Chevrolet Cavalier owners have reported 92 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 Chevrolet Cavalier based on all problems reported for the Cavalier.
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving in reverse approximately 5 mph, the contact attempted several times to turn the steering wheel but the steering wheel would not respond. The failure was a continuous occurrence in any selected gear. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 02v286000 (steering: rack and pinion) but was advised that his VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired for the failure. The vehicle was no longer being driven. The failure mileage was 139,000. Updated 5/24/11.
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The contact owns a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier. While attempting to make a left turn from a stop, the power steering failed. The power steering works when driving forward and making a right turn, but fails only when turning left. GMC stated that his vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 02v286000 (steering:rack and pinion). The vehicle is currently at a Chevrolet dealer awaiting repair. The current and failure mileages were 61,000. * updated 12/12/07
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- the contact stated that while driving the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier with 47000 failure mileage at 25 mph he made a left turn and the vehicle began to vibrate. The contact pulled the vehicle onto the side of the road, looked under the vehicle and noticed that there was a puddle of power steering fluid on the ground. The vehicle was towed home, and the contact took the wheel off, filled the vehicle with power steering fluid, and noticed it was leaking from the rack and pinion. The dealer had not been contacted, and the vehicle had not been repaired.
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2004 chevy cav. Needs new rack and pinion steering assembly. Was told by mech that he had to replace 3 other cav's rack and pinion systems due to malfunctions. What is the deal with these rack systems. I have 70555 miles on my car. Was told by mech that cav's with lesser mileage needed replacing. Mech said this system needs to be looked at. And should be fixed by chevy.
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: the contact stated the power steering was not working properly making the vehicle very difficult to steer. A NHTSA recall, # 02v286000 was performed on the vehicle concerning, the steering:rack and pinion however, the recall did not remedy the problem. The dealership would not offer a second repair under the recall.
Driver was traveling at about 50 mph when she heard a loud pop. Suddenly the car started shaking back and forth. Driver lost control and crashed into a jersey barrier which totaled the car and caused injuries. Subsequent inspection revealed that something seemed to let go in the steering rack. The steering wheel can turn 8 to 12 inches from side to side without moving the wheels.
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: the contact stated while turning at various speeds the power steering failed intermittently. The vehicle has not been seen by a mechanic. There is a NHTSA recall, # 02v286000, regarding the rack and pinion; however, it is not included in the recall due to the VIN.
There was a recall on the steering rack and pinion on 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier build in 4-01-1997 to 10-31-1997 mine was made 11-01-1997. I know that what the problem is with mine because at times I can't turn the wheel at all when I slow down. The reason I'm writing about this is I would like to know if there been other reports on this problem with other 98 Cavaliers made at this time. I would like a report sent to general motors to see if they will go good for this part. I have a child and I feel this is a safety that they should go good for it and have it fix by a dealer and they should pay the dealer for the problem. Please email me back . You have my email address. I would like to hear back on this real soon. Thank you.
On 08. 25. 2003 sun Chevrolet (in pittsburgh, PA) performed recall work on my 1998 chevy Cavalier. This was classified as "rack and pinion campaign 02049, MA-96-v0948. 7". At that time the only part listed on my receipt as being installed on the Cavalier was bearing k 6. 835 a. Recently I have been encountering difficulty turning the steering wheel, where it feels as though the power steering has become disabled intermittently. This is very startling when it occurs, and has led to several "near misses" in traffic when trying to negotiate turns. So, on 07. 21. 2005, I took the vehicle back to sun Chevrolet for them to evaluate this problem. They told me the vehicle needs a new "steering gear" for $1168. 95, and that the vehicle is unsafe to drive. I called pricilla lundquist (from Chevrolet 866. 952. 4368 x 58092, service request # 1-351040321) on Saturday 07. 23. 2005, and she said that she would speak will sun Chevrolet then get back to us on Monday (07. 25. 2005). At that time she told us there is nothing they would do about the problem, it was completely our problem to fix and pay for. From reading the information on this rack and pinion recall, it seems as though the steering gear should have been replaced at the time of the recall (08. 25. 2003) along with the bearing to prevent this problem now. This vehicle only has about 55,000 miles on it, but is not safe to drive because of this steering problem.
