the steering wheel is turned. The noise goes away when the bearing is sprayed over and over with wd-40, but comes back after a thousand miles of driving. Other 2000 - 2002 Cavaliers were recalled because of the problem, but the 1999 Cavaliers are having the same problem like this one and should also be brought to the dealers attention and recalled.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier 12
Failure Date: 08/11/2003

Consumer states that the steering wheel is smoking. Dealer notified.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier 13
Failure Date: 02/07/2003

The steering wheel column locked up, which caused the vehicle to stall. Scc.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 14
Failure Date: 02/04/2003

Consumer took vehicle in to have it serviced for the steering column recall 02 v 286 000 . After taking the vehicle apart indicated that the parts weren't available and they don't know when they will be available. Ph.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 15
Failure Date: 01/15/2003

The steering wheel is hard to turn when driving around turns. Received recall notice. Dealer said not urgent. Shortly after she crashed her vehicle because of the defective steering.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 16
Failure Date: 08/15/2002

While driving smoke was coming out of the steering column. Ph.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 17
Failure Date: 10/01/2000

Consumer complained about a steering column problem. When steering column turned it made a noise, and it got louder and louder. Vehicle had been in repair shop at least 5 times. The noise could be felt in the floor board. The left front coil spring was mispositioned and caused noise as well. The arm assembly front control lower right and the steering shaft intermediate was replaced. The front lower control arm was loose at the cradle.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier 18
Failure Date: 06/01/2000

I purchased a new 1999 chevy Cavalier in March 1999 and began hearing creaking sounds coming from the steering column one year after purchase. Since the car was under warranty I took it the chevy dealership where I purchased it for repair. They greased some parts to diminish the noise. I took the car in 2 other times to have it looked at and the same action was taken, no parts were ever replaced. Recently I took the car to a chevy dealership and I was told the whole steering column needs to be replaced for about $2300. There are multiple complaints and warnings to mechanics that consumers may come to them with these issues listed over the last 9 years. Therefore, this is a flaw with the vehicle that until now Chevrolet has not taken responsibility for. Currently the vehicle is still making the noise and I was warned if the wheel starts to "stiffen up" to come back immediately as the danger of losing control of the vehicle is extremely high.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 19
Failure Date: 12/20/1996

While trying to press the horn, horn did not respond and then the steering column started to inflate. The vehicle does have an airbag.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 20

When turning, there was a clucking noise within the steering column. The cause of the noise had not been determined. The vehicle is currently at the dealership. Please provide more details.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 21

While driving pins came out of tilt mechanism of steering wheel, causing steering wheel to drop down. Contact dealer, and dealer stated never heard of this.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 22

Consumer states while traveling and making a left turn steering wheel would not turn left, causing vehicle tto ravel to the right and run into a tree.