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Steering Column Problems of Chevrolet Cobalt - part 1



Chevrolet Cobalt owners have reported 214 problems related to steering column (under the steering category).

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 1
Failure Date: 04/20/2016

On 4 occasions the steering stopped working and locked up. Three of the four times was when vehicle was moving in a busy shopping area. In order to regain steering the car would have to be stopped shut off and restarted. After each incident the dealership was notified and vehicle was brought in. The steering column was replaced and car returned to us. At the present time the car is at dealership for the same issue the steering locking up while moving. The car remains at dealership and we notified gm of the situation we received a case number, senior advisor and were told to keep lender and they would be reaching out to dealership. As of this time the dealership has not responded to gm email and we have not heard from dealership or gm about the status of the car. We have experienced this very dangerous and stressful issue several times and do not believe this vehicle is safe and no longer want our lives put in danger.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 2
Failure Date: 03/09/2016

Takada recall. The led indicator on my steering column will show power steering, at which point if my rpms drop below 1000 the car will stutter, the power steering turns off, and it becomes very difficult to drive. Usually have to pull over and let car rest for 10 to 15 minutes before I can we engage the ignition and drive at a safe manner. This has happened multiple times during highway driving where it becomes extremely unsafe at highway speeds. Have checked VIN numbers and called Chevrolet only to be told my VIN number and car is too high for their recalls.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 3
Failure Date: 03/01/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while operating the vehicle, a cracking noise was present coming from the steering column. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,848.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 4
Failure Date: 02/29/2016

Ever since I purchased car it'seems been nothing but problems. First it was both control arm bushing after 1 month of purchasing my 06 chevy colbalt. I've since had to replace the entire front end all except for the steering column. Which makes a loud unsettling rattling noise when I go over the slightest bump or when I turn my wheel left to right while in the park position. But now even more scary my car has been stalling out randomly and I've seen other complaint's about this issue. I've had oil changes and tunes up and a diagnostic test and I've been told the car is okay. It's not okay! today it stalled out while accelerating at a green turn arrow and I got hit from the back by the car behind me turning as well. No huge damage but I'm afraid and would like to know what is the real issue.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 5
Failure Date: 02/02/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. When turning the steering wheel in either direction, a clicking noise was present coming from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the steering module was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 6
Failure Date: 11/24/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph and making a right turn the steering ability of the vehicle seized. The contact came to a complete stop the steering ability became very hard. The vehicle was driven to the house. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer recommended starting with the steering column replacement with no guarantee of a fix. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000. Bp.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 7
Failure Date: 11/14/2015

Turning the wheel while driving when the column broke loose and a broken piece of metal retainer ring of some kind dropped to the floor.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 8
Failure Date: 10/26/2015

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While making a right turn, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and caused the steering wheel to become very difficult to turn. The vehicle crashed into a utility pole. The air bags deployed approximately 5 minutes after impact and the steering column caught fire. The driver suffered left knee, back, neck, and hand injuries that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 154,000.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 9
Failure Date: 05/15/2015

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the front end of the vehicle shook intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and it was determined that the front bushings, electronic stability control, steering column, and the front driver and passenger side lower control arms needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 100,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 10
Failure Date: 05/02/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. While making a left turn at 20 mph, the steering wheel seized and became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the power steering motor, steering column, and another part needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10v073000 (steering). The failure mileage was 73,000.


 
car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 11
Failure Date: 12/07/2014

On 12/7/14, my power steering went out while I was backing up. When I turned the car off and back on a few minutes later, the power steering came back. I took the car to the dealership on 12/12/14 and was told the steering column was faulty and paid about $830 for it to be replaced. On 2/25/15, the power steering went out again. I took it back to the same dealership and was told that the steering column that was put in two months before was also faulty. It was replaced free of charge since the original repair was still under warranty. Eleven days later, on 3/8/15, the power steering went out again. This time when I took it back to the dealership, I was told the batter cables were lose and that the battery failed the load test, and that this is what was causing the power steering to go out this time, but they still insisted that it was the steering columns the first two times. I was told if I paid for the battery, the labor would be free. I had the battery replaced elsewhere and have filed a complaint with gm's corporate customer service center and the bbb. I will also file a complaint with the az attorney general's office since the issue has not been rectified.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 12
Failure Date: 10/31/2014

