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Lose Power Steering Problems of Saturn ION - part 1



Saturn ION owners have reported 77 problems related to lose power steering (under the steering category).

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 1
Failure Date: 08/11/2014

I have a 2004 Ion while driving my car I lost power steering. Thankfully I was able to pull over and restart and only a few miles from home. I always have my daughter with me and suppose I am not as fortunate next time. Something needs to be done to compensate for this and lessen the deaths gm has caused by allowing problems they knew of to remain unfixed. My Ion has a recall for power steering loss which says ot can happen at any time or speed. This is very scatter. So here I am with a car I am afraid to put myself. In let alone my child. I had an ignition switch recall which was fixed. I am requesting a loaner car until the part is ready to fix mine.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 2
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

Lost power steering after power steering warning light came on. This was 3rd incident in 10 days. Turned off car, restarted and power steering returned. This has happened without warning 3 times. Loss of power steering makes turning difficult. Very scary.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 3
Failure Date: 05/08/2014

This has happened intermittently before, but this time I lost the power steering rounding a bend. Took it to my mechanic and I needed the entire thing replaced for 800. 00, quoted 1200. 00 at a dealer. I called gm and despite the gm website stating recall of "Saturn Ion all model years 2004-2007" for loss of power steering posted on 3/31/14, I was told mine wasn't included because I have a 2004 Saturn Ion 2. What does that mean? doesn't "all model years" pertain to the Ion 1, 2, and 3?????.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2005 Saturn ION 4
Failure Date: 04/21/2014

I was turning a corner and lost all power steering. Almost went off the curb.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2003 Saturn ION 5
Failure Date: 04/20/2014

Why is gm not required to include the 2003 Saturn Ion's in the recall for the power steering problem? I was advise by the gm customer service department that only the models 2004 and above are being recalled yet, I had a dealership confirm that my car has the same defective part as the 2004 models. I have lost power steering while driving on the highway multiple times at speeds over 55 mphs. This happened to my 3 times alone just yesterday. It seems like the problem is getting worse yet gm refuses to correct this problem.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 6
Failure Date: 01/10/2014

As I was driving on a straight-away, all of the sudden I heard 3 dings in my car - so I checked the dashboard (I was expecting to see fuel or maybe oil life), it read pwr str. Then I noticed that it was extremely difficult to steer my car. . . I had lost my power steering completely. The amount of strength it took just to turn the wheel was immense. This took more effort than driving an older car that does not have power steering. Luckily, I was just arriving at my destination. Also luckily, the issue goes away once I turn the car off and re-start it. This has happened 3 times since the first time - once while on a highway, once while parking my car, and another while driving through town.


car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 7
Failure Date: 12/02/2013

I lost power steering while driving on local roads (this happened 4 times between mid-November and early December) I was barely able to control the car to get it off the road, shut it down and restart it - at which time the power steering was working. It would then go out again as noted and the power steering message came on. At first I thought there was some water damage as the first time it happened was right after a car wash so I figured it would dry out and be all right. It seemed that way until it recurred again. I then brought it in to wallace Chevrolet in stuart FL for repair. I was quite surprised to learn that this repair was at no charge. My car is 7 years old but the power steering motor control module was replaced at n/c part 19257875. It appears the company knew of the problem and had a program for it but did not notify owners. Frankly I could have been killed or killed someone else if this had happened when I was driving on I-95. It would have been nearly impossible to steer off the highway at those speeds and no power steering. It still frightens me when I think about this. My car is also involved in the ignition switch recall.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2003 Saturn ION 8
Failure Date: 12/01/2013

I was driving along the highway when my car began to accelerate and shift gears strangely. The check engine light came on and then a warning about the power steering. It did feel a little bit harder to drive. Took it to a mechanic who said something about the transmission had come up instead of power steering. Took it to another place who said it was a computer control module. Once checked, engine light turned off and car drove normally. Happened again in March, lost power steering for a few miles before it came back. Engine light came on, stayed on for a day, and then turned off. Searched online for other instances of this happening and found other Saturn Ion owners complaining of same thing, only it applied to 2004 and later. My 2003 is having the same issue as their's.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 9
Failure Date: 06/19/2013

Had just pulled out of driveway when power steering indicator chimed and I lost power steering. Pulled over and turned vehicle off. When I turned it back on, car functioned normally and I was able to proceed to my destination. Are there any recalls for this problem as I have read many complaints on your site?.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 10
Failure Date: 05/16/2013

As I was driving the power steering light came on and I lost power steering. If the car is turned off it will return. It has become more frequent and intermittant.