Rack and pinion steering failure. Car fails to steer left and almost causes a crash due to lack of being able to steer. Ability to steer to the right is fine. Making left hand turns now worries me when driving. During my commute I am constantly worried whether or not I can make a left-hand turn. This has almost caused three accidents. Why wasn't this recalled considering all the the problems with this listed with the NHTSA? plenty of gm models have had this problem. Why should consumers take the fall when it stems back to the manufacturer?.
Caller had same problem as mentioned in recall 02v286000 concerning rack an dpinion steering. But this vehicle was not included in recall due to VIN. Dealer and manufacturer said his vehicle was not included.
Steering:rack and pinion. . . Went out. I hear this is a problem with these cars and yet nobody is doing anything about it. I am just going to have to let everyone I know to stay away. 1999 chevy cav.
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Car started being hard to steer to the left and it was intermittent. It just started that morning of 5-28-05 . I was going down a steep hill and it became hard to turn it on a curve going off to the right. I proceeded slowly and as I attempted to make another left turn something snapped under the floorboards of the car and it would no longer turn at all-it would only go forwards or backwards. I had to call a tow truck who towed it to the Chevrolet dealer I bought it from and they informed me the steering gear box totally had to be replaced at a total cost of over $1800. It took the dealer 5 days to complete this repair and they kept the old parts.
Taking a left turn in a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier, the steering wheel locked, causing the car to veer left without ability to correct until explicit force was applied. The incidents left the steering wheel with sluggish control and therefore unsafe for driving. The car was taken to the dealership which asked for 800$ for the repair of the steering wheel. Information about this defect in gm cars has been seen throughout the internet, and a complaint is more than necessary.
While driving approximately 50 mph, the consumer lost control of the steering. Upon inspection, the consumer was told the rack and pinion had failed.
Recall campaign: power steering gear recall. The consumer had difficulty keeping the steering from wandering after the recall repair was done, the consumer had no problems with the vehicle prior. Recall# 02v286000. After having the vehicle in the dealer 3 times the rack and pinion was finally replaced in which the consumer stated should have been included in the recall. The consumer is requesting reimbursement.
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Nhtsa recall 02v286000, after having the vehicle serviced on a recall for rack and pinion the power steering was still defective.
Steering: rack and pinion. At times when I come to a stop I can't turn the wheel either way it's to hard to turn. I went to a garage to see what was wrong they checked it over and they said that the steering: rack and pinion is going. This has happened to me four times so far.
The consumer stated that when she came to a complete stop, at times she was unable to steer the vehicle. She stated it happened every now and then, but it was a concern: she said she looked on the web and found that this problem was a recall. (recall # 02v286000 and campaign # 02049) she says when she took her vehicle to the mechanic she was told that the rack and pinion was going bad.
While driving, the steering wheel failed. The consumer lost control of the vehicle and struck a steel pole. Both frontal air bags did deploy. The passenger was injured and went to the hospital the next day. The insurance company had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the rack pinion needed replacement. The insurance company totaled the vehicle. Please fill in additional information.
Nhtsa recall campaign 02v186000; steering assembly; the owner took her vehicle in for the recall but was informed that other items were wrong. Those items were repaired several days before. It appears that their interest was not about the steering, in which they only replaced the lower pinion. The consumer questioned the repairs made to her vehicle along with the brake lights failing once the vehicle was returned to her. They are not claiming any further responsibility. Please provide details. Tire was hit with a nail creating an unbalanced tire.
Consumer complained about rack and pinion steering problem. The manufacturer issued a recall for this problem however the consumer's vehicle was not covered under the recall due to VIN. The vehicle's steering wheel could not be turned to the left without using excessive effort.
Consumer stated that every 4500 miles rack and pinion steering malfunctioned. Consumer contacted the dealer, and the manufacturer indicated that they will give consumer $600. 00 credit towards a new vehicle. This was unacceptable to the consumer.
Consumer was driving through a parking lot and when turning into the driveway rack and pinion steering failed. Consumer turned the steering wheel, but the wheels outside the vehicle did not turn, resulting in a collision, and injuring the driver.
The consumer received a recall notice (02-v-286-000) for replacement of rack and pinion bearing. The dealership the recall repair was not done properly. The problem still occurs the service manager (rick jackson).
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