On Friday, when I tried to back out of my parking space, my wheel was extremly difficult to turn. At first I thought it was because the weather was changing and it was cold outside. Throughout that day, the wheel began to loosen up, but it was still a little stiff. The next day, Saturday, I tried to turn my wheel and it would not turn. The wheel felt like it was stuck. I let my car warm up and eventually I was able to drive the car. On Sunday, I took my vehicle to pep boys to see what was wrong. They diagnosed that my struts were cracked and that was causing the problem. And they quoted me about $600! so I took it to precision auto tune for a second opinion. At precision, they told me that there was nothing wrong with the struts! and that I needed a new power steering motor, which costs me $423. 00. They replaced the motor on Sunday. Monday morning, I went to drive to work and my wheel would not turn at all! I had the vehicle towed back to precision. So now they're telling me that its the steering column that needs to be repaired. And that would cost over $1000. I do not have that kind money and I'm still waiting on gm to fix the ignition switch from the recall. I'm taking the car to a dealership and hopefully they can fix the ignition and the steering free! inorder for precison to refund my money back, they took out the new motor and put the old one back in.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 13
Failure Date: 10/17/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that there was an intermittent electrical short pertaining to the steering column and the instrument panel cluster. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired from NHTSA campaign id number: 10v073000 (steering) but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer who diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact indicated that the speedometer gage failed to work, the power steering sensor illuminated and at various points in time the transmission downshifted intermittently. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000. Dyd.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 14
Failure Date: 10/17/2014

Gm dealer recalled car to fix electric power steering assist. Took car in and had part replaced but when car was driven home it had a grinding noise and was difficult to steer, which was not a problem before recall. Returned to dealer who replaced said motor again, with same results. Returned vehicle to dealer again on 12/30/2014 to do diagnostic on problem with steering, realer said there is no danger to drive vehicle but needs steering column which dealer refuses to replace unless I absorb the cost there was no problems with steering before dealer exchanged the electric power steering assist.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 15
Failure Date: 09/05/2014

The first time this particular problem began, because there have been OH so many others, I turned on the car and a power steering messaged appeared. There was no check engine light or anything else, just the "power steering" message. This happened intermittently for about 2 months. Then one evening while accelerating from a stop light, the car started to hop, the "power steering" message came on with a dinging alarm, the car slowed down to about 5 mph, and the power steering was gone, along with the breaks. It was extremely difficult to turn or stop the car. We were able to get it off the road, where we turned the engine off and on a few times. Each time with no success in fixing the issue. Finally after letting it rest for about 15 min, we were able to turn it on and it returned to normal. Since then, intermittently the "power steering" message comes on and dings, the car hops, and the power steering goes out. I took it to the dealer and they said the steering column needs to be replaced at a cost of $800. I can't understand this, since my steering column has rarely been move, maybe a total of 30 since I bought the car in 2006. I am the original owner and very few people, outside of myself, have driven this car, lending to minimal adjusting of the steering column.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 16
Failure Date: 08/04/2014

I took the car into the dealership because of a noise on driver side near tire during low speed while going over a bumb. Dealer stated the steering column was bad. Replaced the part at a total cost of $874. 62. There are several compliants about the steering column lower bearing that is failing on the NHTSA web site, with some indicating they had to replace this part multiple times. I feel the part is defective and should be recalled because it can cause the steering to seize and the operator will not be able to control the vehicle. I contacted the manufacturer and they took my compliant over the phone, but they most likely will not reimburse me for the repairs unless they determine the part is defective. I want this to further investigated because I fear the new part can fail at any time causing a crash and a potential fatality.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 17
Failure Date: 07/12/2014

My dealer drove the vehicle and I was told that the steering column needed to be replaced to solve the problem. There are metal bearings encased in plastic in this column. Over time the metal will rub against the plastic and cause play in the bearing. The play will cause chatter when going over bumps and other safety issues. By doing research on this matter I found that there were lawsuits placed against the maker or the steering column due to the fact that general motors had to replace so many of these columns under warranty because of this defect. I contacted gm about this matter and was given a case number and was told that they had no way of telling me if the problem had been fixed or the steering column had been modified to fix the problem. I was told the same by my dealer. General motors told me over the phone that one option I had to solve the problem was to file this complaint with you. There is a bulletin that was issued on this problem and I was told today by my dealer that the bulletin had been cancelled by general motors. Why it was cancelled is a mystery. My dealer advised against me changing the column since it is a good possibility that the problem will arise again with the new column.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 18
Failure Date: 07/11/2014

