Battery Problems of Chevrolet Cobalt

Chevrolet Cobalt owners have reported 25 problems related to battery (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chevrolet Cobalt based on all problems reported for the Cobalt.

car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 1
Failure Date: 01/23/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While the vehicle was at a service center, the steering wheel failed to turn and seized. The power steering and service air bag lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the battery and passenger seat module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 2
Failure Date: 07/31/2012

I started my vehicle up and parked it in the garage. When I went to remove my key from the ignition, the key wouldn't turn and I couldn't get my key out. In order to turn the car off, I had to remove the fuse and unhook the battery. I'm taking the car to schmidt Chevrolet in centralia, IL first thing tomorrow, but there is no active recall on my vehicle at this time. I see that his has been an issue for multiple Cobalt owners and even the mechanics that I was able to get a hold of told me that this is a known issue. I believe that my vehicle should be included in this recall and that any money spent should be refunded to me by Chevrolet for a poorly designed ignition.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 3
Failure Date: 07/27/2012

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the key would not remove from the ignition. The contact had to disconnect the battery in order to remove the key. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 60,000.

car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 4
Failure Date: 06/12/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that there were several attempts before the ignition key would turn into the off position. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who replaced the ignition tumbler. The failure persisted after the repair was performed. The malfunction caused the battery to weaken and required a charge. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000. The VIN was unavailable.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 5
Failure Date: 03/20/2012

I have a 2009 chevy Cobalt and upon parking my car I cannot turn off the car and remove the keys from the car. I was able to do a quick search on my phone on what to do and found hundreds of responses on online forums of people having the exact same problem. The key will not turn backwards (towards off). It will budge forward slightly but will not turn the car off and allow the key to be removed. Upon calling a dealership and gm directly I have found out that this an incredibly common instance. I was able to pop the trunk and pull the fuse and power from the battery to kill the engine but no matter what I do I cannot remove the key. I have even tried suggestions from gm which involve a manual key release under the steering column but nothing happened (mechanic told me this actually doesn't work the way gm explains). My car is getting fixed for a nominal fee that I cannot afford because I have recently lost my job. My complaint however resides on how common this issue is and how quick gm and dealerships are able to diagnose it because of how often this comes up.

car image   Battery problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 6
Failure Date: 03/10/2012

Key is stuck in ignition in the on position. Car will not turn off. Had to disconnect the battery (while car is running) to turn off. Although support bulletin 10256 references this exact problem with 2009 Cobalts, gm and dealer are saying that my car is not included in this and I have to pay to get fixed. The support bulletin says dealers fix at no cost through January of 2013. But. . . My VIN was not included in the support bulletin. This is a serious issue. My daughter was not home when this happened. Having to disconnect the battery while the car is running and damage that may be caused to other equipment because of connecting and disconnecting the battery. I see so many reports of this problem online with some people having issue. How do we get the list of VIN's updated. How do we get the word out to customers that this is a known problem. I am very upset that I have to pay for this. I was told that a key getting stuck in the ignition is a common problem. Gm did compromise with me with my deductible but I honestly think this should have been a recall and I should not have to pay for a known issue.

car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 7
Failure Date: 06/25/2011

My 2008 chevy Cobalt lt won't turn off the key is in the ignition and won't come out or turn off. I went to the dealer ship and they said that this is a common problem with Cobalts prior to this and it's the cylinder ignition. They said that it is not covered by warranty and it hasnt been recalled, but if it happens so much why havent they done anything about it yet. If people are having problems then why isn't this taking care of? I do not have 300 plus dollars to put into my car. To fix it. They told me I could drive it like that til I could fix it all I had to do was disconnect the battery terminal until I was ready to use the car. When I did that and went to turn the car back on by battery it said energy power reduced and my car won't even start now. When I called to them this they said OH your throttle body went bad. But they were the ones who told me I could do this. Now I have no car to drive and they said it would be 300 plus to fix this problem as well. So now im looking at over 600 dollars to fix my car which I do not have.

car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 8
Failure Date: 05/07/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the key became lodged in the ignition. The failure drained the battery until the vehicle shut down completely. The contact had the vehicle towed to a dealer where he was advised that the steering column would need a new key cylinder. The dealer stated that if the key cylinder was not replaced, then the vehicle would continue to shut down in the future. The contact believed that the failure was a known safety issue with the year make and model due to the numerous reports found via the internet. The failure mileage was 98,461.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 9
Failure Date: 01/24/2011

When the car is shifted to park and the engine is shut down, the key cannot be removed from the ignition. The ignition is locked in the on or acc. Position, if the key is left in place, the battery is drained. There have been instances where the doors will not lock with the key in the ignition and the ignition in the on position. When the car is in this condition, it cannot be left unattended because everyone has access to the car.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 10
Failure Date: 12/28/2010

