Steering Rack And Pinion Problems of Chevrolet Cobalt
Chevrolet Cobalt owners have reported 10 problems related to steering rack and pinion (under the steering category).
#1 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
The car was a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. 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. It was Thu., Feb. 21, 2013 when this steering rack and pinion issue occurred.
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#2 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt
The VIN of this vehicle was 1G1AM58BX8_. The vehicle involved is 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. It was Oct. 1, 2011 when this steering rack and pinion issue occurred.
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#3 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 1G1AF5F59A_. Consumer has 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. This steering rack and pinion problem happened on March 4, 2012.
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#4 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt
The car is a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. 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. It was February 1, 2009 when this steering rack and pinion issue occurred.
#5 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
The car involved is a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. 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. It was Aug. 16, 2009 when this steering rack and pinion issue occurred.
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#6 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
The vehicle was a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. 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. This steering rack and pinion problem happened on March 2, 2010.
#7 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
The vehicle involved is 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. This steering rack and pinion problem happened on 08/15/2010.
#8 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The VIN of this vehicle was 1G1AL52F25_. : 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. This problem occurred on Jun. 8, 2006.
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#9 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. 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. This problem occurred on November 2, 2009.
#10 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt
The car was a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. 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. The failure date was Monday, February 2, 2009.
Other Steering related problems of Chevrolet Cobalt:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Power Steering Failed problems||402|
|Power Steering Light On problems||322|
|Steering Column problems||176|
|Lose Power Steering problems||114|
|Electric Power Assist Steering System problems||100|
|Steering Failed problems||43|
|Power Steering Pump problems||20|
|Steering Is Tight problems||19|
|Steering Noise problems||19|
|Hydraulic Power Assist Steering System problems||16|
|Steering Rack And Pinion problems||10|
|Steering Wheel Vibrate problems||7|
|Steering Is Loose problems||4|
|Steering Tie Rod Assembly problems||2|
|Steering Wheel problems||1|