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car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 11
Failure Date: 03/09/2013

While driving this 04 Saturn Ion I lost power steering while going around a curve. I almost hit the guard rail. If the car is shut off then restarted the problem goes away until it happens again. When this happens the "power steering" warning light appears on the dash. Some times this can happen several times a day and there are times when it does not happen for weeks. It can happen in any weather or temp. It kind of takes you by surprise, one second its working fine then all of a sudden the power steering is gone.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 12
Failure Date: 03/07/2013

I was driving down the street and lost my power steering capabilities. I pulled into a les schwab service center to have them see if I was out of power steering fluid. Learned that they were not able to ascertain that. When I turned my car back on, the power steering worked. I don't know why it stopped, but since my car is in the recall for the ignition, I would also like this problem looked at. How can I make sure that this issue is looked at too?.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 13
Failure Date: 11/05/2012

The power steering light has come on several times in my vehicle. It then loses power steering. If I turn the car off and back on it works again. I have called around and been told the part in my car is the same part that was recalled in the chevy cobalt.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2005 Saturn ION 14
Failure Date: 09/16/2012

Driving at 55 mph on a straight section of highway 703, the power steering warning came on and I lost the power steering. I pulled over with no power steering, turned off the vehicle then restarted the error cleared and I had power steering again. I can't trust that this won't happen again at a much more dangerous place and at a slower speed which would make the vehicle much harder to control.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 15
Failure Date: 07/17/2012

The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact managed the vehicle to the shoulder and realized that the power steering had also failed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 48,000. Updated 7/31/12 the consumer stated the vehicle suddenly lost power steering at a high speed of 65 mph. It was difficult to turn off the road, but he managed to do so. It occurred again at slower speeds, too. The consumer stated he read online that stopping the vehicle, and turning it off would re-activate the power steering for awhile. The dealer replaced the power steering motor free of charge. Updated 08/01/12.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 16
Failure Date: 07/02/2012

While driving on the highway I lost all power steering without any warning . Comes back after car is shut off but randomly goes out without warning .

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 17
Failure Date: 05/17/2012

I was driving in an alley at approximately 10 mph when I suddenly lost my power steering (I was alerted with a message). Upon restarting the car, the power steering returned. Since this initial incident, my car has lost the power steering on multiple occasions, in multiple scenarios and at multiple different speeds. It has failed on the freeway multiple times, forcing me to pull over on the shoulder and compromise my safety. I would estimate the power steering has failed no less than 20 times since may 17th (it is now August 7th). This defect is not only unacceptable, it is extremely unsafe.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2005 Saturn ION 18
Failure Date: 03/19/2012

Driving down freeway and warning light came on and lost power steering. Very very difficult to steer. Luckily husband was driving because wife could not have muscled.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 19
Failure Date: 03/09/2012

On 9 March 2012, at approximately 0900 hours while traveling on the interstate, my 2007 Saturn Ion displayed the warning message/error code "pwr str" and immediately lost power steering assist. I was forced to reduce speed and, using all my upper body strength to wrench the steering wheel to the right, pulled the car to the breakdown lane on the right side of the road. This was extremely difficult without power steering. I turned the car off, read through my owner's manual, and restarted the vehicle. It ran without issue for approximately 10 miles before the code again appeared and I again lost power steering. This situation has rapidly progressed to a nightmare; the car runs for 15 to 30 minutes and then loses power steering. Turning the car off and restarting it is no longer sufficient; once it first loses the power steering, it will not run for more than 5 minutes without losing power steering again. Gm informed me that there is no official recall, and therefore I would have to fund the repairs myself; the rough estimate was $1,000 in parts and labor. Research online shows that gm allegedly sent out a notice regarding this issue, however I can honestly attest that I never received any such notification, and had the steering not failed on my vehicle, I would never have been aware of it. Currently, I cannot use the car at all because it poses a serious danger to myself and others. As an active duty member of the armed forces, this is just absolutely unacceptable and jeopardizes my career.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 20
Failure Date: 02/21/2012

