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 26 of 50)

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problem #496

Feb 022010


  • 98,000 miles


Out of the blue the car began missing, quitting and unable to steer or turn the car has a serious loss of power. The car has been checked and rechecked with no answers and with the previous complaints and recalls that are listed I am requesting information on the specifics to get the car fixed without the cost to me.

- Rainelle , WV, USA

problem #495

Jan 272010


  • 51,000 miles
2005 Chevy Cobalt, power steering suddenly went out. Very difficult to steer, almost caused accident with my two small children in the car. Have found many others on line who have suffered same problem.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

problem #494

Dec 032009


  • 40,000 miles
The power steering in my Chevrolet Cobalt repeatedly goes out. It works when I first turn on the car, but then goes out within 30 or so seconds. I took it to a mechanic to have it checked out and they said they'd have to replace the whole steering mechanism, which would cost over a $1000 with labor. Because of the price, I could not afford to replace it; therefore, I am still driving without the power steering working.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #493

Nov 012008


  • 58,000 miles


While turning through an intersection, a warning bell/dash indicator alerted me that my power steering had failed. This was verified while trying to turn through the intersection. Thankfully, nobody was in the lanes next to me, and I was able to glide through the turn and into a nearby parking lot without incident or harm. The Chevy/GM dealer nearby said the electronic motor in the steering column had shorted out, and they replaced the entire steering column. The replacement was still covered by my extended warranty, thankfully, by a few thousand miles.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #492

Dec 252009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving, she lost power steering capabilities making it extremely difficult to turn on two different occasions. The power steering light illuminated on the dashboard and then the power steering would fail. She turned the vehicle off and re-started it; the problem seemed to correct itself after she re-started it. She took the vehicle to a repair shop and was told that they could find nothing wrong with the vehicle. She called the dealership and was informed that there was no recall for the problem. She had not called the manufacturer to-date. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage is 94,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 93,000. Updated 03/04/10 re-mailed 04/20/2010 added VIN. Updated 04/29/10/ updated 5/6/10

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #491

Jun 192009


  • 50,665 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Whenever the contact turns the vehicle in any direction she noticed that the steering wheel will began to jurk forward, the contact also noticed at the same time the ignition will not allow the key to be removed and that the power locks will lock and unlock on their own. The vehicle has not been diagnosed and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 50665.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #490

Nov 292009


  • 105,000 miles


2005 Chevrolet Cobalt power steering goes out after a few minutes of driving. Turn the ignition off and then back on and power steering comes back on then off again after driving for a few minutes.

- Mebane, NC, USA

problem #489

Sep 012009


  • 50,000 miles
Power steering failure on my 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Has been going on for a year now and unable to afford to repair.

- Wendell, NC, USA

problem #488

Jun 012006


  • 8,000 miles
My 2005 Chevy Cobalt has had problems with the steering starting when the car was less than a year old. Had taken the car in to fix the emergency brake that had snapped and spoke to advisor about the steering problem but at that time it had occurred intermittently, they checked and found no problem at that time. Following another broken emergency brake (that still does not hold) I again explained the steering problem that was happening more frequently and at that time I was told that the repair would cost about $1200 and that there were no recalls or warranty left (car had 36,000). There is no explanation of why it happens, it can occur at any time and may remain out for days. There is no way to prevent it that I have found. While driving it will go out and it is almost impossible to turn the wheel, I have had to completely stop the car to avoid missing or not making a turn or avoid another car then while youre struggling to turn the wheel the steering has come back on and the car moves erratically. The cars gauges will stop working (almost like a surge) while the steering is out and I will have no speedometer. The car is driven, we have no choice at times but we try not to drive it because we cannot rely on the steering. We have not fixed the car because we cannot afford the repair.

- Stevensville, MD, USA

problem #487

Nov 262009


  • 90,200 miles
2005 Chevy Cobalt power steering problem, it seems like loose when you drive. No accident happen, just want to file a complain on this car.

- Lomita, CA, USA

problem #486

May 202009


  • 40,000 miles


2005 Cobalt with about 40,000 miles on it. Steering column went out.

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

problem #485

Oct 122009


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 a Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph on normal road conditions. The "power steering" warning light indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. Immediately, there was a loss of power steering. The driver pulled over to side of the road which required higher effort to turn the steering wheel. The engine was turned off. The vehicle restarted and resumed normal operation. The failure was intermittent but has become consistent. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunctions. The failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 03/30/10 updated 07/13/10

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

problem #484

Jan 152010


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Whenever the contact drives the vehicle at any speed she notices a beeping sound coming from the dashboard followed by the loss of power steering in the vehicle. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 51000.

- Beaver, PA, USA

problem #483

Jan 012009


  • 62,000 miles
Electrical power steering failure in my 2005 Chevy Cobalt. I have made numerous complaints to the manufacturer with no response. My power steering goes out and then resets itself, sometimes while you are going down the road. The only repair for this is to replace my entire steering column which costs over $1,000! this happened when I had only 62,000 miles on the car. Cannot afford to fix this car and pay for it too. I have children though and this is a dangerous situation. We live in ky and the roads are full of hills and curves, now that the power steering is starting to reset itself again while going down the road, it is even more hazardous.

- Campbellsville, KY, USA

problem #482

Feb 162006


  • 26,200 miles
Chevy Cobalt power steering.

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #481

Jan 152010


  • 35,000 miles
I own a 2005 Chevy Cobalt. The power steering frequently goes out while driving. The car needs to be turned off before the power returns. Very dangerous.

- Collingswood, NJ, USA

problem #480

Jan 032010


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated the power steering had failed. As she was driving, it locked and the steering could not be turned to the left or to the right. The vehicle had to be turned off and back on to reset itself. The contact had not called the dealer. She stated she will be calling on the day this compliant was filed.the failure mileage was 56,000.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #479

Oct 242009


  • 55,000 miles
When we first purchased our Chevrolet Cobalt I noticed that when turning there was an unusual clicking noise when I would turn. I took it into the dealer twice to have them identify and fix the problem which they did not do. At approximately 55,000 miles the power steering in our 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt started failing. A message appeared on the dash which said, "power steering" and our steering wheel would tighten so it was nearly impossible to make turns. However at first we could shut off our car and the problem would not come back for a few days. Now, however it has almost completely failed. When we start our car it is a less than a minute before the message appears and the power steering goes out. It is very unsafe and not to mention difficult to drive it. We do not have the money to fix it.

- Lasalle , IL, USA

problem #478

Nov 232009


  • 76,794 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated as he was driving at low speed the warning light came on and the vehicle started jerking and the power steering was lost. The contact stated he almost landed up in a ditch because he could not control the vehicle. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where they repaired the power steering assist motor and installed an a F motor kit and the lost communication code. The failure mileage was 76,794.

- Chincoteaque, VA, USA

problem #477

Feb 032009


  • 41,023 miles
Electric power steering cuts out after driving the car for about the first 3-5 minutes.

- Middle River , MD, USA

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