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Lose Power Steering Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 145 problems related to lose power steering (under the steering category).

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 03/10/2015

Car lost power steering and power steering light flashed. Had to manually turn and it was very difficult to maneuver. Steering wheel had also started to shake or vibrate even when sitting in park. The steering wheel would also move to the left and right, turning a little bit on its own while parked and running. I took the vehicle to the dealership and they replaced the power steering module, under special policy 101830p. This same thing was done in sept 2012. When I got my vehicle back from the dealership, it still was losing power steering and the light would come on. I took it back to the dealership and this time they stated that it was the steering torque sensor that had internal failure. This would be almost $600 to fix and there was also a diagnostic fee of $96. I contacted gm, because there were 1. 3 mil vehicles recalled for same issue. I was told that even though it includes the 2008 Malibu (which is what I have),my VIN number was not included. They contacted the dealership whom offered to give a 20% discount to do the repair. Gm themselves would not offer any assistance with the repair or diagnostic fee, due to the fact that my VIN number was not included. At this time, I am afraid to drive my vehicle because I am barely able to maneuver the steering to direct my vehicle to the side of the road when it loses the power steering. There is no way I would be able to at highway speeds nor quickly in an emergency.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 02/27/2015

Driving down interstate and the power steering just quit. Fought it across two lanes and managed to pull off to side of road I had no power assist at all. Turned the engine off waited a few minutes and started back up power steering was fine. Drove few miles down interstate lost the power steering again. I could get off road turn off car and start back up and power steering would work for while managed to get home and havent driven since. I looked up and found there is a recall on certain 2009 Malibu your campaign number 14v153000 and my car is doing exactly what that recall describes but local chevy dealer said they couldn't repair under that campaing because my ven number (1g1zh57b59f161337doesn't show up with a recall for power steering. Driving down the interstate at 70 mph and having you power steering go out is a major safety concern and like I said its exactly what your campaign describes. Please help.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 02/17/2015

On several occasions, while driving or upon starting my vehicle, I lost power steering capabilities. On one of these occasions, I was traveling during a ice storm, thankfully I was going straight and did not need to make any turns and the traffic was light, I was able to safely home. This problem makes steering nearly impossible when it goes out. My vehicle is currently in the shop with the diagnosis of power steering motor (module) failure. In researching, I find that several recalls have been issued for this type of problem with other Malibu(s) (up to the 2009 model), but not my 2010. The cost to fix this is approximately $750. 00, I am hopeful that my warranty covers this as there is no recall to do so. I believe that gm should be responsible for this as this seems to be a problem throughout the Malibu line regardless of year.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 02/14/2015

Driving down the road chimes came on. Power steering message came across message display. This happened a few times. Then Monday 2/16/15 same thing happened but this time "I lost all power steering"and I could barely turn the wheel to make a left turn. All power steering lost.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 02/11/2015

While driving on the highway lost all power steering after fighting to get car off the road finally was able to stop vehicle turned off ignition had to park vehicle will not drive it until this problem is fixed contacted gm and was told this VIN was not covered under power steering recalls even though my vehicle is doing the same thing as the ones that are covered.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 01/07/2015

Driving vehicle around a curve when esc light came on and lost power steering. Parked car over night and waited for dealership to open. After research, realized the vehicle has a recall number of 14v252 which may root of the problem. When I turned on the vehicle to take to the dealer, the light was off and power steering returned. While driving to the dealer, light came on and lost power steering again.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 01/02/2015

I was driving at around 45mph and suddenly lost power steering assistance, making it difficult to steer, and increasing the risk of a crash. The problem persists. There have already been multiple recalls for this issue but my car is not included in these recalls.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 8
Failure Date: 12/27/2014

I lost power steering and got a message in the driver information center telling me that there was a problem with the power steering. I was driving on route 1 in new jersey and going about 45-50 mph. I pulled off the road and restarted the car, hoping it was just an electronic glitch. That solved the immediate problem. However, I learned reading the nytimes that this is a common problem with the maxx and in fact there had been a safety recall on the car. I called a local chevy dealer to have it fixed and found there are three outstanding safety recalls on my car. In addition to the power steering problem, there are also problems with the transmission shift cable and the brake lamp. All these recalls were made in April and may of last year after all the bad publicity about covering up defects that resulted in deaths. I have an appointment to take care of all three problems, but this is my larger concern: I don¿t know why, but I received only one recall notice (not three) and that one notice (which was about the transmission cable) said that the parts weren¿t available and they would notify me when they were available. I was never notified, but apparently the parts are available and have been for some time. My question for you: what is NHTSA doing to make sure that individual consumers receive accurate information about safety recalls? I was lucky. I was driving on a straight road in an urban area -- and not taking a curve on a mountainside -- when my power steering suddenly stopped working. Why wasn't I told about this problem earlier? why did I have to wait till reading about it in the nytimes? and why didn't I receive a followup letter when the part became available for the transmission cable? thank you.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 11/24/2014