I have a 2005 chevy Cobalt, the key constantly gets stuck in the ignition, the last time this happened I was unable to turn my car off for over 5 hours. This is a problem for many reasons. Not only will I probably have to replace that part but eventually the battery due to this. I've researched it online and see that it is a common complaint among many chevy's especially my model. I think since it's such a common issue their should be a recall for this. I don't see why I should waste over $800 to get something fixed that is more common than it should be.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 11
Failure Date: 11/12/2010

2010 chevy Cobalt pulled into a parking spot and put my car into neutral and the emergency brake up and went to turn the key to the off position and it would not turn. I checked to see if there was a locking mechanism on the steering wheel and if I hadn't fully put it into neutral and neither was the issue. Tried to get it out a couple times then eventually called onstar and they told me the tow guy would be able to get the key out of the ignition. They sent a tow truck but when the tow truck came he couldn't get it off I spoke to him and told him I did not have a ride home and I was an hour away from home. He said I could drive it home. The car was idle for over 2hrs and used about a quarter of a tank of gas. I drove it home and stalled it by puttin it in 1st gear and letting up off the clutch. Then un hooked the battery. I will be bringing it to the nearest Chevrolet dealership in the morning. Today's date 11-12-2010 8:21pm previous issues as well when its very cold out when I go over a bump the radio will shut off and when I push on the console near the radio it shuts off as well.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 12
Failure Date: 09/30/2010

Car would no start on first attempt--stereo and all electrical components in car turn on, but car does not start at all. Got back into car about 10 minutes later, tried again--started right up. While driving, all gauges would drop all the way to zero and all electrical inside car goes dead. Upon parking, car would not immediately restart. Got electrical test at auto parts store, told it was reading bad battery--so I replaced battery at that time.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 13
Failure Date: 06/20/2010

I have a 2005 chevy Cobalt. 59000 miles on it. Had the whole power steering problem right after I financed the car, the recall that went out in March was replaced immediately, 3000 miles later (I drive about 2500-3000 a month) power steering started acting up again, took it to a mechanic, it wouldn't act up for him, he said to bring it back when it was actually acting up. It worked fine for a few weeks, happened again, check engine light came on, took it in still wouldn't give him any problems, mechanic advised to have chevy check the power steering motor recall to see if maybe they replaced it with a bad motor. Called Chevrolet to get the power steering recall looked at again to see if maybe the replacement was a bad one. . . . . Chevy dealership looked at it, checked the car and said he didn't know what was going on with it, and that he could change a few things. . . . Power steering column, new battery. . . Etc. $1000 dollars + worth of work and not knowing the whole time if it was even the problem. Worked ok again for a couple more weeks and now it doesn't want to shift in and out of gears and gain speed on the highway, check engine light came on, took it to a mechanic as soon as it happened, he took it out to test drive and the darn thing wouldn't act up on him. This car is a lemon, even the idiotic Chevrolet people at the dealership don't know what it is going on with the car and don't know how to fix it. I just want the thing off my hands, don't want to have to pay anymore into it, it's unreliable and unsafe.

car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 14
Failure Date: 05/17/2010

In April 2010 my daughter's 2006 chevy Cobalt's clutch was replaced. There was about 38,500 miles on the vehicle. All the regular maintenances where done to keep this car in shape. The total of the repair was 1400. 00 dollars doubled that of the chevy cavalier. Yesterday on may 17th she was driving on a busy street in albuquerque, new mexico around 5pm traffic time. Her vehicle just stopped went dead with no warning, she was almost rear ended. The car's battery is good and she had about half tank of gas so those weren't the problems. She pushed it into the nearest parking lot and waited but the car would not turn over. There is no sound when she turns the car on, this is insane with the problems we have with this vehicle within a three year period. The dealers do not care about the cost we are putting into this vehicle but something has to be done to help the consumers. My other daughter has the same year and make of her sister' Cobalt they were bought on the same day. Her vehicle is an automatic and her power steering is going out already. There has to be something we could do as frustrated consumers.

car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 15
Failure Date: 04/27/2010

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, remote control system not good quality. I have two keys when bought the car. Just pass the 3 years, one key cannot unlock the car while can only lock the car. Another key works well. Compared my another Toyota car, already 7 years, the key only need replace battery and work. But Cobalt key electronic part worn out.

car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 16
Failure Date: 03/04/2010

The key gets stuck in the ignition and drains the battery.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 17
Failure Date: 01/01/2010

