Chevrolet Cobalt owners have reported 16 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 Cobalt based on all problems reported for the Cobalt.
My rack and pinion which is part of the power steering has separated and I am having trouble steering. I had my car diagnosed recently and they mechanics at midas gave me an estimate saying I need to have my rack and pinion replaced. My rack and pinion is clanging together where it separated when I drive. The mechanics told me my steering could go out at any time.
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The contact own a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated the vehicle experienced numerous failures. The rack and pinion had to be replaced, the window motors were replaced six times, and the ignition was replaced. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the failures were repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 27,000.
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The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving out of a parking lot, the power steering malfunctioned and was no longer controlling the wheels. After inspecting the vehicle she noticed that the wheels were side ways. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the rack and pinion exploded and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 181,000 and the current mileage was 183,000.
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Tl- the contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds and turning the vehicle will make a clicking sound. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer stated the rack and pinion would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 30,000. Az.
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The steering mechanism on the vehicle has become faulty, fortunately this occured on leaving my house and I was not traveling at speed. . As one drives the steering begins to pull heavily to the right and one has to forcibly hold the steering wheel to keep the vehicle from leaving the road. I took the vehicle to a local mechanic. The initial thought was that this related to the rack and pinion. This was replaced but didnt solve the problem. The mechanic made some inquiries and found that the vehicle had been subjected to a recall for faulty steering. After further examination, he found that the issue related to a sensor in the steering column which had become faulty. Since a recall had been carried out in August 2012, he suggested I refer the matter back to the vendor who performed the recall. The vendor jimmy gray of southaven have told me that the recall was only for a steering motor replacement and that the sensor replacement was not covered. Apparently one needs to replace the entire steering column when the sensor fails. I contacted gm and they are supporting jimmy gray and refusing to replace the sensor as part of the recall. The issue related to the motor asembly may have been wrong in the first place, it could have been the senor all along causing the problem. It would be greatly appreciated if you could look into this matter and advise. This vehicle belongs to my son, I cannot let him drive it the way it is at present.
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while reversing out a residential garage, the steering wheel fractured. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnosed that both the rack and pinion, the coil and the steering wheel were fractured and would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 48,000.
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In 2012, my 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt was recalled for a power steering. I took my vehicle to a dealership in nebraska where they performed the work but stated that they did not know how to fix permanently. About a week later, my power steering went out again. I returned to the same dealership and ended up paying to have the repairs done again only to have the power steering go out again within a week or so. I tried talking to the dealership so I could get this issue fixed but they just said they didn't have a way to fix the problem and there was nothing I could do except pay to replace the entire steering column / rack and pinion. When the ignition recall came out, I took the vehicle to hendrick's Chevrolet in cary, nc. They provided a rental car and I waited for 3 months to have that repaired. I assumed they were going to go ahead and fix the power steering since it was involved in another recall and the recall was not ever handled correctly. However, gm stated that the recall had fixed the issue and that they could not do anything for me. I let them know that the car was unsafe and that between the current power steering recall and the one from 2012, there has to be a connection that this car's steering was defective and was not ever properly fixed. Gm asked that I come pick my car up and is refusing to do any further repairs because they feel the car is too old and that I waited too long (I wasn't waiting on anything - I had been expecting gm to honor the recall at some point in time. I believe that gm has taken advantage of me because I am a young woman and do not know much about the automotive industry.
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The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle became hard to steer and there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle. The contact experienced the issue whenever the vehicle was driven. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who inspected vehicle and determined that the failure was caused by a defective rack and pinion. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure however, no further assistance was provided. The failure mileage was 56,000. The current mileage was 59,000.
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving 10 mph when the vehicle exhibited an unusual metal to metal noise from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to two independent mechanics where they both were unable to duplicate or locate a failure. The dealer was informed of the failure and advised the contact that the failure was potentially caused by the rack and pinion needing replacement. The vehicle was repaired at the owners expense. The failure mileage was 52,432 and the current mileage was 52,797.
2006 chevy Cobalt . The car started to rattle when driving couple days latter the steering wheel started to wobble from side to side. I took it to a automotive repair garage and had the look at the problem and was told by the garage that the rack & pinion steering assembly needed to be replaced. There was a lot of play in the steering assembly. The garage had me speak to the local chevy dealer. The service department informed me that there has been major problems with the Cobalts steering and there is 1. 3 million chevy & pontiac cars that have a steering issues but there is nothing they could do for me but buy a new assembly at $367. 00 plus labor to correct the problem. Gm might recall the problem. The steering has locked up on me today after the gm dealer said it was ok to drive. Thank god I was no going at a low speed. I hope that nobody gets killed. I have parked the car until I can have a new assembly installed by the repair garage. The assembly is a special order from a gm dealer. This also takes a toll on the tires and front end.
