Electrical System Problems of Chevrolet Cobalt - part 1

Chevrolet Cobalt owners have reported 710 problems related to electrical system (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   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 1
Failure Date: 07/13/2018

When im driving to work and car is in motion all lights dim, all 4 lock flicker off and on while im driving and car is in motion on highway. Sometimes the lock open other times they don't work with the car remote. The headlights will come on by them self even after I shut the car off. The car will unlock even after I lock it either wilth remote or manually. Chevy dealership had a recall on this car and I did take it for updates. I realize this is a 2010, but this has happened to my car since 2011. Once they fixed the problem it was ok, but here we go again. I tell me husband im afraid to get into christine. I would like the dealership to fix this at their expense. I don't think I will buy another chevy when I see how many electrical problems are written online.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 2
Failure Date: 06/26/2018

Instrument cluster malfunctioning, speedometer and warning indicators flashing, going out, resuming normal operation, then repeating the failure symptoms repeatedly. During failure symptoms the transmission and engine bog down, stall and the power steering assist fails (with engine still running) . Random electrical issues such as the check engine light, car alarm sensor, etc flash on and off then start working again totally normally. Can not get the failure to occur at the dealership or mechanics. Fails several times a week. Fails when driving on street, highway at low speeds, medium speeds or high speeds.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 3
Failure Date: 06/07/2018

Says ecm but all gauges going nuts.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 4
Failure Date: 05/25/2018

Twice now I�ve lost all power to my car driving down the highway. I can not remove the key, there is no power to anything. I replaced the battery after the 1st time. Exact same thing happened again.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 5
Failure Date: 05/12/2018

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving various speeds, the power steering seized and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to turn the steering wheel with force. There were no warning indicators illuminated prior to the failure. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that there was an electrical failure. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 99,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 6
Failure Date: 05/07/2018

"service air bag" message shows in the driver information center. There have been numerous reports of people having the same issue. The message will display at any random time, whether the vehicle is stationary or in motion. According to general motors bulletin no. : 09-09-40-003a, "the wire on the belt tension sensor (bts), that is part of the retractor assembly, may become open or acquire a ground near the sensor. If the bts is rotated toward the rear of the vehicle, added stress is applied to the wire bundle that may cause an open or a ground path. " general motors bulletin no. : 09-09-40-003a states that the following vehicles are affected: 2006�-2008 Chevrolet Cobalt coupe 2008�-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt ss coupe 2006 pontiac pursuit coupe (canada only) 2007�-2010 pontiac g5 coupe this concern may cause airbags to not deploy when needed, which is a major safety concern. However, general motors has not issued a safety recall for the affected vehicles.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 7
Failure Date: 05/01/2018

Electromagnetic meter (emf meter for both wireless & non-wireless forms of electrical radiation) used to measure electrical radiation levels read high levels of radiation that the meter felt was over-the-limit only when powering the vehicle on buy turning the key (with a battery & gas in the vehicle). The increase of electrical power seems to be the cause of the meter increasing. There are many wires that were under the seat that are setting off the meter when held within 12 inches of it (in the area the driver & passenger would sit - on the seat). Perhaps, a recall and electromagnetic shielding needs to be added in the area where the passengers and drivers sit.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 8
Failure Date: 03/10/2018

Won't crank unless you hold key in a certain place.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 9
Failure Date: 02/21/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. While inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the exterior lighting and windshield wipers were activated. When the contact entered the vehicle, she noticed that the air bag warning indicator was illuminated while the key was in the ignition. The vehicle was towed to wetzel Chevrolet (4700 national rd e, richmond, in 47374), but the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 14v171000 (electrical system) in November of 2017. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the contact would be responsible for the repair cost. The failure mileage was 83,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 10
Failure Date: 02/12/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 55 mph, the steering column seized and required excessive force to steer the vehicle. The contact stated that the gauges on the instrument panel fluctuated during the failure and the low fuel warning indicator illuminated. Autonation Chevrolet north (7320 n broadway, denver, CO) was contacted and diagnosed that the steering column module was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 73,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 11
Failure Date: 01/07/2018

Takata recall. I have a 2006 chevy Cobalt 2. 2. The traction control light is on and the power steering is on the dash. When driving it has a hard shift to it and power steering at all. It all start with the traction control light come on. I cant not get it off.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 12
Failure Date: 12/28/2017

Strong fuel odor in the passenger area, brake lights and steering wheel lights /buttons failing.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 13
Failure Date: 12/16/2017

Headlight issue headlights randomly stop working, issue effects high and low beam, left and right intermittent failures. Doesn't seem to be any relationship to movement or bumps in roadway. Pigtail appears to have been hot and shows signs of being overheated.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 14
Failure Date: 12/14/2017

