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#843 of 3823 2004 malibu maxx lt steering column replaced
Nov 23, 2004 (4:27 pm)
11-22-2004, 06:52 PM 2004 malibu maxx lt steering column replaced (Post #1)
6,300 miles and had to have steering column replaced.
here's the scenario:
i came home last night and was parking in reverse in my driveway, all of a sudden the yellow wrench sign comes on the dashboard and the radio read the text "steering column". at that point i couldnt turn the car left or right i could only go straight! isn't this dangerous while driving fast speeds on the highway? I took it to the dealer and they replaced the steering column today so I figure this would fix it....WRONG!
As im driving out of the lot I notice that the car is pulling to the right and when i turn the steering wheel left it is really tight and hard to turn left completely, but when you turn right it is very very loose. i took it back to the service advisor who stated they will work on tomrrow and called the sale manager as well who told me he will speak to the service manager in the morning. looks like to me that they didn't even test out the car after replacaing the steering column. 1 more problem with the steering column and i could consider this car a lemon, or is it 4 times. ill check here in WI what the law states.....what a mess on the steering column in general.
anyone else have multiple problems with ther steering column or steering in general on the 2004 maxx's? Will Chevy look at this as a very serious problem especially when the steering wheel locks up when the steering column text and yellow wrecnch sign displays? because you can't turn left or right!!! you can get killed!
any help/feedback is appreciated.....
Nov 23, 2004 (4:41 pm)
.....the dealer sold me extended warranty 6yr/100,000 $0.00 deductible for $1211.00 which is supposed to be cost.
WOW: assuming that is true, Capper's price is $1,870. That shows you how much profit the dealers are getting from the sales of warrantees. I don't know of anyone getting a better price than Capper, so congrats sacmaxx; than is an amazing price!
#845 of 3823 Re: Who Is e2helper? [gla4601]
Nov 23, 2004 (5:48 pm)
I will let him answer..but I beleive he is an interested GM employee...he had mentioned in the past he was part on the overall design project for the Maxx..but he is here in a totally unofficial capacity.....a wealth of knowledge...and he does seem to pass consumer problems and concerns on to ears that might listen.....just my two cents
Nov 23, 2004 (6:16 pm)
Glad last post was help wrt rear windows. Also, I have had case where rear window trim "descended" from the top of the window frame and no longer properly mated to the glass. Putting hands around the trim and "squeezing" it back upwards into the door frame appeared to reseat it. Also found one broken piece of bottom window trim on the rear door that I had to glue back into place.
#847 of 3823 remote start hood switch
Nov 23, 2004 (6:18 pm)
would/could misalignment of the hood start switch cause problems with REGULAR starting?
#848 of 3823 Re: Who Is e2helper? [pao]
Nov 23, 2004 (6:53 pm)
Very well said, pao and a good memory
#849 of 3823 Re: remote start hood switch [kurtamaxxguy]
Nov 23, 2004 (6:55 pm)
Nope, hood switch only used for remote start and content theft functions.
#850 of 3823 Re: 2004 malibu maxx lt steering column replaced [maxxlt2004]
Nov 23, 2004 (7:00 pm)
See post #762 from e2helpher in this discussion. After a steering column change they need to perform a zeroing procedures of the new column. The column has both a torque and handwheel sensor in it that the power steering module needs to "learn". If this was not done, it will affect the "feel" of the steering.
From what I gather from reading these Malibu discussions, many service technicians are not yet familiar with all the new technology designed into this vehicle. With assistance from e2helper, the frequent readers of these discussions know more about how this vehicle works than some dealers. If you bring the info you learn here back to the dealer, it points them in right direction and they usually wind up fixing your problems to your satisfaction.
I believe everyone in this discussion that have had their steering column replaced and correctly calibrated, have not had a repeat steering failures.
My Maxx was built mid Feb 04 and I have not had a steering failure where the wrench light turns on and DIC displays the "steering column" message. I did have 1 episode where steering stopped when my son was repeatedly practicing his parallel parking for his driving test. I think it just overheated. I just let car sit a while, and it worked fine after restarting the engine. Have not had any other problems.
Good luck with your fix.
#851 of 3823 Re: Who Is e2helper? [maxx4me]
Nov 23, 2004 (8:36 pm)
"no, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!"
Good one. I really like those ads.
Nov 23, 2004 (8:52 pm)
Thanks for your continued participation on these forums. Your knowledge is invaluable. With our Maxx, this is the first time I've owned a vehicle for which a knowledgeable corporate employee has participate on the Town Hall forums. You are providing a benefit that money can't buy - a concerned and helpful voice from the manufacturer. I hope folks realize how lucky we are to have you here.