Lose Power Steering Problems of Saturn ION
Saturn ION owners have reported 66 problems associated with lose power steering (under the steering category).
#1 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
The vehicle was a 2007 Saturn Ion. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1G8AJ58FX7_. 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?. This lose power steering problem happened on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
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#2 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION
The car involved was a 2006 Saturn Ion. 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. This issue happened on May. 16, 2013.
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#3 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
The vehicle having this issue was a 2007 Saturn Ion. The VIN of this vehicle is 1G8AJ55F37_. 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. This problem occurred on Monday, November 5, 2012.
#4 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2004 Saturn ION
The vehicle involved was a 2004 Saturn Saturn Ion. The VIN of this vehicle was 1G8AG52F44_. 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. This issue happened on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011.
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#5 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2005 Saturn ION
The vehicle is a 2005 Saturn Saturn Ion. 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. It was 09/16/2012 when this lose power steering issue occurred.
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#6 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2004 Saturn ION
The vehicle having this issue was a 2004 Saturn Ion. 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. This lose power steering issue occurred Thu., May. 17, 2012.
#7 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION
The reporting person 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. It was Tue., Jul. 17, 2012 when this lose power steering issue occurred.
#8 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
The vehicle is a 2007 Saturn Ion. The VIN of the car is 1G8AW15B77_. 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. It was Tuesday, February 21, 2012 when this lose power steering issue happened.
#9 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
The VIN of the problem Ion is 1G8AJ55FX7_. 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. The failure date was Friday, Mar. 9, 2012.
#10 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
The vehicle was a 2007 Saturn Ion. 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 . The failure date was Mon., Jul. 2, 2012.
#11 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION
The car involved was a 2006 Saturn Ion. When driving the power steering fails and a chime will sound to let you know you have lost power steering, the only temporary fix is to turn off the vehicle and turn it back on. If you are on a strait road and have a manual transmission you can put the car in neutral and turn the vehicle off then back on. If you happen to be in a turn while the steering goes out, or about to turn. . . Brake and pray. . . The dealership did replace the steering column at 20000 miles and it was under warranty, and I have had time to not worry about loosing steering ability for 3 years. Now my car has 90,000 miles and just out of warranty period, I have lost power steering 6 times in 20 miles. This is a real concern and I'm not the only one who has this problem. There needs to be a recall on these power steering motors on Saturn Ions and chevy cobalts before they cause any more serious accidents. This issue happened on Friday, April 11, 2008.
#12 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION
The vehicle is a 2006 Saturn Ion. 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. This problem occurred on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.
#13 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2005 Saturn ION
The car is a 2005 Saturn Saturn Ion. 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. It was Mar. 19, 2012 when this lose power steering issue happened.
#14 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
The vehicle involved was a 2007 Saturn Ion. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1G8AJ58F97_. 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. This lose power steering issue occurred Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.
#15 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION
The car was a 2006 Saturn Ion. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1G8AL55B06_. We lost our power steering,going around a curve @ 45 mph,almost lost control. We shut the car off and it reset on starting. It kept going off and on for 100 miles,requiring us to pull over and stop and start the car every time, until we got home now. The failure date was Friday, September 2, 2011.
#16 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION
Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1G8AL55F56_. This happened on my daughters 2006 Saturn Ion with less than 25,000 miles. She had been making a right hand turn in a duoble turn lane off an angulared intersection (about 60 degrees). She was in the outside lane with a semi-truck making the turn along side, left of her. She was going approx. 25 mph. When she lost the power steering and almost veered under the trailor. Thank god she didn't go under under it or she probably would have been killed. The eps has failed 4 times since. I see that gm has acknowledged this problem with their other models and posted recalls for them, but not for Saturn. 846 Saturn complaints to odi and 3,489 reports to gm and no recalls!!! how many people have to report a crash or sadly enough, have to die, before something is done. I've been out of work for sometime and can not afford the reported $1,000 repair at a dealer that admits there is a problem. Nhtsa and or gm, stand up for what is right and do something. Since when is the loss of steering not a major issue!!!. It was October 4, 2011 when this lose power steering issue occurred.