This scenario has happened numerous times: start engine, engage in driving after giving time for engine to idle down, begin to drive, all gauges go to 0 or blank out, power steering is lost, fuel gauge shows empty when driving with a full tank or less, rpm gauge states 0 when engine is still noticeably running, cid displays "pwr steering" indicating it is out. The only fix? turn off car, unplug battery terminal, wait 5 minutes, attach terminal, drive again. But the check engine light remains on for a day or two. This normally happens once a week and no dealers say there's a problem reading on my ecu/pcm. I'm so fed up with this. My car is a 2005 model and this has never been corrected.

car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 18
Failure Date: 12/27/2009

I can't remove the key from the ignition. Some of interior electrical remain on which drains the battery.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 19
Failure Date: 12/01/2009

Power door locks and remote will not work replace battery still not working, can not drive over 40 mph because car jumps and steering is all over the place and made me hit a giant pot hole and cause damage under the car and I think it bent by rim on passenger side front and four about a year or more drivers headlight light is pull of moisture and has a bad glare in it. Called chevy and they refuse to do anything about all of it.

car image   Battery problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 20
Failure Date: 08/01/2009

No incident has occurred at this point, however, I see this as a potential safety hazard. I have a 2009 chevy Cobalt with battery installed in the trunk. The battery vent tube is connected to the top of the battery by a plastic elbow, a plastic vent tube is connected to the male nipple on the elbow. The plastic vent tube inside diameter appears to be too small inside diameter for the male nipple. The plastic vent tube is split where it attaches to my battery where it is pushed onto the male nipple which will allow the vented hydrogen gas to vent into the trunk (which is part of the passenger compartment only separated by the back seat) I think presents a potential safety hazard and potential fire risk. I can send you a picture of the split vent tube if you need to see it. I assume that this is a factory installation defect, this is not an improper repair defect, so this situation could exist on other models using this type of vent tubing.

car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 21
Failure Date: 06/15/2009

Car alarm went off while parked and locked. No apparent reason why it was going off. It did this several times that day. At times, I will lock the vehicle only to come out and see that it is unlocked. I have been having problems with the remote key fob. I replaced the battery and not much changed. Also, on this vehicle, I noticed that when I put the car into park,the headlights went off. When the engine was shut off the lights went out immediately instead of staying on for a couple of minutes like they are supposed too.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 22
Failure Date: 03/15/2009

I purchased a 2005 chevy Cobalt in August of 2005. Less then a week after purchasing the vehicle it was in the shop to be fixed. I have had problems with the steering panel (key will not come out of the ignition, button on stick shift sticks, can not turn car off without disconnecting the battery), I have had problems with the power windows and locks, I have had problems with the stereo going into "lock" mode - which in turn makes me turn the car on and then off again to get the radio to work. I looked into the lemon law and they stated since it was all electrical, they could not pin point it to being the same problem all 5 times of it being in. Well, it has done it again now in March of 2009. They are stating that me extended warranty through national warranty does not cover this therefore I have to pay $400 to fix something that seems to be a default on this car. It is not yet 4 years old. I have had nothing but problems with this car. I tried trading it in, but I was laid off last year and make less money and do not have the best credit because of not working for almost a year. I hate this car and after the customer service and the problems I have had with this car, I will never purchase a chevy again!! this is something that has happened since I purchased the car and they say they will not cover it. I have found on several websites that others have had this same problem, but chevy says it has not been reported enough to them to say that it is a recall. Wow!.

car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 23
Failure Date: 12/10/2008

The chevy Cobalt 2006's power steering went out and key was stuck in the ignition. The entire gear shift was replaced to get the key out the ignition. The battery was unplugged to reset computer chip for power steering but the problem still continues. While driving the car has shut off, the needles for the fuel and speedometer continually jumps and the car jerks back and forth while continuing not to have power steering.

car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 24
Failure Date: 07/07/2008

Just wouldn't start one day. It's an 07 Cobalt - chevy new car that I financed with about 20,000 miles on it. I played around with the shifter and it started! now it does it at least once daily. It usually takes about 10 minutes to get it started. The engine will just click and the battery comes on, all the lights etc. It is not life threatening directly - but suppose I get stuck somewhere in the middle of the night with no heat? I brought it to the dealer - it's under warranty. The dealer could not duplicate the problem and I have tried numerous times to resolve this. Today was the last straw because they told me they refused to help me. I don't know what else to do. . . Chevrolet should pay for the this.

car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 25
Failure Date: 10/18/2006

Power goes off after you shut the car off. You have to press the button in the trunk on the battery before it will crank. Power button for the trunk does not work. You can start the car and it will still keep trying to crank.

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