While backing from driveway I lost power steering and the vehicles dic was showing power steering. I was unable to move steering wheel even using both hands . I pushed the onstar button for a diagnostic test but they were unable to determine why I lost power steering. After turning off vehicle the power steering reset and I was able to then drive the vehicle. Problem has become intermittent. Have also lost control of power steering while accelerating onto interstate I-24 from on ramp, steering wheel would not turn left then there was a clicking sound for about 10 -15 seconds then I was able to steer vehicle. Incident was reported to gm and was told that my VIN number did not come back as a recall. Was further advised by gm to file a report with the highway safety board.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 10
Failure Date: 11/14/2014

I had just left the expressway and was waiting to enter traffic. When it cleared I started up and lost power steering. This also happened two days before on 11-12-2014. The first incident was this last February. I called chrevrolet and they said that my VIN. Number did not show up on the recall for loss of electronic power steering but yet I see that 2008 to 2009 Malibus are under this recall. This information is clearly on your web site. I am aware that my vehicle could very well have had a faulty power steering unit installed. I feel that this is a hazard. The problem is the same as listed for the recall.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 11/04/2014

So far, I have lost power steering 3 times while driving. This is the exact issue for which the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu has already been recalled. However, my 2009 was manufactured in a month not covered by the current recall. This is an extremely dangerous defect as it can result in an accident or loss of life.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 09/27/2014

As I was driving my 2011 chevy Malibu home to tulsa ok from arkansas my car dropped speed, I lost my power steering, the reduced engine power light came on, service traction esc light came on too. When this happened I was on the highway driving 65 mph and then the car lost speed down to 15 mph. I was almost hit on the highway. I made it off the highway and stopped at a store but could not figure out what was wrong. I made it home barely and the next morning my car started and I've had no problems until Monday Dec. 22nd when I was leaving work to go home the same thing happened. I stopped and turned my car off for a little while then when I restarted it it was fine. Had no more problems until christmas eve when my fiancã©e and I were headed to texas to be with relatives. We had to pull over about 5 times due to the car having the same issues. My fiancã©e looked under the hood to see if he could figure out what might be wrong and all he found was that our battery cables were loose on one side. We finally decided to stop and buy a new battery cable. We made it to texas and had no problems until we were headed back home from texas. We made it about halfway home when we had the same problem. We had to pull off the road about 15 times total. Each time we just turned the car off for a moment. We would get back in the car and make it about 10miles down the road when the same issue started again. My fiancã©e finally thought maybe our battery was going bad. We stopped and bought a new battery for $120 and replaced it. At first we thought this fixed the problem but only made it about a mile when the problem happened again. We would pull off the road and turn the car eoff and it would run good for a mile or two and we would have to pull off the road again. We didn't think we were going to make it home but we finally did.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 08/09/2014

My wife was slowing down to enter a rest stop in her 2005 chevy Malibu maxx when there was a ding and power steering was displayed on the driver information center. At the same time, she noticed she had lost power steering. She was able to stop the vehicle safely and turned it off. A few minutes later, she restarted the car. There was no longer the power steering display and the power steering had returned. A recall notice was issued on April 21 for electric power steering assist for this generation of Malibu (gm recall no. N140116; NHTSA recall no. 14v153) but we still haven't gotten a letter. When I called the Chevrolet customer assistance center, I was told parts are still not available. Apparently there are three other gm electric power steering recalls, with parts available for those three others but not our car. So far the problem hasn't returned, but once it happens the first time doubt gets planted. Especially because this is at least the second time there has been such a recall. We got a recall notice in late 2007 for the power steering system as well, and I'm pretty sure there was another one before this year's recall.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 08/02/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, there was a sudden lost of power steering. The contact was able to maneuver the vehicle to the side of road and regained the power steering. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer nor an independent mechanic and there was no diagnostic test performed. The contact received safety recall notification NHTSA campaign number 14v153000(steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufactured was notified about the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000. Lb.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 07/11/2014

Driving and car had severe electrical problem that caused the car to randomly stall while driving. We lost power steering and power brakes. The instrument panel starting going crazy displaying all lights, saying device esc and the doors locked and unlocked. The engine stalled and transmission started jolting around. The car would not turn back on after turning it off. Took the car to starling Chevrolet to get it fixed the following Monday since closed Sunday. Before taking to the dealer took the car to auto zone to check the battery. Autozone stating battery was great. Chevrolet didn't look at the car at all Monday, and Tuesday stated we need new battery. I advised of auto zone reading and was told autzone was wrong. Picked up the car Tuesday after having a brand new battery put in for $270. Today is the following Friday and the car did everything again while driving and will not start. Now I have to tow the car to chevy again.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 16
Failure Date: 06/12/2014

