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#239 of 249 Re: Power Steering 2004 Chevy Malibu [mahpo]
May 28, 2013 (12:33 pm)
GM is stating that they can only cover half off which will still cost almost $500.00. I am almost finished paying my car off and they have lost a customer for life. People please be aware when you think about buying any GM cars they are not safe at all. I will be starting a campaign to warn others of the dangers of driving GM cars. Since 2009 to present I have went to a few GM Dealerships and they all told me that my car was safe to drive. I was still having problems and went to tiresplus and they told me that there was a problem with the power steering and then again took it to a GM Dealership and they stated that there was no problem. I think GM plants should be shut down if they are not able to produce safe drivable cars.
Again, even if you reach out to GM they are still not going to do anything since they stated that do not see a problem with the power steering on 2006 + car models.
#240 of 249 Re: 2004 Malibu Maxx same steering issues in shop [rezie]
Jun 29, 2013 (11:38 am)
I had the same problem with my 2005 Maxx. Contact GM because I received a recall letter that stated that this is a known problem. It's an extended recall that requires the car to have less than 150,000 miles or is less than 10 years old (whichever comes first) to qualify for the free repair. Mine was fixed last month free of charge. Good luck.
#241 of 249 New Steering Column
Aug 08, 2013 (12:23 pm)
The other day in Dunkin Donuts drive thru (go figure), my power steering went. I got the maintenance light on the dash, as well as a power steering failure alert on the dash/radio. I restarted my car, and haven't lost power steering since.
Took it to the dealership and they wanted to charge me $989 for a new steering column.
They refused to let me drive/tow my car off the lot and let it sit for two weeks at my house until I had the money to pay for repairs, but that's a WHOLE different story.
A friend is a mechanic and offered to do the work. What recommendations do you have for purchasing my own steering column, either online, second hand/refurbished vs. new.
Thanks! I'm even hesitant to let a friend do the work, but money is tight right now.
#242 of 249 Steering issues with 2004 Malibu
Sep 24, 2013 (5:27 am)
I had my steering linkage checked and replaced due to the recall back in 2005/06. I did not have any issues but had to have it fixed due to the recall. Ever since there has been a clunking in the steering column especially if the steering wheel is turned to the left. Now the power steering sensor is coming on as well if I step on to the gas hard to pass and the steering gets really tight for a few seconds.
The dealership told me that even recall repairs are only covered for 90 days. I have been driving this way for years now waiting for the recall to happen again but now it is becoming more of a constant problem. Why is GM not standing behind the constant problem.
I have had many Gm vehicles but it may be time to move over to Ford for my next vehicle.
I really love the fuel economy and the roominess of the Malibu but I am not happy with the unwillingness to solve this problem
#243 of 249 Re: Power steering round 2 [anni41]
Sep 25, 2013 (3:25 pm)
I have the same model car and I just got it less then a week ago. I was told my the dealership that it was because of electric steering. But when I called GM customer service they said it is a know issue about the steering in the make a model but not enough to do a recall on the vehicle steering.
#244 of 249 Chevy Malibu 2007 Steering Problems
Sep 25, 2013 (5:34 pm)
I have had my car 1 week and I'm the second owner of the car. I cranked the car and the wheel yanked from left to right. I was told that the car has electric steering but it should not do it while I was driven. Totally wrong I the first time It did it I was driven about 30 miles when the steering yanked out my hand to the right forcing me to drive on the grass lucky I didn't hit anything else or hurt myself. But it does it a random times. I called GM customer service 0 help at all . They told me we are aware of the issue but not enough complaints for a recall. I've contacted Consumer Affairs and www.Safercar.gov to make them aware this is a issue . I suggest everyone does the same .
#245 of 249 Re: Chevy Malibu 2007 Steering Problems [ascott84]
Sep 26, 2013 (5:04 am)
I have called and reported it to so many places I have lost count. No help from anyone! The situation of power steering going out at random times is becoming increasingly dangerous!! My car only has 65,000 miles on it! I have replaced the steering once. No sense in replacing it again, because it does not help! Something needs to be done!
#246 of 249 Re: Chevy Malibu 2007 Steering Problems [ticadoo]
Sep 26, 2013 (7:34 pm)
I can understand the frustration you're feeling about your power steering and apologize that you're experiencing this vehicle issue. Have you already started a case with GM Customer Service? If not, we'd like to note this within our system. Please feel free to email us at socialmediagm.com as we would like to try and assist with this situation.
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#247 of 249 2007 Chevrolet Malibu Problems
Oct 10, 2013 (7:03 pm)
You can add me to the growing list of Malibu owners with a steering problem. My 2007 Chevrolet Malibu gives me a rattling and noise from and through the steering column at times, and while annoying, I could live with it. However, what I cannot live with is the fact that my steering wheel now will move on its own, jumping left and right. This problem comes and goes, and it has even expanded to locking steering out a few times. Having to fight my steering wheel while driving at highway speeds during my hour long daily commute is an incredible amount of stress.
While I have read a lot about this problem, it seems like no one know exactly what the issue is. Who do I contact to get this problem corrected?
#248 of 249 2007 Malibu LT Steering Issues
Oct 31, 2013 (8:09 am)
A few weeks ago, I was driving around 70 MpH on an Interstate, passing a semi, and wound up spinning out, doing a full 360 and stopping about ten feet into a grassy median. My car was undamaged other than one tire eventually going down, though I had to be towed out of the median (it was wet). My tires had about 45000 miles on them (same as the car itself), so figured I would replace all of them, and did...with Michelin Defenders, which are apparently excellent tires. I had Pep Boys do the alignment as they did the tire install, but after making my 200 mile round trip commute (I drive 100 miles to and from a University twice per week), my car still felt very loose after I got up to around 70 MpH. Truly, it felt as though I were driving through heavy gusts of wind, even on a calm day. So I took it back in to Pep Boys, and they checked the alignment...and sure enough, it was quite far out again. They redid it, and also inspected other elements of my steering / suspension at my request...and they concluded that everything was fine. On Tuesday, I did my usual commute, and the car felt quite loose yet again. I took it back in to Pep Boys one more time yesterday, and they checked the alignment, various other elements etc., and it came back inconclusive.
At this point, it seems as though I am just imagining things...and yet the results are legitimate. If I'm driving along and take my hands off the wheel, the car will sometimes take a fairly sudden lurch to the left, or sometimes the right. When passing other vehicles of virtually any size, the air differential is far more noticeable than it ever was before.
So I guess what it comes down to is this: do you reckon that this is, in fact, just my imagination, or does my description give you any hints as to what might be the issue? It's not undriveable, but I don't feel comfortable going above the speed limit. It doesn't feel completely safe to me, yet I'm not going to take it back to Pep Boys yet again without a good idea of what the problem might be. I'm new to the area I'm in, so haven't found a good mechanic who might actually spend a lot of time trying to find the problem, as opposed to just doing the basic checks.
Any thoughts you might have would be greatly appreciated!