Takata recall: I recently purchased a vehicle from someone (private owner) and as the tags will soon expire so I decide to get what needs maintenance done to turn that check engine light off. I got a free estimate from o� reilly�s and told me to go to chevy and get the maintenance done to my safety recalls. Next morning I drive over to chevy�s dealership where I was denied any recall being done by an employee named sean popplewell. I told him to print me out a paper of what had been done, needing to be done and also took it up with the manager. The service manager confirms I cannot be denied for a maintenance but sees that the only maintenance open online is a service update and that there is nothing they can do salvaged or not. As I recently purchased the vehicle I am being denied my right to a safety recall, not only being denied while driving my 1 and a half year old son, in a vehicle who�s check engine light is on due to the safety recalls that I am being denied to. I am within my right to 10 years after the recall is distributed to get the recall done within that time, they are not allowing me too. The car is 100% driveable but I need to get this taken care of so I am not denied in my smog test. I was also not the original owner and the law states that I am not held accountable for a previous owners lack of responsibility, I was not aware, I�ve never had received proper notification I should not be denied service. It�s sad to know they have denied me these rights in front of myself and my 1 and a half year old who is in the car 24. 7.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 15
Failure Date: 12/08/2017

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle was losing fuel while being driven. While in motion, fuel odors were emitted from the vehicle. In addition, the turn signals stopped working and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to premier Chevrolet Buick GMC (401 s. Loop hwy 59, livingston, TX 77351 (936) 587-9398) where the vehicle was repaired. After the repair, the turn signal failed and fuel started leaking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer again and a technician stated that the failure was repaired, and nothing could be done because it was no longer covered under the recall. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 300.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 16
Failure Date: 10/27/2017

The dash message says power steering. As I was excellerating in the on ramp of the highway, the rpm jumped up to 6,000 all on its own and now it will not shift gears, does not read any mph, and can barely go more than 20mph. This was unexpected and had no warnings prior to. Although it still functions (turns on, runs, has all power available, has reverse) it is ultimately disabled. Also, the fuel lines/ fuel pump failed causing a gas leak, making it a challenge to start the vehicle. I have patched the fuel line as a temporary fix. I have already replaced the lower control arms and the timing chains at my own expense.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 17
Failure Date: 10/01/2017

My 2008 chevy Cobalt began secreting a very strong fuel odor; it didn't matter if it was parked, or driving, the odor has been prominent 24/7. I checked for leaks and found nothing. I recently moved, so I have yet to find a new, trustworthy mechanic, so I've been driving my husbands car due to the fact that I do not feel safe driving the chevy at this point. I had however, been regularly starting the engine once a week, while trying to locate a mechanic, however now. My chevy is completely dead; it wont turn on, nor will the lock system even function VIN number: 1g1al58f787297278.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 18
Failure Date: 09/01/2017

Power steering contributed to a single vehicle wreck that call cause driver to slide into a ditch. Also electrical problems cause the wipers not to work in misty rainy conditions. Hood latch will not come up with out using extra force.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 19
Failure Date: 08/01/2017

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the key could be removed from the ignition while the engine was running. Also, the air bag indicator was illuminated. The contact called paradise Chevrolet Cadillac (27360 ynez rd, temecula, CA 92591) and was informed that there were no outstanding recalls on the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The cotnact believed that the vehicle should be included in NHTSA campaign number: 14e021000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 127,502.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 20
Failure Date: 07/07/2017

My ignition ion switch is very loose some times can't start car. My locks unlock and lock by them self. . This happens while driving and while sitting still.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 21
Failure Date: 06/13/2017

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving, the service air bag warning indicator illuminated and the wiper blades and heat were inoperable. The contact also mentioned that the power steering seized and was recently serviced per an unknown NHTSA recall for the power steering at ken barrett Chevrolet Cadillac (229 w main st, batavia, NY 14020 (585) 300-0199). The recall information was unavailable. The contact stated that the vehicle was not diagnosed and was unable to be driven. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 122,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 22
Failure Date: 05/26/2017

Car alarms power steering display comes on, car shakes, won't shift gears, was looked at , comp said lost connection to tmc trans modular control. While in motion.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 23
Failure Date: 05/24/2017

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign numbers: 14v047000 (air bags, electrical system) and (steering). While driving 35 mph, the steering wheel became extremely difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to hedricks Chevrolet (961 w shaw Ave, clovis, CA 93612) where it was tentatively diagnosed that the power steering module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that they could not assist until the vehicle was officially diagnosed for the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 107,690.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 24
Failure Date: 05/20/2017

I have an 05 Chevrolet Cobalt I bought off an individual August 2016 at first the car drove perfectly no major problems that couldnt be fixed. As of may 2017 while driving 30 mph or 60 mph my guages jump for example will be driving 55 mph on a city street and the guage will jump down to 20 mph. As I am turning my steering locks have almost crashed multiple times (needs recall fixed) but to be clear it does not jump at all while stationary. Having to feel unsafe in any vehicle should be unacceptable by any means. This is my first gm car and having worked for gm im highly disappointed.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 25
Failure Date: 05/17/2017

Signal showing airbag needs servicing goes on and off while driving. Headlights, low beam (both of them) just stopped working. New bulbs and new fuses are not the problem. Now, I can't even keep my high beams in "on" position. Only if I hold the switch. I've had this car for under 3 months. Driver's side door lock sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. I have to unlock the door manually (sometimes). I find that odd. My largest problem is obviously headlights. I have 2 children and can't drive at night, even in an emergency.


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