After having ignition switch replaced by recall, 2 weeks later we lost the use of power steering assist, the serivce airbag light is on, steer wheel hard to turn, feels like manual steering,we took vehicle in for power assist motor replacement under recall warranty, but did not fix problem?, dealership says that steer column needs replaced but, we have to pay $924. 00 to replace. Out of pocket. Pickup from dealership and took to local service center for another opinion.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 19
Failure Date: 07/09/2014

I was driving on the highway returning to work from my lunch. I hear the three warning chimes and look at the dash. The warning reads "power steering". I slow down to make my turn in a quarter mile and realized that I no longer had the power steering. I knew I was on the recall list for the ignition and was still waiting for the part at my local dealer. I found online the bulletin 14115. Dated March 31, 2014, that referred to replacing the power steering motor in cars including my 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. When I restarted my car, the steering worked for a few blocks then went out again. My father took my car to the local dealer because I had to work. I had printed out the bulletin for him to take. The dealer had not heard of it. He called detroit and spoke to a man named al at gm headquarters. He did not have that bulletin either. The dealer went ahead and fixed the ignition recall part, but could not get the power steering issue to happen. I drove it less than one day and it happened again. I drove immediately back to the dealer. They told me I needed to replace the motor and possibly the steering column. Out of pocket, I paid for the motor replacement. I was told if they ever receive the bulletin, they would reimburse me. I checked online for the recall on my VIN and it is not on there. So is it a current recall or not? and why is gm not notifying people about this issue.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt 20
Failure Date: 06/27/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and the steering wheel seized with the illumination of the power steering warning. Additionally, the contact stated that the vehicle would fail to shift gears and the chrome covering on the door handle had deteriorated. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer, who diagnosed that the steering wheel column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The contact stated that the vehicle wasalso included in NHTSA campaign id numbers: 14e021000 (electrical system) 14v171000 (electrical system) and 14v047000 (air bags , electrical system). The contact stated that the dealer informed him that the parts were not available for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 21
Failure Date: 06/19/2014

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 10v073000 (electric power steering). The contact stated that the proper recall repairs were not completed on the vehicle. The contact stated that on the dealers invoice indicated that the power steering motor was replaced and not the electric power steering motor. The dealer stated that the column kit needed to be replaced in order for the power steering motor to operate correctly. The contact did not experience a failure.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 22
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to steering wheel column recall. The consumer stated in 2010 he steering motor was recalled, and corrected. Recently, the consumer had to replace the steering wheel column, which was part of the key ignition that has been in the media. The consumer spent $1200 for repairs and notified Chevrolet about the situation and reimbursement.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 23
Failure Date: 02/13/2014

Tl - the contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the power steering warning lamp illuminated and the steering wheel became very hard to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 107,000. Pm.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 24
Failure Date: 02/06/2014

Tried to back out of my parking spot at home to go to work. Could not turn wheels at all. Had car towed to chapman Chevrolet because my bother, who is a mechanic, advised me that there was a recall for this model and year. After chapman received the car they blamed problem on steering column and wound up charging me $960. 73 to replace it. My brother advised me that power steering unit is part of power steering operation. Information system on dash board said power system failure. Fortunately this did not happen while driving to work as I could not have handled the car and would have has a serious accidebt.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 25
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

I purchased a 2006 Cobalt from a private owner this week. I test drove it 3 times with no problems. After bringing it home, I attempted to turn off the car and remove the key. It would not turn off all the way and the key would not come out. I was very upset and scared. The car would restart so I was able to put it in the driveway and park it next to the garage. Since I could not remove the key I put a car club on it and locked the door. Then I parked another car behind it. I did not think about it but since the key was in the accessory position the battery went dead. The next day I was not able to remove the key and I was not able to start it. I called a local Chevrolet dealer. He checked the VIN for recalls and said there was not one on the 2006 Cobalt related to the starting solenoid binding up. He did tell me it is common and most cars that have the problem have a recall issued. This problem has caused me major distress and could be very unsafe if the car had experienced this problem somewhere away from home. I found out how to fix it by reading articles on the internet. Many people have reported this problem and Chevrolet has not listened to the consumers by issuing a recall and repairing the problem. There is a button in the steering column that needs to be pressed by a rod to tell the car that the car is in park and it is ok to turn it off and remove the key. The cars with problems have a rod that does not depress the button. People have to remove a cover on the steering column and reattach the rod when they can not remove their key. However, over time the rod slips to far that this is no longer a solution and the parts need to be replaced. Why should the consumer have to suffer this stress and worry about getting their car stolen because their key is stuck in it? Chevrolet needs to immediately take care of this ongoing, long standing issue.