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#188 of 249 Malibu Steering Problems
Aug 18, 2010 (5:21 pm)
Like many other Malibu owners, I have experienced a problem with a "popping" noise heard and felt in the steering wheel of my 2005 Malibu when turning due to a defect in the intermediate steering shaft. Two attempts by my dealer to fix the problem have worked for only a few thousand miles, and the noise recently started up again. This time, my dealer told me that GM has not been able (or, perhaps, willing) to devise a permanent fix Ė itís due to corrosion caused by very poor design -- and, furthermore, that GM will not pay for any repairs once a vehicle is out of warranty.
In my case, I discovered that spraying lubricant into the gap between the inner and outer steering shafts under the dash eliminates the noise in my car completely. This procedure is described in TSB #06-02-32-007B, one of the several revisions to the original TSB issued for this problem. I donít know how long the fix will last, but it only took me a few seconds to do, so Iím willing to repeat it as often as necessary rather than throw more money away by having the dealer do anything.
And now today I received a letter from Chevrolet saying that the 2005 Malibuís power steering assist may fail at any time without warning -- possibly, for example, when youíre in the middle of an emergency maneuver at high speed to avoid an obstacle on a freeway. They will pay for repairs to the steering column for up to 10 years and 100,000 miles after purchase, but Ė amazingly -- only if the failure has actually occurred! I guess they donít care if you happen to have an accident when your carís power steering suddenly fails.
IMO, the way that GM is dealing with Malibu steering problems shows that customer satisfaction and the safety of its customers are simply not important to them. If this is the way they plan to operate in the future, Iím guessing that it wonít be too long before theyíre bankrupt again.
#189 of 249 Re: Malibu Steering Problems [carguy999]
Aug 19, 2010 (7:56 am)
If you spray it every oil change you will never hear it again, as you know it is a very simple operation.
#190 of 249 Re: Malibu Steering Problems [carguy999]
Aug 31, 2010 (8:59 pm)
DId you get an actual recall letter? I have a 2004 Malibu classsic that this happens to all the time - I called GM yesterday and was told that there is no recall in effect for my VIN number- Unbelievable isn;t it?
#191 of 249 Re: Malibu Steering Problems [lw5]
Sep 01, 2010 (5:14 pm)
Yes, I got a letter from Chev. regarding the problem with the loss of power steering. I had already had mine replaced so they are now going to reimburse me for the cost. I had originally filed a complaint with the NHTSB and that seems to have started things off. Hope you can get yours resolved as well !
#192 of 249 Re: Malibu Steering Problems [lw5]
Sep 01, 2010 (6:21 pm)
Believable: "classic 2004" is not 2005.
#193 of 249 Re: Malibu Steering Problems [malexbu]
Sep 02, 2010 (2:45 pm)
Nor is a 2009, but then why are there problems. The way this thing handles and don't handle, I have drawn the conclusion there are multiple issues. I just can not believe that a single thing could cause it to act this way. I do know that the EPS is definitely part of the issue since it has on several occasions done a momentary jerk to the right and on one occasion it lasted for about a full second. That time I was lucky I had both hands securely on the wheel wearing leather gloves. If at any time it decides to continue the thrust to the right I will probably be off the road.
I also suspect tires as part of issue for multiple reasons. They also seem to lack lateral traction. It is easy to have them barking when making a turn from a stop and that with a 4 cylinder.
I recently noticed what might be a mismatch of rear springs to shock. I would think these are variable rate springs. (think I'm using wrong description) With a light load on rear, no added weight, the springs might be a bit weak, but certainly the shocks are not providing enough dampening. Slight bumps you feel at the front make the rear bouncy.
Other issues too.
#194 of 249 Re: Malibu Steering Problems [e_net_rider]
Sep 02, 2010 (6:01 pm)
Nor is a 2009, but then why are there problems.
Nor is a 1999 Pontiac Bonneville, with which I used to have lots of
problems. Sure, all of them are different cars, but, heck, they are
all problems not something else. Puzzled...
#195 of 249 Re: Malibu Steering Problems [carguy999]
Oct 13, 2010 (6:13 am)
I have to agree with you on the steering issue. I bought my 05 Malibu used in 05 with about 20k. I was impressed with the initial test drive and the car served me well the first 2years or 12k miles. Then I started having problems with the brakes and steering. I would be driving on the freeway and my steering wheel would completely lock up with that annoying chime noise (radio screen stating power steering). I had to play tug-a-war to safely pull the car over. After restarting the car the power steering worked fine. I've taken this car back to my chevy dealer about 12 times since then to correct the problem (note since 2007...This is 2010). and I keep having the same problem...death trap i tell you.. I just received a letter a few months ago (aug 2010) from GM re: a recall due to power steering issues.. This is only 1/4 of the problems I've had with my 05 Malibu..I'm not going to even get into the electrical problems. Good luck and please be safe.. GM should put an ORANGE WARNING label on these cars
#196 of 249 Re: Malibu Steering - Recall by GM? [e_net_rider]
Jan 01, 2011 (9:54 am)
i bought a 2004 chevy malibu lt used and it was not disclosed there was an issue with the power steering or that this model had an experimental new prototype unit. approximately 3 months after buying the car the steering went out while driving and i almost hit another car on the highway. after turning off the car and restarting the power steering came back. this is now ocurring more often.. tried to find if recall had been issued for this, but no luck any help would be appreciated
#197 of 249 Re: Malibu Steering - Recall by GM? [ivy12]
Jan 01, 2011 (7:35 pm)
I have a 2005 Chev Malibu and also had the power steering go out while driving down the highway. After compaining a lot to Chev. and also notifiying the NHTSB Chev. is now paying for the power steering to be fixed.
It sounds like they will pay for repairs to all for power steering issues. So, contact them - it is worth it.