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

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 23 of 28)

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problem #111

Nov 252009


  • 33,000 miles


I have an 07 Chevy Cobalt. I've been reading online about the problems with the electronic power steering going out on people, and I've been experiencing the same exact problem. This is very dangerous, for I will be driving along on my way to school or work and the steering essentially shuts off, and is so hard to steer that a strong 185-pound man, such as myself, can barely move the steering wheel. This has happened both on the freeway and on normal roads. It is worse on the normal roads, because I can't even turn off onto a parking lot or side street to get out of the way. This problem has been known about for years now, and Chevy has done nothing to fix the problem (a faulty electronic motor that Chevy admits wears out after a certain amount miles, so even if you take it to get it fixed it will just go out again) and you people have not enforced a recall. This problem is becoming more frequent, and one of these days someone is going to lose their life or kill someone else because of this. I've been reading numerous complaints that others have been contacting you people about this issue, and yet nothing has been done. Fix it before I or someone else gets killed because of this ridiculous piece of hardware!

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #110

Nov 192009


  • 61,800 miles
The powersteering goes out on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt creating some serious situations. The steering can go out at any time under any driving conditions.

- Shepherdsville, KY, USA

problem #109

Nov 282009


  • 50,592 miles
I was driving to tn from Florida on I95 in SC when the power steering on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt went out. I pulled off at exit 60 to buy power steering fluid (thinking that was the problem) turns out the Cobalt has electronic power steering! anyway, turned the car back on as I couldn't just sit at the exit forever (it was very late at nite). Power steering worked fine! but only for a few minutes. It went out again after I got back on I-95! so I pulled over again, turned the car off then restarted and it worked! back on interstate, it goes out again! so this went on and is still the case (it is now Monday and I made it back to Florida after a very long drive due to not having power steering and no choice but to come home.) called dealership and Chevy corporate and they do not know what the problem is and are not sure they can take care of this problem. I have read many blogs and posts about this problem and feel it should be placed on the recall list and taken care of by Chevy and not the consumer! any help would be much appreciated as I do not have the money for this very expensive repair. Chevy should not be placing so many unsafe vehicles on the road. Thank you.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #108

Nov 242009


  • 39,935 miles


2007 Chevrolet Cobalt lt has power steering problems. Many other owners have same problems with the power steering. I have had the car in the shop at the dealer and they found a lower control arm bushing bad and replaced the bushing however it did not fix the power steering problem. The steering is loose and feels like part of the steering may break at any time while driving the car. The rack and pinion that is electric power steering system is at fault and hundreds or thousands of owners of these cars are having dangerous steering problems. Please help GM understand that peoples lives are on the line that drive these cars. I feel GM should have a recall to save lives and take care of this dangerous problem with the Chevrolet Cobalt. Thank you

- Sophia, WV, USA

problem #107

Nov 202009


  • 35,100 miles
I purchased a preowned 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt two weeks ago. The power steering just turned off making it almost impossible to steer. I have been doing alot of research and it is a very common problem with these cars. It isn't cheap to fix ranging from 900 to 2500. General Motors should recall and fix the problem before some gets hurt or pays the ultimate sacrifice.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #106

Nov 182009


  • 45,000 miles
On the 07 Chevy Cobalt ls my power steering went out completely leaving me with no steering. My mileage on the vehicle is less than 46,000 miles. When the vehicle ignition is turned off and turned back on it works fine until it randomly stops power assisting which seems if I usually drive a 5-6 mile radius.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #105

Feb 182009


  • 43,000 miles


Power steering light came on when I was out of town with my two children. The car became very hard to turn. It is still on today since I do not have 1000 dollars just lying around to fix it.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #104

Nov 082009


  • 2,600 miles
I was driving down the road in my 2007 Chevy Cobalt(2600M) when all of a sudden my power steering goes out while im turning a corner causing me to almost hit another car...I pulled over turned my car off and restarted it....and it worked fine...a week later and now every time I turn it on and drive about 5 min. It goes out.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #103

Nov 092007


  • 46,000 miles
Power steering.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #102

Nov 062009


  • 35,940 miles
The contact owns 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 65 mph the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel, and then the steering failed. He was able to drive the vehicle home. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The failure and current mileages were 35,940. The VIN was not available.

- Wheeling , WV, USA

problem #101

Nov 082009


  • 31,000 miles


Its happened to me while driving, but occurs anytime car is turn on, power steering light turns on, and car becomes very difficult to steer. Almost like steering locks up. Happens regularly.

- San Luis, AZ, USA

problem #100

Nov 012009


  • 56,000 miles
Power steering fails.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #99

Oct 252009


  • 39,000 miles
2007 Chevy Cobalt electronic power steering failure.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #98

Nov 072009


  • 77,560 miles
There´S a problem with the 2007 Cobalt regarding the power steering. I'm driving the car and randomly the power steering flashes on the screen and my power steering stops working. Turn the car off and back on and the issue goes away to return at random intervals.

- Rockport , TX, USA

problem #97

Nov 032009


  • 55,000 miles
2007 Chevy Cobalt power steering failure in my young daughters car. She was in Colorado when this took place thank god she wasn't in a snow storm, she would have crashed. Please let there be a recall and get these fixed before someone dies. Car has 53,000 miles on it.

- Royse City, TX, USA

problem #96

Nov 052009


  • 56,000 miles
Chevy Cobalt 2007. While driving under any circumstances, without warning the electric power steering shuts off at same time "power steering" notice appears on driver information readout. Car has no power steering near impossible to steer under 30 mph. Very tight and dangerous over 30mph wont maintain lane on bend or corner. Causes extremely high public safety conditions. Car can be reset by turning off ignition and restarting car, problem happens intermittently and without warning, has occurred multiple times over last few days and many times over last few months, has happened only one time in corner cause driver into on coming traffic.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #95

Nov 032009


  • 43,800 miles
Power steering on 2007 Chevy Cobalt ss died. My whole steering column needs to be replaced. It happened while on a major highway and could have ended very badly. This is a severe safety issue. My car only has 43K miles on it. This should not be happening to a 3 year old well maintained vehicle.

- North Arlington, NJ, USA

problem #94

Oct 252009


  • 55,000 miles
Electronic power steering fails intermittently. Problem is temporarily resolved by shutting off the engine and then turning the vehicle back on, but comes back again.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #93

Oct 252009


  • 26,000 miles
Power steering on a 2007 Chevy Cobalt suddenly went out, no warning.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #92

Oct 102009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 60 mph on normal road conditions; the steering wheel locked without warning. The "power steering" warning light indicator also illuminated on the instrument panel and there was difficulty steering the vehicle. The contact was able to drive into the emergency lane with caution. The engine was turned off, including the illumination of the "power steering" warning, the engine restarted and the vehicle resumed normal operation. The identical failure occurred on four occasions. The contact is in the process of taking the vehicle to an authorized dealer for inspection. The contact had concerns of the safety risk involved. The failure and current mileages were 44,000. Updated 11/04/09. Updated 11/09/09

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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