Saturn ION owners have reported 89 problems related to lose power steering (under the steering category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.
In parking lot on leaving a store there was no power steering making it very hard to drive. Next I went to a gas station and filled my tank. When I left the steering was okay. . . . The dash symbol for power steering was not longer showing. I lost power steering once before and the dealer fixed it. (invoice included) the first incident was repaired at mileage 83,868. The current on happened at mileage 99,199. There was no accident involved either time. I hope this will not happen on a curvy road which is near our home. Had the steering gone out on that at 35 to 40 mph I'm not sure I could have successfully coped with the situation. Surely once the dash light power steering comes on once it means that the vehicle should be serviced.
See all problems of the 2004 Saturn ION .
In June of 2016 at a speed of approx. 70 mph my 2003 Saturn Ion lost power steering on the e-way. I had to pull off e-way. Park and restart. After restart power steering was back but only for short periods of time. Has been an off and on reoccuring problem since.
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When parking my car at a very low speed, my car suddenly lost power steering which made it very difficult to turn the steering wheel. Luckily, I was able to park my car.
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Gm sent a recall notice for the power steering motor failing so I took the car in for service. ( 2005 Saturn Ion 2 ) up until replacing the motor we hadn't had any problems. Within three days of replacing the motor the power steering went out while driving through a parking lot. Now the gm dealer wants $900 to replace the module in the steering column. This is a dangerous problem. If the power steering goes out while changing lanes or turning around a corner and you unexpectedly lose the power steering you could very easily wreck. I've looked through the NHTSA complaints and this isn't an isolated issue. Other power steering motor replacements have power steering module failures soon after the motor replacement. It's time for NHTSA to demand gm issue a recall for this obvious dangerous condition.
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Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Saturn Ion. The contact received recall NHTSA campaign number: 14v047000 (air bags, electrical system) and NHTSA campaign number: 14v171000 (electrical system). The contact stated that the vehicle was remedied by dealer. The contact stated that while driving approxiametely 45 mph all power to vehicle seized, as a result the vehicle lost power steering. The contact stated that she cut the vehicle off and the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to the contacts home. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 162603. Mc.
Car was parked tried to start would not start with jump. Had towed determined problem with starter. Fixed overnight drove off lot then lost power steering same night just avoided accident. Found out recalls on both total of 8 on this vehicle. Only had since 8/1/2014 never advised of any recalls on vehicle and mccafferty Ford in langhorne,PA did not offer to assist advised its not their responsibility to check recalls. Car can be driven 10-15mins then steering locks up. Have to wait for car to cool down then steering comes back, 10-15 mins same problem. There is also recalls related to air bags.
I was driving down the highway and I lost power steering. The bell started sounding and the dash said pwr steering. I have to man handle my car to get pulled over, kill the motor for a couple of minutes and start it back up. Sometimes it does it again right away, other times it will go for a while before reoccurring.
I bought this car as a first car for my daughter that is a new driver. I has been off the road more than on the road for recalls. The first ignition recall could have injured or killed my daughter. . As we were awaiting parts, we were following directions of no weight on key ring and only key in ignition. The incident still happened causing loss of power steering and loss of speed. As a new driver this incident scarred her and she did not feel comfortable driving the car. I put the car up for sale. Then another recall, the eps which also causes the car to lose power steering and causes speed loss. So, back to garber and we just drove the car back home on January 2, 2015. Seemed to start out fine, then loss of speed and the car only drove at 35 mph with a lot of effort. I paid $3500 for this car for my daughter. . Still paying on the loan and now I cannot get it to run correctly or sell it. . I am stuck with a non-running vehicle that I have to insure as well. This total is costing me over $300 a month while the car sits. I don't know if my dealer did the recall correctly. I have had issues with my impala as well with recalls being done correctly. One including my airbag recall and a seat belt issue that I paid out of pocket 100. 00 after several issues. I feel gm should reimburse me for this vehicle as I cannot sell it or drive it. It is not fair that I purchased this from a dealer only pay for a non working vehicle.
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.
My Saturn loses its power steering on start up, but was told it can do it while driving. My wife and I should not drive the car because of the safety issue. The recall starts with the 2004, my Saturn was built approx 8 months before the recall. I cant sell the car because of I wont give that safety problem. The car is kept like new and has the service done on it. I had the ignition switch recall done but it made my remote start not work. Had to pay for it myself,gm or the dealership would not pay. It is still messing up. The cost of the fix for the power sterring, dealership, about $400. 00.
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.
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?????.
I was turning a corner and lost all power steering. Almost went off the curb.
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.
Lost of power steering. Message appearing power steering von dash board. While driving lost of power steering and not being able to drive vehicle.
See all problems of the 2006 Saturn ION .
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.
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.
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.
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?.
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.
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.
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?.
Lost power steering at 40 mph, car chimed & pwr str appeared on dash display. Filled up gas tank and steering worked. Got on highway and lost steering at 65mph. Shut off car at destination and steering was ok all the way home. There is no way my wife or daughter (possibly with my 2 grandsons) could steer the car at any speed without power steering.
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.
Power steering light went on and lost power steering. Once vehicle was shut off and turned back on, problem resolved. Next time I was driving, I lost power steering again while I was driving.
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|Steering Column problems||
|Lose Power Steering problems||
|Electric Power Assist Steering System problems||
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