#17 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION
The car is a 2006 Saturn Ion. 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. The failure date was Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.
#18 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION
The vehicle was a 2006 Saturn Ion. 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. This lose power steering issue occurred Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011.
#19 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2005 Saturn ION
The vehicle involved was a 2005 Saturn Ion. The VIN of the problem Ion is 1G8AJ52F35_. My 2005 Ion lost power steering at 45mph. Pulled over and shut it off then it came back. Been hearing reports that his happens to a lot of these cars. Really don't have the money to fix it as it seem to be expensive. If I had known, I wouldn't have bought the car. Hope a recall is on it, cause this could be dangerous. The failure date was Sunday, August 28, 2011.
#20 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2005 Saturn ION
The car involved was a 2005 Saturn Ion. The VIN of this vehicle was 1G8AN12F95_. Lost of power steering started some time in 2009,I have no record of the date,but in one of the incidents 06/10/2011 I took a picture of the dashboard showing the date and message on the speedometer. I restarted the engine every time this happen to get it back to power steering . Then I had a situation when I lost speed as I was traveling on a city avenue. The car lost speed when I was traveling around 35 mph,it made a alarm or warning sound and drop down to 10mph and I could not get back to 35mph,I stop the car and I restarted the engine,that was the only way it would recover the power on the engine. It happens two or three times in one month. This issue happened on 06/10/11.
#21 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION
Driving on highway in my 2006 Saturn Ion. Her a "beep" notification from the dash and simultaneously, I lost all power steering. Warning on dash stated "pwr strng". This issue happened on Aug. 21, 2011.
#22 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Saturn Saturn Ion is 1G8AJ55F47_. Our 2007 Saturn Ion with 12,000 miles lost steering control due to short circuit in steering assist motor. The loss of the power assist while in the mountains resulted 90% steering loss and almost lost control of vehicle. Last year in a similar auto owned by our family the 2006 chevy cobalt lost power steering assist but shorted out while the car was on but parked. I am surprised no safety recalls have been issued. This issue happened on Fri., Jan. 29, 2010.
#23 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
The vehicle having this issue was a 2007 Saturn Ion. "pwr str" was displayed on the odometer and the power steering immediately went out. After turning the vehicle off and back on, the power steering worked fine but every time after driving for more than a few minutes, the same thing happens and I lose power steering again. It was Monday, August 31, 2009 when this lose power steering issue occurred.
#24 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1G8AL58F87_. My 2007 Saturn Ion occasionally loses power steering. When it does, the car chimes 3 times and displays pwr str on the odometer display. This happened once last month, once yesterday, and 3 times today. It seems to be truly random, as I drove 80 miles before the first incident today, only a couple of minutes the other three times, and 90 miles without incident after the final occurrence today. Power steering remains out until I cycle the ignition switch. I found that I could switch to off and back on quickly enough to keep the engine running, and even this brief interruption in power was enough to reset the fault. This is a serious problem, as the car is very hard to steer without power steering. I fear that my wife may not be strong enough to "muscle" the car in this condition. A quick internet scan indicates that this has been a common problem for several model years, and other gm cars with identical components have been recalled, but not Saturn. Please instigate a prompt investigation and get the recall going for these Saturn defects. This is obviously a control module problem since it is so easy to reset, and is not related to the motor itself or overheating, since no cooldown period is required to restore operation. The gm solution seems to be replacing the entire steering column for $1200! this is unacceptable. This problem occurred on Saturday, March 20, 2010.
#25 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
VIN of the vehicle was 1G8AL55B88_. Saturn Ion 2007. Loses power steering and you have to turn the motor off and restart to regain power. This was rare at the beginning but happens frequently now. It was 03/20/2010 when this lose power steering issue occurred.
