Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The Cobalt was introduced to replace two of Chevy’s smaller cars, the Cavalier and Prizm. But the compact’s fresh start that Chevy was hoping for was riddled with issues, most notably widespread power steering failure.

The power steering failed so often that GM was forced to issue a recall in March, 2010. Great, but what about other problems like the key getting stuck in the ignition or all the other electrical demons this car possesses?

And, oh yes — then there’s the terribly dangerous issue where the Cobalt randomly shuts off while driving. As it turns out, that problem is related to GM’s massive 2014 recall for a dangerous ignition switch defect. A recall that eventually ballooned to 2.6 million vehicles in one of the automotive industry’s biggest scandals.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
45 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
27 / 5
Average Mileage:
62,118 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 17 of 50)

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problem #676

Feb 212010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


The power steering is failing on my 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. I will be driving, a chime sounds, the power steering light comes on and I have no power steering. I have to turn the car off, then back on to reset it. I will then have power steering for a short distance before it happens again.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #675

Feb 182010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 123,319 miles
Power steering started to go out occasionally. It would come back on if I turned off and restarted the car. Quickly became more frequent. Took car in and got the power steering motor component replaced, they kept the old motor.

- Hutto, TX, USA

problem #674

Mar 012010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 49,500 miles
I have a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, on March 1, 2010, Y car's message center "dinged" and the message "power steering " was being displayed. The tachometer, and speedometer both started jumping up and down, that seemed to stop after a couple of seconds, my steering seemed a little stiffer but nothing really noticeable, a few minutes later, pulling up to a stop light it started jerking like someone was shifting gears hard in a standard, or like the clutch was popping. This is ridiculous, not to mention it scared me half to death, I drive 400 miles to my parents every weekend, and I Transport my younger siblings all the time. This is dangerous! and needs to be fixed.

- Bokchitok, OK, USA

problem #673

Jan 102010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


My 2005 Chevy Cobalt lost power steering while driving down the road, and my wife narrowly avoided a head on collision. Rather than head into on-coming traffic, she swerved toward the shoulder hitting a mailbox. I wish a GM engineer was standing there instead of the mailbox.

- Mount Ulla, NC, USA

problem #672

Feb 282010


  • 27,500 miles
2005 Chevy Cobalt electrical power steering failure. A couple of beeps and power steering is noted on the dashboard and at the same time you loose complete power steering while driving. Has happen twice in the last two days.

- La Vista, NE, USA

problem #671

Feb 122010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt has a power steering problem. The power steering randomly goes out while driving and the problem has become more frequent. It now occurs within minutes every time I drive the car. This car has an electronic power steering system. It is extremely dangerous to lose power steering while driving, making turns, parking, etc. I have read numerous complaints from other consumers regarding this issue and I really hope that GM issues a recall to fix this problem. It is very difficult to steer the car and at this point I am nervous to drive it at all. Thank you for taking this into consideration.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #670

Feb 252010


  • 69,000 miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) this is the second time my 2005 Chevy Cobalt power steering went out on me in the past year. The first time I had the whole steering column replaced and it cost me $400 for a used part and labor (a new part was way too expensive). That was April 2009. This past week it has gone out again, and I do not have the extra money to get repaired at the time. When I start my car the power steering is fine until I drive about a block or two then the "power steering" alert comes up on the dash board and it will not fix unless I shut off the car and start all over again. But this only correct the problem for another block or two. [xxx]

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #669

Jan 112010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving approximately between 35 mph into a curve on normal road conditions. The vehicle steered uncontrollably out of the lane and crashed into another vehicle on the driver side. There was a loss power steering without warning. The police, fire department and ambulance were called to the scene. There were no personal injuries. The vehicle was towed to an independent auto shop. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The cause of failure has not been determined at this time. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Kittanning, PA, USA

problem #668

Feb 142010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The power steering goes out on my 2005 Chevy Cobalt on a frequent basis making the car very hard to turn and unsafe to drive. I am concerned that one day I will not be able to control the car and cause and accident with serious injuries or worse. I see there are hundreds of other incidents of this nature and the list continues to grow on a daily basis. Please have GM issue a recall and provide the needed repairs before more people experience collision and injury or death.