While checking out my daughters 2005 Malibu classic for complaints about intermittent airbag light I happened to slightly tug on her keychain while driving about 50 mph on the highway. The engine shut off. I lost power steering. I lost power brakes. I could not restart the car while it was moving. Luckily I was able to pull it over to the side of the road. It would not restart until I put the shift lever into park. I investigated this on the internet and found other gm vehicles being recalled but not this one. I called gm's recall line. They said to contact my dealer. I asked the dealer to make some keys with a center hole rather than a slot (at my expense) to prevent the ignition switch from rotating to engine off when a keychain is attached. They said they could not do it without gm authorization. I am concerned about my family members using this vehicle. Luckily no one was hurt.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

I bought this 2006 Malibu LS in December and started experiencing the power steering arbitrarily going out as we were driving down the road. It has occurred 5 times now. There is a recall for this model make and year car for this exact problem but the VIN is not in the database so the dealer will not work on it. I called the Chevrolet 1800 number and they confirmed it was a recall and it was based on part numbers and the dealer could look and see if the parts were covered but the dealer want touch it until the VIN is listed. The last incident was on the interstate and my daughter lost power steering and while trying to get the car to the side of the interstate was barely missed by an 18 wheeler which caused another car to get run off into the median when he swerved to miss my daughter.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 04/23/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, there was a lost of power steering and the steering wheel seized which caused a crashed. The vehicle went into ditch. The air bags deployed. The contact sustained an injury to the forehead. The contact was unable to recall if a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified about the failure. The contact did not receive a recall notification prior to the crash. However, the contact received a recall notice NHTSA campaign 14v400(electrical system). The approximate failure was 87,000. Lb.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 04/08/2014

On several occasions my car has lost power steering nearly causing a wreck. This is a danger and needs to be fixed but I was told I would be mailed notice on April 28 . I am very concerned for the safety of my child as well as other people on the roadways. My car also randomly loses battery power. . I assume this is electrical.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

Vehicle suddenly lost power steering, and "power steering" came up on the message center. I have read multiple on-line postings describing the same event that happened to me/this vehicle. It is a 4 cylinder with electric assist power steering. How is it that the 2007 model year escaped a recall from 2004-2006 and 2008-2009?.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 03/14/2014

Again, I file a complaint. I lost my power steering, a message was displayed to inform me of the loss. Steering was very difficult to maintain at manual steering. . At this time no recalls were made. On 3/31 a recall was made for Chevrolet Malibu models from 2004 and 2005, and some from 2006, 208 and 2009. Mine is a 2007 and is having the same problems. My auto has been unsafe to drive because of this steering problem. Why isn;t my automobile on the recall list. You corrected the problem for 1 year and then went back to a cheaper way ??????? what was done different to the 2007 models, that they didn;t appear in the recall. I have asked for the phone number odf jeff boyer, gm's newly appointed vice president of global vehicle safety, no one will give me his number.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 22
Failure Date: 03/12/2014

At first I lost power steering when traveling high speeds on the highway. Now the power steering fails with just short trips around town. This is a huge safety concern, especially for my wife. She does not have the strength to turn the wheel at slow speeds. I do not want to pay accident surcharges on top of the repair bill for this issue. This power steering issue is documented all over the web and affects many models that have the electronic power steering box. There is a problem with the electric power steering box related to the electronic stability control (esc) and the steering wheel position sensor. The steering wheel position sensor cannot be replaced at this time (or maybe never). The entire steering column must be replaced. This is at a very costly expense when a cheaper repair is an option. I researched a car owner who had to replace the steering column three times due to failure of the position sensor and there is no recourse for us consumers. Every 20,000 miles after warrantees were expired. I am 50 years old and have only owned american made cars, just about all gm products. If this issue does not get resolved in a professional way I will be going to the Ford product. I hope I will not be forced to the foreign cars for the reason I will not return to gm if they do not stand behind their products. I am optimistic at this point I can remain a happy gm consumer. I research I have found the Mini cooper had the same issue of power steering failure. They stood behind their product and offered a 13 year or 200,000 mile warranty on the power steering module. . Read more...

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 23
Failure Date: 03/11/2014

I lost power steering when I was driving on a semi curve while raining lightly. The car kept going to the left and I could not steer. I pressed brakes and car spun. I almost hit a sign on the opposite direction. Thank god nothing happened to me nor my son. There were no other cars involved either. There was a truck coming on the opposite direction but he stopped. Otherwise, we would have collided. I got on the ditch. I was able to get back on road and drive to nearest gm/Chevrolet dealership. They kept the car for 2 days and found out that the power steering motor control module had to be replaced for $703 including labor. There was a recall in canada for the same part (transport canada recall # 2012331: manufacturer recall number 12221) but as of now I have not found the recall in USA. Why??.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 24
Failure Date: 03/04/2014

At first the warning light would come on then the car began to lose the power steering, then it finally went out completely. I had the car repaired, then my daughter and son in law found out the car had been recalled. I would just like to be reimbursed for the cost of the repair. I have called tom bannan Chevrolet in madison tennessee. Who does not return my call. Thank you.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 25
Failure Date: 03/03/2014

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle lost power steering and the tcs light illuminated. The contact also mentioned that the failure was experienced multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the torque sensor assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 14v153000 (steering) but was informed that the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.