Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 130 problems related to steering rack and pinion (under the steering category).
While backing out of my drive way to the right I heard loud clunking and then finally a pop as I turned the steering to the left. Immediately following, while driving in residential area left turns became extremely difficult to make, and I noticed the steering wheel seemed to be off center. I decided to make a 3-point turn to return home, and while backing to the left there seemed to be little actual movement before I felt as if the front end of the car raised a bit followed by another lout pop. Returning the wheels right saw little movement at first before turning as normal. Left turns the rest of the way home difficult, while right turns are made with ease. Upon inspection when getting to my garage rack and pinion mount on passenger side that appears to be welded had broken. Perhaps rusted? I live in CA, so I didn't expect rusted parts to be an issue. I have researched other Malibus that have experienced incredibly similar behavior, and there is even a recall regarding the rack and pinion in my my Malibu, however mine is not included due to VIN. I find this to be absolutely appalling that gm can receive so many complaints for this issue, and request for a fix, and so boldly tell these customers that they will not service their vehicles when this is clearly a manufacturer defect.
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Rack and pinion mount bracket rusted out.
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Vehicles rack and pinion rusted off from the front cradle while driving the vehicle. I was lucky to not get into an accident. There seems to be a lot of problems like this one with the Malibu's that I have read.
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The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. Whenever the vehicle was driven, the power steering failed and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering and the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The repairs were done, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.
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I purchased new tires today and the technicians noticed there was excessive play in the steering link via the rack and pinion. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the welds (which are both factory and most likely robotic) holding the nut through the rack and pinion have failed. These welds are not a consumable or an otherwise replaceable part of the car and unacceptable for them to fail. Currently if the nut that was originally welded in place comes off I will completely lose steering on the drivers side. At even slow speeds this could be fatal to the driver and occupants. The car has been owned by one family for the life of the vehicle and immaculately maintained. For Chevrolet to design and manufacture such a critical piece in this fashion is appalling. I am trying to get in touch with Chevrolet recalls department and safety but no one will return my calls. The one person that answered at a dealership said they would absolutely fix it if as a failed weld signals a fabrication defect. I gave them my number so they could call to schedule an appointment but no one has called!.
Tl- the contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at about 5 mph, into a parking space, the vehicle became very hard to steer. The vehicle was towed back to the contacts home. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rack and pinion of the vehicle had completely rusted off and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was not available. Wh.
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The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 10 mph and turning the steering wheel, the tires failed to turn. The failure recurred once. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rack and pinion fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 168,000.
I was driving on my way home, and I made a right turn into my neighbourhood and when I began to turn left into the curve my steering wheel was turning but my car continued to go straight into a neighbours yard causing me to slam on breaks and hit a hill! I got my car checked out that next morning and found that it was my rack and pinion that has caused this. I knew my car had a recall so I decided to search recalls for my car (year make and model) I saw where there was a recall on the rack and pinion where if it went out you would not be able to turn left only right. I contacted the gm corporate office and stated as such and they said that that was a recall but not on my specific VIN # so there is nothing that could be done. Is this possible seeming as they have issued a recall on this particular part already on 97 and 98 chevy Malibu’s?.
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The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel would suddenly malfunction and became very difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the rack and pinion was faulty and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000.
Tl-the contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, he began to hear a loud clunking noise when turning to the right. The vehicle was taken in for repair, and it was diagnosed that the k frame, which the rack and pinion steering is bolted to, was fractured due to rust. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 287,000 aa.
I am an owner of an chevy Malibu 2009 with only 42,000 miles on it. I took my car in for a simple oil change and the service tech came out to me with a story that my steering gear/rack/pinion was bad and needed to be replaced. For a total of 1,028. 07. My jaw nearly dropped to the floor. I could hardly believe that a car that I have only owned less than a year would need something so costly. I did not buy service plan cause I could not afford the extra amount of money to give to chevy. It amazes me that after all this and reading from others here that nothing has been done to correct the steering issues that chevy has. It amazes me even more that they do not feel that this is a mechanical issue that is there fault to repair and in return expects the owners to pay for their screw up. If they do not recall or fix the steering issues with chevy Malibu models they will be sued or further more loose thousands of customers. I have owned several vehicles in the past and never had to have this type of this expense to repair a vehicle specially steering problems. If chevy really does a full inspection on vehicle before selling used cars I feel that this issue would have been caught. I will be taking further action on this case. This is chevy's burden not mine. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).
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The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while turning at 40 mph, the power steering failed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electrical rack pinion system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 100,163.
I lost complete control in the steering column as I was turning left at an intersection in traffic. The steering wheel freely turned 360 degrees, but the tires did not move. I had no way of controlling the vehicle as it was moving in traffic. Had I been on a highway or traveling at a higher speed, I could have been seriously injured and injured other drivers! the mechanic my vehicle was towed to stated that it was the rack and pinion component of the vehicle and there is currently a technical service bulletin for that component. Steering function is a vital component of any vehicle and I find it scary and appalling that this occurred and is not covered by a gm recall. Driving a car at any speed, not to mention highway speeds, without any steering control is extremely dangerous.
While the car was turning out of a driveway something broke inside the rack and pinion. This left the car with no steering. I think if this is a common problem with these cars there should be a recall. If this happened at highway speeds, people could get hurt or worse.