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #667

Aug 282009


  • 94,000 miles
My 2005 Chevy Cobalt was randomly losing it's power steering. Once I had that costly repair, it began randomly stalling. Usually at intersections, but sometimes just for slowing down. I've had it in to be fixed several times. It has improved but it still happens occasionally.

- E. Chatham, NY, USA

problem #666

Oct 152009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Randomly when I'm driving a warning comes up stating something about the powering steering & the steering wheel locks & I can't move right or left. This has happened around 6 times to me so far, all on the interstate or a main road. Luckily there have been no injuries & I was able to say in my lane & struggle to pull over. I have to usually stop the car completely & power it off to unlock the steering. Also, twice before while I'm actually driving the keys have fallen out completely. The key also gets stuck when I'm trying to turn the car off.

- Covington, VA, USA

problem #665

Sep 012009


  • 80,000 miles
Power steering shuts off frequently (every few minutes) while driving.

- Manheim, PA, USA

problem #664

Jun 202009


  • 40,000 miles
My daughter, a college student in abilene, tx., drives a 2005 Chevy Cobalt. She had been driving her vehicle in normal conditions when she realized her power steering had stopped working.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #663

Dec 062009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
I own a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The power steering failed while I was traveling on the highway with my four year old daughter in the car. Thousands of other Cobalt owners are experiencing this same problem with their vehicles. Chevy needs to be forced to recall these cars. They are unsafe and someone may die.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #662

Feb 252010


  • 61,000 miles
Power steering went out while driving on the high way. Luckily I am a strong man and was driving and not my wife. The front passenger seat belt is now no longer usable due to the fact that it is stuck buckled together for the 2nd time. It can no be detached. This is a safety hazard. And now I must replace this seat belt and buckle.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #661

Feb 272010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 75,090 miles
I am not able to get my key out of the ignition of my 2005 Chevy Cobalt ls. This has been a persistent problem since I bought the car in 2006 (was a rental). Up until today (2/27/10) I've always been able to get it out eventually. Now however, my car will not start - it just clicks, and my shifter won't move. The car doesn't recognize that it's in park. After doing some research online, it appears many people have had this problem. The conclusion is that there is a defect in the transmission shift cable. Please see this link: this is not the only problem I've had with this car: Power steering failure after about 45,000 bad wheel bearing after about 50,000 cd player replaced because it wouldn't eject cds (this is still a problem even though the dealer replaced it with the same manufacturer's model) faulty glove compartment. I feel this model of car is dangerous and should be recalled after all the problems people are experiencing with it.

- Kaukauna, WI, USA

problem #660

Sep 152008

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Cobalt ls for my son to drive to and from work and school, the car hand approx. 54,000miles on it, 2 months later my son informed me that the power steering light came on while driving and the car became hard to control, he pulled over and stopped the car and restarted it after being unable to find any obvious damage and the light went out and the steering returned. This continued to go on to the present day. We are able to pay the $1500 the dealer wants to replace the entire steering column. Sometimes we can stop the car and restart it and the steering returns, you never know when and how long the steering will stay out for. I have also contacted Chevrolet to see anything is being done to repair this, (no).

- Zion, IL, USA

problem #659

Dec 302009


  • 61,305 miles
Power steering indicator comes on while driving and the power steering goes out.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #658

Feb 252010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
My 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt all of a sudden started having issues with the power steering. It would go in and out until it finally got to hard to drive. I took into the dealership and was told that the power steering unit had gone bad. I had it repaired to the tune of $400. Imagine my surprise when I went on line to find out that this very problem is being investigated by the national highway and safety commission. I was really upset with the dealership and with Chevrolet because I was never notified that it was a problem. I would like to have this investigated further. I feel that this is unfair to consumers for dealerships to charge us for issues the manufacturer should take responsibility for. In addition, the gear shift mechanism is also faulty. Sometimes it is almost impossible to get the key out of the ignition. This has occurred before, resulting in having the whole mechanism replace in November 2008 and now it appears that it may have to be replaced again. When you put the car in park, it does not go all the way into gear and you have to keep putting the gear from neutral to park until it release the ignition.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #657

Dec 202008

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Power steering fails to work and makes driving difficult.when changing lanes. It is a 2005 Cobalt. This started after 70,000 miles and warrety expired. Contacted GM and they didnot help. The estimated cost of repare is over $1200. It is an electronic device.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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