#26 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
The vehicle having this issue was a 2007 Saturn Ion. I was driving the car and got a pwr str warning on my console. I noticed that I had lost my power steering. I pulled over and turned the car off. When I restarted the car everything worked fine. I didn't have the issue again for 3 days, but now im having it 10-15 times a day. My fiance is the normal driver of this car and does not have the strength to steer and control the car when it looses the power steering. She has almost been in 3 wrecks in the last week resulting from this. There is a recall for the chevy cobalt and pontiac g5 that is TSB 10v073000. This is the same part and component that is on the Saturn Ion, but it wasn't included in the recall for some reason. It was Sunday, April 11, 2010 when this lose power steering issue occurred.
#27 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
The VIN of the problem Ion is 1G8AN15F67_. My 2007 Saturn Ion lost power steering on the highway, I found out it has electric power steering. I was able to get it off the road safely, but this could have been a serious issue. It is intermittent but I believe it should be a recall issue as many owners I found online complain of same issue. My local dealer as seen many vehicles come in for the same problem. Had it been raining or a stop fast situation I would have had no turning control. This lose power steering issue occurred Saturday, July 17, 2010.
#28 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
Consumer has a 2007 Saturn Ion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost power steering. There was a power steering light that illuminated during the failure. She noticed that it was extremely difficult to turn into a parking space as a result. The contact turned off the vehicle and restarted it. When she restarted it, the failure seemed to have corrected itself. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was approximately 36,500. The failure mileage was approximately 36,000. This lose power steering problem happened on Monday, August 30, 2010.
#29 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
My 2007 Saturn Ion lost power steering ability for no specific reason. The warning screen would flash and beep and then it would stop working. It continued to do it throughout the day at random times. Every time I would turn the engine off and restart it the power steering would work again and then randomly stop working usually as I am driving down the road. It was 02/15/11 when this lose power steering issue occurred.
#30 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2007 Saturn ION
VIN of the vehicle was 1G8AL55F57_. I am purchasing a 2007 Saturn Ion 3. When I drive down the road sometimes you will hear a ding, pwr str shows up where the odometer is, and I lose my power steering. I stop and turn the car off then on and I have power steering back. I received a letter from Saturn saying that this might become a problem and they would repair it if the vehicle was less than 10 years old and 100,000 miles or less. Of course my Saturn conveniently is over 100k miles. I called Saturn and all they would say is that I can go have it diagnosed and they might help me. Gm has recalled the cobalt for the same problem. 14 people have died because of this problem. Why isn't gm recalling Saturn Ions for this problem?. This lose power steering issue occurred Wednesday, March 2, 2011.
#31 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION
I own a 2006 Saturn Ion with approximately 41k miles. The car is less than 5 months out of warranty and the power steering intermittently stops working. This started on December 2, 2008 and has continued. I will be driving and the dash light comes on, a chime sounds, and I lose power steering. Once I am able to get off the road and turn off the engine it will start working again once the car is restarted. There is no set pattern to follow as to when it happens. One day I was able to drive 10 miles and it never stopped working. The next day it stopped working 6 times during a 4 mile trip. When the power steering goes out the vehicle is almost impossible to turn and I'm concerned it is going to cause an accident. I contacted my Saturn dealer and talked to the service department. I was told that if the power steering column has to be replaced it is going to cost around $1,100. This problem occurred on December 2, 2008.
#32 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION
The owner has a 2006 Saturn Ion. He stated that intermittently the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel, and then he lost power steering. As a consequence he experienced difficulty while steering. Occasionally he can restart the vehicle and resume normal operation. The dealer was notified; however, no repairs have been made. The vehicle identification number was unavailable. The failure mileage was 61,000. The current mileage was 62,453. This lose power steering problem happened on Sep. 12, 2009.
#33 - Lose Power Steering problem of the 2006 Saturn ION
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1G8AJ55F16_. The vehicle involved is a 2006 Saturn Ion. Intermittently the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel, and then there was a lost of power steering. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and a technician stated that he would have to pay $900. 00 to repair the steering column and gear box. No repairs were made. The manufacturer was notified, and he was referred to the dealer. The failure and current mileages were 32,000. Updated 12/07/09. Updated 12/08/09. This lose power steering problem happened on October 24, 2009.
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