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 2007 Cobalt inherited most of the problems from the 2005 and 2006 model years, but toned them down (a bit). Sure, the power steering still fails and the car has a chance of going up in flames due to a cracked fuel tank, but it’s not as prevalent as the older models. At least not yet.

In 2012, the Cobalt was recalled for gas tank fires but only for owners in certain states.

Then in 2014, the 2007 Cobalt was part of a massive GM recall due to a defective ignition switch that could cause the airbags to not deploy during an accident. The problem led to 13 deaths, government investigations and multiple class-action lawsuits.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
55 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
46 / 3
Average Mileage:
55,931 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

steering problem

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 18 of 28)

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problem #211

Jan 152010


  • 60,000 miles


The defect occurs a few times a week. I am driving along and the steering wheel starts to shake really bad almost feels as if one of your front tires blew then the car becomes very difficult to control.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #210

May 012009


  • 50,000 miles
When starting up, once I get going, power steering randomly goes out while driving. It occurs constantly, sometimes coming back on when restarting, but going out soon thereafter. The problem is a electric power steering system and I am unable to afford repair, so no action has been taken to correct failure apart from diagnosing it.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #209

May 202009


  • 45,000 miles
2007 Chevy Cobalt, power steering goes out, been going on for some time. Was going to get repairs, but I'm finding out by research I can't afford this. It's a pain when trying to park. Works fine at start up, but while driving it will go out. Tends to happen more often when it's warmer outside and I have to use the A/C. less often when it's cold and I use the heater. I've also noticed that I've been smelling fuel since this started, may be unrelated. I have it being looked at later. But if it costs more than 500 to repair I won't be able to do anything but drive an unsafe car.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #208

Jan 182009


  • 60,000 miles


It is very hard to turn at especially at corners at lower speed. It also make a noise at times. It seems to happen every time that I try to turn the vehicle in any direction. It has happened for over a year. The following date is an approximate date of when I first noticed it.

- Buckner, MO, USA

problem #207

Jun 192009


  • 30,000 miles
The powersteering on my 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt went out on the highway while driving. The dealership replaced the steering column and the powersteering is now malfunctioning again.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #206

Jun 012009


  • 45,356 miles
I have owned a 2007 Cobalt with power steering problems for over a year now. While driving you could hear the steering column vibrating really loud, eventually the power steering warning light came on. When the warning light came on the car would loose power steering and it would be very difficult to steer. If I could stop and turn the car off then back on it would disappear. But eventually it came on so often that I had to have it replaced at my own expense.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #205

Jul 062009


  • 75,000 miles


I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, and at random times the power steering will go out. Sometimes it will go for months without a problem, and other times it will happen several times a day.

- Concord, VA, USA

problem #204

Feb 032010


  • 52,111 miles
Power steering went out on my 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt as I was driving it at about 15 miles per hour down my street. It was on for less than 2 minutes. Car is well maintained. This is the second time this has happened. From what I hear, this is a common problem with the Cobalt, and one that I feel is extremely dangerous.

- Coalinga, CA, USA

problem #203

Jan 302010


  • miles
Power steering system goes out without warning for no reason. Upon turning off the car and turning it back on, it resets for a bit, and then goes out again. Makes it hard to steer, stay on the road, and avoid accidents with other drivers or anything on or near the lane you're driving in.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #202

Nov 192009


  • miles
I own a 2007 Cobalt, there was no warning leading up to the power steering going out, I was just driving along when suddenly I could hardly turn the wheel. Good thing I wasn't going very fast and I was close to home. It was very hard to turn into my driveway. I should not have to pay to fix this defect GM should fix this before someone gets killed.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #201

Aug 142009


  • miles


I was driving downhill at about 35 mph, braking to make a left hand turn through and intersection with a light. The power steering went out on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt, resulting in my only being able to make such a wide turn that I almost collided with the stop light pole. I then turned the car on and off and could still barely turn the steering wheel. After taking my Cobalt to my nearest dealer the steering column was replaced and I called Chevrolet headquarters to make a complaint. They said they would reimburse the $900 repair costs as my extended warranty ended a week before the accident. After many calls back and forth they decided to not reimburse me at all.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #200

Jan 152010


  • 53,000 miles
Steering failure light comes on. Steering is erratic.

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #199

Mar 272008


  • 45,000 miles
While driving at slower speeds the electric power assist steering stops working. This has only happened 4 times but it is very scary almost resulting in 1 accident. I refuse to pay the money they want to change the power assist motor when it should be fixed for free as a safety problem. Also I would hate for GM to put the same type of part in instead of a safer updated one. I do not want to have a false sense of security. Saying there has not been any deaths is not a valid defense. Just think about turning right from a side street onto a busy road and your steering assist goes out. You run almost head on into a minivan with a mother driving 4 children to school. The minivan bounces off of your car and then off of a guard rail on the other side on the road. The minivan flips on its side killing two of the children and seriously injuring the mother. Is this an acceptable loss as long as GM does not have to pay out any money for a recall? as far as I am concerned the people at GM who are saying the power steering assist is not a problem would be guilty of murder if they made every attempt to not fix an unsafe condition. Just a short story and just my opinion.

- Peru, IL, USA

problem #198

Sep 092009


  • 46,000 miles
Around 46,000 miles on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt I was driving on the highway driving to a different town, when going to turn my power steering went out. I filed a complaint to Chevrolet but someone told me to do it here too.

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #197

Jan 282010


  • 37,000 miles
I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. I was driving down the interstate when my power steering light came on and I lost my power steering. When I stopped the car and restarted it I had power steering for a few miles before it went out again. The next day I drove approx 135 miles before it went out again. I took the car to the garage on 2-1-2010 and they replaced my power steering motor at a cost of $390.

- Tremont, IL, USA

problem #196

Sep 262009


  • 53,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions. A chime sensor sounded inside of the vehicle and the "power steering" warning light indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. Immediately, there was a loss of power steering. The driver pulled over to the side of the road. The engine was turned off. The vehicle restarted and resumed operation. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was repaired for the malfunction. The failure mileage was 53,500.

- Granite Falls, NC, USA

problem #195

Dec 202009


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Whenever the contact would drive the vehicle at any speed she noticed that the power steering would suddenly stop working making the vehicle extremely difficult to turn. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 46000.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #194

Jan 152010


  • miles
I own a 2007 Chevy Cobalt ls. On more then 10 occasions, I've had my car in reverse to pull into a parking spot or operating my car at low speed while trying to make a turn either left or right. I will get a message in the message center that says check powering steering, and the power steering will go out on the vehicle making it virtually impossible to navigate. To temporarily correct this problem, I must turn the car off and restart it, it then operates as normal.

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #193

Dec 122009


  • 45,500 miles
Car power steering locks up. Engine rough idle loss of power.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #192

Nov 152009


  • 29,301 miles
I knew ever since I purchased the vehicle with 29,000 miles that there was a problem with the power steering motor on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt. During a driving test, my daughter couldn't turn the wheel. The motor overheated. We took it to a auto shop and they said the motor will continue to do it because of the way it was made and there was nothing he could do but that I should complain to Chevy. One day in November 2009, it overheated and I couldn't turn the wheel which caused me to run up a curb. My tire was damaged and I had to be towed to a repair shop. It cost me $50 for the tow and around $200 for a new tire, wheel alignment and labor. The mechanic said it is a bad design, that they should've removed the motor and replaced it with a traditional pump. He said that will be the only way to correct the problem. It overheats daily and it is impossible to steer-especially for a small female. Chevy should have to replace these motors before someone gets killed.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

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