Car Will Not Start Problems of Chevrolet Cobalt
Chevrolet Cobalt owners have reported 12 problems linked to car will not start (under the electrical system category).
#1 - Car Will Not Start problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt
The car is a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Originally, the key got stuck in the ignition of my 2008 Cobalt and the car wouldn't shut off. Mechanic disconnected battery and attempted to bypass tumbler mechanism. With a paper clip. He triggered the key release. Car started after that. However, on about the fifth or sixth try after that, the car failed to start and the key wouldn't turn the ignition switch. Car is stuck at work 50 miles from home and I will have to pay a small fortune to tow it to the shop near me. . . One that won't rob me blind, that is. Furthermore, I have great need of my wheels as I transport musical equipment to and from my concerts with this car, so I'm losing revenue here. As this has been a recurrent problem and gm already knows it is an issue, I request a recall and reimbursement for this problem, including the towing fee. Thanks in advance, gm. Regards, an avid, but currently downhearted, non-running chevy owner. This car will not start issue occurred Fri., Jul. 19, 2013.
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#2 - Car Will Not Start problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
The car was a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The VIN of the problem Cobalt is 1G1AK55FX6_. Car will not start the computer states that "power steering" I took this to the dealer and they said that the problem was the fuse box I replaced it and there is still a problem I will take to dealer to check next problem. This issue happened on Apr. 16, 2012.
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#3 - Car Will Not Start problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
The vehicle involved is a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The first occurrence was on 9/9/2011 at 7:30 am in the morning. The vehicle would not start. The second occurrence was on 9/9/10 at 5:00 p. M. The vehicle started and when arriving at designated location the vehicle would not stop in park. The engine continued to run, unable to take key out of ignition, the vehicle when put into other gears was able to drive. We attempted to get the engine to stop and get the key out of the ignition but we failed to do so for a lenghty period of time. The battery had to be disconnected with the engine running. This decision was made after no other alternatives could be made to shut off the vehicle. This was a dangerous situation and could have cause electrical burns or other issues while doing this. It was Friday, Sep. 9, 2011 when this car will not start issue occurred.
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#4 - Car Will Not Start problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
The vehicle was a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. There was crash involved with this Chevrolet Cobalt. On the morning of February 20th, I was driving back to my boyfriends house from work. I got off around 7:30 am so it was around 8 am when I reached the exit for his house. I slowed the car to take the exit ramp to 40 mph with my foot still on the brake. The car then veered hard to the right and I tried to straighten out the wheel as I let off the brakes. Instead the car veered to the left and I started to hydroplane. I lost complete control of the car and began to spin. My steering wheel then locked up. As I was spinning, the right side of my car struck a light reflector pole and shattered my back passenger window in the pain and dented the car and removed paint. It also messed up my back alignment. For the first few minutes my car would not even start back up and the brakes were locked in place. I then had the car towed to my home dealership to be inspected. After inspecting the car, they said that no codes for power steering had popped up, yet they did not actually drive the car to see how it drove. Therefore, I had to pay out of pocket at a different dealership to have my car fixed. It was 02/20/11 when this car will not start issue occurred.
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#5 - Car Will Not Start problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt
The car involved is a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. My 2008 chevy Cobalt just started giving me problems April 2, 2011. I purchased it on March 15, 2011. I went to leave work and my car wouldn't start. All my elecrical components shut down on me and my key wouldn't come out the ignition. When I turned the switch it just made a clicking noice. So I just sat there trying to figure out what was wrong. So I walked away trying to get help. When I returned the radio was on and the car just started right up. Also it doesn't pick up speed on the highway. At 65mph it seems as if I'm just barely moving. I feel as though this is an inconvience to me because I have to sit and wonder if my car is gonna start everytime I turn the swich. It has occurred several times in one day and I haven't even had my car for a month. I am highly upset. The failure date was Saturday, Apr. 2, 2011.
#6 - Car Will Not Start problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1G1AK58F48_. The vehicle involved is a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle would hesitate to start intermittently. The contact would have to attempt to start the vehicle several times, toying with the key until the vehicle would start. The failure progressed to the point where the vehicle would not start at all. The contact stated that the failure did not appear until after the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 10v073000 (steering:electric power assist system). The vehicle was not inspected for the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 44,113. This problem occurred on Saturday, June 5, 2010.
#7 - Car Will Not Start problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
The car is a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. When the vehicle is turned off, the steering column locks as does the ignition and the car cannot be restarted. The car has been stranded several times due to this defect. This issue happened on Oct. 4, 2010.