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. Consumer writes in regards to steering column problems. The consumer stated part of the steering column was replaced 4 times, since the vehicle was purchased new in 2009. The problem was originally noticed as a rattle in the dashboard area in December 2009. The steering column was replaced. A similar noise returned in October 2010, where the steering rack and pinion input bearing was replaced, and on March 30, 2011, the steering column was replaced again. In February 2014, the rattle returned for the 4th time and the steering column was replaced. On November 2, 2011 the consumer attempted to turn off the vehicle, but was unable to do so. The dealer replaced the ignition switch. The old switch had completely apart inside the steering column.
Bought a used 2005 chevy Cobalt for my son when he graduated from high school. It had less than 30,000 miles on it but no warranty because of the year. A couple of weeks later he started having problems with the power steering. In researching the problem I have found that it is a major issue with the 2005 and 2006 Cobalt. The dealership is well aware of the problem but their hands are tied because no recall has been issued. When you spend the money to replace the rack and pinion and the power steering motor it is a new design so chevy is obviously aware of the problem because they redesigned the faulty part. I will pay the $2,000 to get my son's car repaired because his safety is a priority. What I don't understand is with the number of complaints how has chevy gotten away with not issuing a recall. The power steering comes and goes randomly and if you are pulling on a steering wheel with no power and suddenly the power steering comes back you are likely to lose control and hit something or someone. My guess is that someone will have to be killed before it becomes an issue and I don't understand why it has to get to that point before they are forced to do something.
My 2007 Cobalt drove fine,until it reached 55000 miles. One day it felt and sounded like the front end was going to fall out. If I would go slow over a hump,you could hear a knocking noise at the bottom of the steering column. I took it to 6 different mechanics, who checked everything, struts,springs, rack & pinion,etc. Finally,one mechanic,turned the steering wheel left to right about a 1/2 an inch and you could hear a knocking. He said, take it to the dealer, it is the steering. I made at least 10 trips to get it worked on. I was on the phone daily with gm. I explained when I am driving down the road,the car is all over the road,they think I am drunk, it does what it wants to. The steering wheel turns way farther than a normal steering wheel,alot of play. I can park and the wheel will be upside down,but my tires will be straight. Or driving straight and wheel is turned to one side. I was soo upset, mad, because this is a 2007 vehichle. I knew nothing of a recall. They replaced my 2 front lower control arms and my lower steering column. I had to pay $900. 00 for all of the work. It fixed my problem about 60%. The dealer was so nice and understanding, that he reimburse me. Which I am soo thankful. So I haven't even bothered to get back intouch with them. I am to the point that I do not care. If I wreck, I wreck. I am tired of all the hassling, time, money, aggravation and days on the telephone. I still hear a knocking going over a small hump. I drive slow, stop at railroad crossings,because I try to take care of my car. I have always bought Chevrolet and have never had this kind of trouble. I really do hope they figure this out and they probable do to. They are not allowed to sale any Cobalts off the dealer lots at this time,until it is resolved. I am sure it is not all Cobalts with these problems. I believe atleast 50% of the people have heard or read of these steering problems and are saying that theres does the same thing. I just know that I would hate to be in gm's shoes right now. Thank you.
There were no events leading to the failure of the power steering system. I was driving the car under my everyday commute and the power steering system went out and the message center flashed power steering. Since the initial failure there has been no power steering in my vehicle. The system appears to function properly until driving begins and then the steering system shuts down and leaves me with just a rack and pinion system to operate with.
I bought a new 08 Cobalt in sept 08. I have had to have two steering columns put in, a power steering pump, stabilizer bars, front end bushings and bearings, and now a rack pinion (along with multiple other unrelated repairs). I took the car back to the dealer (ron marhoffer stow OH) after each repair and was told that there was nothing wrong with the steering or suspension of the car. The car would pull out of my lane to the left and was very difficult to control. I actually lost control of the car and went into a ditch on one occasion. I do not believe that the dealer knows how to fix the problem and therefor just keeps throwing parts in it. However the problem still exists. It is very dangerous. The dealer also replaced multiple fornt end parts including stabilzer bars, bearing and bushings on oth fron wheels tryng to correct the steering problem. I also have had to replace the tires on the car twice on the front end due to abnormal wear and tear from the car constantly pulling while driving.
: the contact stated while making right hand turns there is a binding and vibration felt in the steering wheel. The problem is getting progressively worse. The dealership determined there was an engineering design flaw possibly with the rack and pinion. The dealership also informed the contact there was currently not a fix for this, but the manufacturer was working on finding a remedy for this problem.
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