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NHTSA — Steering: Rack And Pinion Problems

1998 Buick Regal (Page 2 of 2)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,844 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Buick Regal steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Buick Regal Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

Mar 312004

(reported on)

Regal

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Without warning, the consumer was barely able to turn the steering heel to the left since the power steering system was inoperable. Rack and pinion system failed.

- Ashland, OH, USA

problem #15

Mar 152004

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
As the consumer attempted to make a left turn, the power steering did not respond. Later, the steering worked intermittently when a left turn was made. There were no problems when making right turns. Recall#03V527000. The entire steering system needed to be replaced.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #14

Jul 301996

Regal

  • miles
Grinding and steering problems. The consumer received a recall notice regarding a defective rack and pinion. The vehicle had other problems such as coolant, oil and timing cover gasket leaks.

- East Saint Louis, IL, USA

problem #13

Feb 062004

Regal

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Steering.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #12

Mar 122004

Regal

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and turning to the left steering column failed. The vehicle would turn only to the right. Dealer replaced the rack and pinion shaft gear at consumer's expense.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 212004

(reported on)

Regal 6-cyl

  • miles
Defect which caused the wheels to turn to the right when making a left turn. The vehicle was intermittent when turning left at low speeds. The consumer's wife crashed into a parked vehicle. The problem recurred. The rack and pinion steering gear assembly was replaced. Recall#03V527000

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #10

Jan 152004

(reported on)

Regal

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Failure in steering system. The consumer stated he was unable to turn the steering wheel to the left, because the power steering system was inoperable, however he was able to turn the steering wheel to the right. The consumer was told that a bearing in the rack and pinion had failed.

- Ashland, OH, USA

problem #9

Jan 122004

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Have 1998 Buick Regal with symptoms identical to recent safety recall 03V527000 for steering defect. However, since car was built in Feb 1998 it appears to be out of the range of the GM recall (ends for cars built prior 10/97). Suggest recall be extended to recall cars with same symptoms that were built in months surrounding time frame since GM parts tracking not that exact.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #8

Sep 292003

Regal 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Problems with rack and pinion caused the steering on vehicle to become hard while turning.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 072003

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,501 miles
While pulling into a parking space, the steering wheel did not turn left. The vehicle gave no indication that anything was wrong it had gone out at once. The rack and pinion was repaired. The consumer requested assistance for the repairs.

- Columbia City, IN, USA

problem #6

Aug 202003

Regal

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving rack and pinion steering locked without warning.

- Vernon Rockville, CT, USA

problem #5

Sep 082003

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,426 miles
While driving 30 mph the consumer noticed that the steering wheel could not be turned to the left. Vehicle was able to make right turns. It was later determined that the rack and pinion failed. The dealer technician indicated that this was a common problem with these vehicle.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 042003

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles
Power steering rack. Intermittent loss of power assist while turning to the left. Dealer diagnosed as bad power steering rack.

- Middlebury, CT, USA

problem #3

Nov 122002

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,700 miles
Symtons and complaint identical to NHTSA campanign #02V286000

- Hutchinson, MN, USA

problem #2

Feb 152002

(reported on)

Regal

  • miles
Steering binds in low speed turns and always makes whining noise. Fluid level ok.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 112001

Regal

  • miles
The rack and pinion steering gear assembly broke while in a parking lot. Vehicle could not be turned to the left. Normally at the time this occurred, I would have been on the freeway and most likely would have suffered a fatal crash. The dealer said there were no recalls. The factory denied any steering problems, recalls or repair assistance. Dealership mechanics said there has been problems with the rack and pinion steering. Drive trains and engines are warranted to 100,000 miles along with emissions systems. A part as essential to safety as the steering should not be failing especially at the age and mileage of this car. The owners manual makes a big deal out of the fact that tuneups, antifreeze, etc should last 100,000 miles. Isn't steering more important!! I feel that Buick should pay for this repair.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

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