While parking I heard a noise in the front end and upon turning the wheel harder the power steering went out. I could barely turn the wheel. Later in the day put in more power steering fluid thinking that was the problem but had the same issue. I thought the power steering was going out as I was hearing a grinding type noise in the front end. The next day I could feel something under the driver floor board and louder noises when turning hard. Took it to my mechanic and was told sub-frame is rusted and needs replaced as well as the rack and pinion; this will start out as a $2000. 00 repair and could go up to $4000. 00 depending on what else they find when they work on it. This is a safety hazard and should be fixed by gm as they used shoddy materials building this vehicle. My mechanic said I shouldn't drive it as I may loose control of the vehicle. This car was kept in a garage for the first 10 years I have owned it and has only been parked outside for about 5 years. At only 89,000 miles I am disgusted at the way this vehicle was built. I have also replaced the head gasket, not once, but twice!.
Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph attempting to make a right turn, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle the was towed to an independent mechanic. The power steering pump was replaced but the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed back to the independent mechanic where the power steering pump, rack and pinion, and two pressure lines were replaced. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 189,000. Pam.
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First noticed issue when leaving dentist office and I started car , tried to back out and steering didn't work. I could turn the steering wheel, like having no power steering but worse. So I turned off car and restarted the car and then the power/ electronic steering worked. Then two days later I was driving down hwy 114 going to work early morning, and in the middle of me driving the steering went out again. I have had some old cars where the power steering went out and I had to "muscle" the steering so I did that the remainder of the way to work. Good thing I am physically strong enough to do that or I probably would have been in an accident. Got to work cut car off and started it back and the steering returned. I notice no recalls for the 2007 Malibu and dealership way more than I could afford to fix. Did have another licensed mechanic replace the rack and pinion system and electronic steering and so far so good. However this should not have been my cost for a defective system in the Malibu where a lot of other models got recalls but not the 2007. I feel I should be reimbursed my funds to fix.
I have reported to gm on three separate occasions that my power steering is faulty. It has come to my attention that the 2006 and 2008 models of this car were recently listed among the recall. I would also like to add that gm was not at all willing to disclose to me that I may report this problem to you to get this model included. Imagine that! I am wanting to inform you that factory defect exists with the 2007 model as well. I went and had tires put on my car last Saturday and asked the technician to see if anything was loose underneath, as it often felt that way while driving. He reported back, in writing, that my car's rack and pinion is not working correctly. I often encounter the power steering not working upon starting the car. I have found through reading on the internet that removing the key and restarting the car will reset the power steering. So far, this has worked. My fear is that it will eventually not reset or worse, loose power steering while driving. If my model is not being included due to lack of complaints, that is so wrong. I imagine they like me, do not know how to report it to you. It's not a lack of problem. The problem absolutely does exist with this model as well. Thank you.
The car will not turn left. It makes a metal on metal sound. My mechanic says the engine cradle is completely rusted out, and the rack and pinion steering needs replacing. He said the rust is caused by the hose from the air conditioning dripping on the engine. He said that he sees the engine cradles rusted out all the time on chevy Malibus. I have maintained this car and never knew about this rust until now. The car has very low miles for its age. The body of the car is perfect. I would like chevy to repair this. It would be about $2000 or so to get the car repaired with a used engine cradle and a used rack and pinion. I see that other people have told you about the same problem.
The subframe is rusted and the rack and pinion need to be replaced.
The rack and pinion mounts rusted from the frame. Shaking and issues with vehicle pulling to the left while driving before breakage.
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 70 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the technician stated that the power steering pump and the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the mechanic who diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000.
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The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact's vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14v153000 (steering), NHTSA campaign number: 14v224000 (power train), and NHTSA campaign number: 14v252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). Shortly after the repair, the vehicle stalled without warning, the power steering failed, a clunking noise was heard in the front end, and the vehicle independently veered to the left. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the recall repair could not be performed again. In addition, the dealer stated that the steering column and suspension would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. In previous years, the contact had to replace the gear box and rack and pinion nut on two separate occasions at a dealer. The contact informed the manufacturer of all the failures. The failure mileage was 50,000.
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This 2001 chevy Malibu had the rack and pinion break free from the engine cradle due to frame corrosion. The car is now undrivable and needs new engine cradle (front frame). This is a safety issue and the frame should not rust on a car in a place that could kill somebody. Bad design. Poor quality. Never buy a gm . . . . Ever.
Bought this car as a project car with low mileage. Got bought at a used car dealership. Piston slap!!! especially cold. Front sub frame rotted out and rack and pinion destroyed needed immediate replacement. Later was told rocker panels are destroyed with huge holes I was clearly upset another Malibu with another problem. Common problem with Malibu's from '98-'02. Was unable to safety because of panels missing a layer in spots (holes). Rear quarter panels severe rotting around wheel wells and gas cap area requiring bondo to fill in holes a horrible problem with Malibu's. Air conditioning clutch grinding constantly and half the time a/c bottom works. Sadly gm will not recall these issues now have to invest $7000 to make into a show car. Gm should be ashamed of body problems and constant piston slaps and lifter knocking. I have to do an overhaul of $600-800 on engine. . Read more...
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|Power Steering Failed problems||
|Steering Column problems||
|Power Steering Light On problems||
|Lose Power Steering problems||
|Steering Rack And Pinion problems||
|Steering Wheel Vibrate problems||
|Steering Noise problems||
|Electric Power Assist Steering System problems||
|Steering Failed problems||