The power steering light came on when I was backing out of a parking spot. I lost all power steering. Then I check it later tonight and it magically works again. So I guess tomorrow it'll go out again. Just hope its not when I am taking a corner.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 21
Failure Date: 02/01/2012

I was backing out of my driveway in the morning before heading to work and as I shifted the car into drive and started to accelerate the pwr str alert was displayed and I found it very difficult to move the steering wheel. I then shut off the car and turned it back on and the power steering was restored. I made it fine to work and had no problems after that. However, that Friday, February 4th, I was on the highway on my way for a weekend trip to mi and once again the pwr str alert came on again. I pulled over to the shoulder as soon as I could so that I could attempt to restart my car to hopefully regain power steering. I restarted my car and I was able to gain power steering again. However, after about 15 mins on the road, I lost power steering again. It was very hard to maneuver the car and I was very afraid of what would happen if I had to swerve to avoid an accident. I found it especially harder to turn at slower speeds so making a right hand turn onto a side street was very hard. Then on Sunday, February 5th, I was driving again and at first the power steering was working fine, but I found that within 20 mins of my trip the pwr str alert came on again and I had no power steering again. I find this to be a major issue and is very unsafe for any driver especially young ladies such as myself who have to use both arms pulling down on one side of the steering wheel just to make a slight turn around a bend. When I was getting off the highway and going down the off ramp I found that my front wheels were skipping on the pavement as I was making the turn and I was pulling really hard on the steering wheel just to be able to turn. I fear what would happen if it went out and there's snow. I hope that something is done about this issue to insure the safety of not only those driving the cars that are loosing their power steering, but also for the other drivers on the road.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 22
Failure Date: 12/29/2011

12/29/2011 - driving on freeway at around 55 mph and my message screen showed "pwr str" and I lost my power steering. It became very difficult to steer. 01/01/2012 - driving on roadway at around 45 mph and my message screen showed "pwr str" and I lost my power steering. It became very difficult to steer. With both times when I shut the car off and re-started the problem went away.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION 23
Failure Date: 12/03/2011

I was driving on the highway when my car lost power steering. A message on the center console said pwr str. I pulled over at the next rest area and turned off the car and restarted it, and the power steering was functioning correctly. About another 30 miles later the same thing has happened, and it has been intermittent since. Restarting the car seems to temporarily resolve the issue.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION 24
Failure Date: 12/01/2011

My power steering light came on and I noticed that I had lost the power steering ability. With difficulty, I steered the car to the side of the road and turned the car off and then back on and the power steering was working again. This has happened multiple times and with the research I have done, I feel it needs to be recalled for my specific Saturn. I bought the car used 1. 5 years ago and did not know of any problems until now. I have over 100xxx miles on it but that should not exclude me from any recalls that may be issued in the future. I drive my car over 200 miles a day and no longer feel safe in it. This is my 3rd Saturn and I have always loved them but I am very disappointed that this has not been recalled on my car when it is a very specific problem that is happening and being recalled in other vehicles. I got an estimate of over $1000 to fix the problem but I do not have that kind of money laying around. I just hope that I do not get in an accident because of this. If that does happen, gm will be hearing from my attorney.

car image   Lose Power Steering problem of the 2004 Saturn ION 25
Failure Date: 10/10/2011

When I was going south on I-95 in georgia I heard a warning tone from my Saturn and saw a warning on my dash that was for the power steering. Immediatly I could tell I had lost my power steering because changing lanes felt sluggish and a bit difficult. (not physically difficult but more difficult than usual) the light stays on and I have no power steering untill I shut off the car and restart it. Then it is like nothing has happend. At slower speeds this could cause an accident due to the amount of force that is required to turn. The biggest problem is not for me but for my wife who cannot physically control the car when this happens. This is definatley a dangerous problem that needs to be taken care of.