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Print this page Notes: The Chevy Astro is mechanically identical to the GMC Safari.


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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Chevrolet Astro Van Owner Comments

problem #4

May 012001

(reported on)

Astro Van 4WD

  • miles


Power steering pump failed suddenly causing loss of steering and brakes. I was told by service mgr. @ damascus Chevrolet that he has seen this problem in this braking system before. There was no warning or previous problem with either the steering or the brakes. The failure was sudden and complete. I have located one additional owner of the same model van who experienced a simular failure. In both cases it was fortunate that the failure was at a low speed. Chevrolet informed me that since the vehilce was out of warranty they would make no efforts to assist me with the repair ($800). I feel that a braking system that suffers from this type of failure from time to time ( as stated by the Chevy service mgr.) is a threat to anyone who may operate or be in proximity of the operation of these vehicles.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 301998

Astro Van

  • miles
Roblems that I have listed are only the icing on the cake. I have several other problems and such as : oil coller inlet, rear main seal, extention housing front end alignment wanders, problems with keyless remote and factory alarm.roof rack was improperly installed, cigarettte lighter falls out, glove box light switch defective, raido speakers not propertly installled. When tensioner failed, there was a loud noise from the front end, so I decided to get off the busy road to find out where the noise came from. My steering also went out;I had my children with me on a busy road speed limit 45.I went to make a left had turn and had extreme difficulty in turning my wheel. I had to unbuckle my seatbelt; to pull on the steering wheel with all my body weight, and still couldn't make the turn, I had to back up and try to turn again.I continue to have frontend, window, fuel injection, doors not wanting to lock and unlock properly and I still continue to have these problems. I feel that this Chevrolet, Astro is a very unsafe vehicle to be driving. Any info you can give me on this vehicle would be greatly appericated. Thank you laurie hoekzema.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Astro Van

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power steering failed. Nlm

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 281998

Astro Van

  • miles
While stopped at a traffic signal, driver heard a

- Newtown, PA, USA

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