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#8 - Car Will Not Start problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
The car is a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Vehicle will not start after it is turned off after a period of driving. This occurs at least 5-10 times a week. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership, bresee chevy in liverpool, NY for this problem, and we were told nothing could be done because the problem could not be replicated. We were told that we had a bad battery cell and were charged for a battery replacement after owning the vehicle for 2 years. The vehicle now has a "engine low power" warning and the engine light is on. The vehicle runs erratically, and there is concern of stalling while driving. This vehicle was purchased brand new in November of 2005, and is only used for commuting to work on the highway. Also, the tires on this vehicle were completely bald at 38,000 miles and had to be replaced, and the bearings on the front end also had to be replaced. This vehicle has major problems-it is an overall nightmare!. This car will not start problem happened on Fri., Dec. 28, 2007.
#9 - Car Will Not Start problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
The car involved was a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Friday night at a gas station. Started the car. Engine shut off when placed in reverse. Would stay running in park, neutral, and drive. Drove the car home. Called langs Chevrolet in beavercreek, ohio Saturday morning. Was going to drive car in to dealership. Car would not start intermittently. When the car did start, it would run for 2-10 seconds then "power steering" would come on. Air bag lights would come on. Various intermittent codes would come on. Most of the time the all gauges would go off and the car would not start. Lang had car towed to dealership Saturday. . Feels like the steering column is loose. Also, front suspension/steering makes rattling noise over rough surfaces. Will make a rattling noise while sitting still and moving steering wheel back and forth will repost with the results. Others. . . Please do not repost the same complaint! this bogs down our search capabilities. Thank you, paulj. This problem occurred on Aug. 8, 2008.
#10 - Car Will Not Start problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt
The vehicle involved was a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. My 2005 chevy Cobalt was towed in for the 3rd time in 3 months. It is not even a year old yet. All three times have been exactly the same - I go out to start the car in the morning & the car's electrical system goes haywire and the car will not start. This first 2 times, the dealer said it was an electrical problem & they replaced everything. This last time they said it's just a dead battery. If that is the case, wouldn't they have figured that out the first 2 times? something clearly is awry in the electrical system and it is draining the battery. I don't want this car - I can't trust it to start & the dealer clearly doesn't know what's wrong. I intend to take legal action. It was 05/26/06 when this car will not start issue occurred.
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#11 - Car Will Not Start problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt
The VIN of this Cobalt is 1G1AL12F55_. The reporting person's vehicle is a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. While pulling into a parking spot the contact took the key out the ignition. The vehicle remained on until the contact depressed the brake pedal and put the vehicle in first gear. The vehicle was still engaged after putting the key back into the ignition. Several times the vehicle would not start instead it stalled. The contact did inform an authorized dealer and they installed a new ignition switch at the contacts expense. The contact was concerned since she has only owned the vehicle for one month. The failure mileage was 79200 and the current mileage was 80129. This car will not start issue occurred 02/18/2010.
#12 - Car Will Not Start problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt
The vehicle having this issue was a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Chev 2005 Cobalt 63000 mile on the clock , I purchased the car in December 2008 . In Jan 2010 I was driving on a highway at 50 miles an hour when a chime sounded and the console flashed power steering . I did not feel much difference in the car at that time . This next happened 2 days later. It seemed that turning the car off would rectify the problem. With in the month, the car was experiencing the problem on each drive I took with in the first 15 min. I had a problem while in the school car park that it failed and I lost all control I was able to stop the car with the brakes. Almost hitting a small child and the car mounting the curb as I was unable to turn the wheels. I contacted gm in late February when the incident happened and was told the problem is not something they are aware of and that maybe a patch on ice caused the loss of control. It was the following day that while driving on the highway at 50 miles an hour the chime sounded and the console flashed power steering . The car lost all power. It did not stall or run out of gas it quick working . I was unable to get the car to restart. I was lucky that I was in the right hand lane of traffic and was able to pull over to the hard shoulder. The car would not start for over an hour . When the car started I returned home . I had a mechanic look over the vehicle while it was working and no problem other than the failure of the power steering could be found . The car has lost all power and shut down with in 5 mins of the car running . The car will not start . It will be days before the start. It now when it starts,the chime sounds and flash power steering flashes and the car shuts down . This is an unsafe car . The problem is serious and life threatening . To think I could have taken the life of a child if the car had not stopped when it did . The car is sat in the garage I am not able to drive . It was Friday, January 29, 2010 when this car will not start issue occurred.
Other Electrical System related problems of Chevrolet Cobalt:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Electrical System problems||186|
|Ignition Switch problems||28|
|Instrument Panel problems||27|
|Car Will Not Start problems||12|
|Ignition Module problems||12|
|Battery Dead problems||6|
|Electrical Failure problems||5|
|Anti-theft Controller problems||5|
|Dashboard Failed problems||4|
|Dash Wiring problems||4|
|Battery Cable problems||4|
|Ignition Coils Failure problems||3|