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 26 of 28)

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problem #51

Apr 152009


  • 62,000 miles


I have a 2007 Chevy Cobalt and the power steering has motor has gone out.. while researching how to fix it I have found that there are thousands of people who are in the same situation. Chevy wants 1000 dollars to fix a problem that should be a recall issue... I could understand if only a couple of people had the problem but it seems to be a wide spread issue.. this could be a potentially serious issue.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #50

Aug 032009


  • miles
I bought my 07 Cobalt ss in February in August the power steering started going out. I would be driving and it would just quit working but if I turned it off and turned it back on it would work for a few minutes then stop working again. It does this everytime I drive the vehicle. I called my dealership and they told me there was nothing they could do. So I called a repair shop and he told me it was the power steering motor and that they are not cheap. I have not purchased a motor yet because I do not have the money right now. This is a very dangerous situation and I think something should be done to correct it.. also another problem I am having is the ignition.

- Orange, TX, USA

problem #49

Aug 172009


  • 47,000 miles
Sudden loss of power steering.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #48

Jul 102009


  • 48,000 miles


I own a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The power steering failed without warning and nearly caused me to hit a tree. Luckily, I was able to avert the crisis and drive safely home. I contacted Chevy and they told me that I had to get a $150 diagnosis before they would even consider addressing the issue. After I completed the diagnosis, they told me that the dealership I went to had recently gone out of business and I would have to get another $150 diagnosis before I they would review my case. In order to fix it, they are trying to charge me over 1,000 dollars and are refusing to lend assistance. This is an extremely dangerous issue that Chevy must fix before somebody gets into a very serious accident.

- Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

problem #47

Aug 112009


  • 34,512 miles
I have a 07 Chevy Cobalt and I was driving on the express way when my power steering light can on and as I was turning the wheel it locked up. I was very afraid do to the fact that my child was in the car. I pulled over on the shoulder and turned the car off. I didn't know what to do but I couldn't stay on the eway. When I started it back up the wheel loosened up but sure enough a couple miles down the road it did the samething. I am sending this complaint because I think that is very dangerous especially when you are trying to turn a corner or even switch lanes. In doing research about the part I located a site "topix Chevy Cobalt steering failure" were there is over five hundred post about the same thing. But yet recall on this car. When will they recall it when someone is seriously hurt or even killed!!!!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #46

Aug 082009


  • miles
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt power steering light came on and steering wheel gets locked up for no reason and hard to turn the wheel, while driving. Almost wrecked and could not turn the wheel. The only way to fix it was to turn the car off and back on. Happens every day now, when driving out of nowhere. I feel very uncomfortable driving the car now, scared to get in an accident. It is really sad when the car is practically new.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #45

Jun 022009


  • 36,000 miles


I own a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt approx 37K approx 36K my power steering notification came on while driving in traffic and becomes hard to steer. I have to turn veh off and resume driving in hopes that it won't come back on. This has gotten gradually worse and more frequent in the heat of summer. GM recall your defective parts!

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #44

Aug 032009


  • 67,000 miles
I recently got my wheel bearings replaced on my 07 Chevy Cobalt lt. A day later my power steering light comes on. It comes on every day and continues to come on while driving every 5 minutes because when you shut the car off it resets. I have taken it to the place where I got the wheel bearings fixed and they cant find the problem.

- Dundalk, MD, USA

problem #43

Apr 082009


  • 50,000 miles
I have had my 07' Chevy Cobalt for a yr now and about 4 months ago my power steering light came on making my wheel really hard alot while driving. I have done recent searches and have realized that this is happening to alot of the Chevy Cobalt.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #42

Jul 212009


  • 41,162 miles
The Chevy Cobalt has a major issue with the power steering motor. Around 41-44,000 miles the motor fails. It is an electric motor and all of a sudden just stops working and you loose power steering to the car. There are multiple cases of this that can be found by simply goggling Chevy Cobalt power steering. The motor has to be replaced and it can be very expensive. This is a defective part that should be recalled. I have a 2007 but I've heard of it on 2005's also. Please do something soon to protect would be consumers from the danger of this happening to them. When it happened to me I almost had an accident.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #41

Aug 032009


  • 104,000 miles


I was almost involved in a head on collision due to the power steering failure of my 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt lt. I was turning left onto a busy street. The power steering failed and the message "power steering" was displayed on the dash. This caused me to drift into the on coming lane. If I hadn't acted quickly enough I would have been injured. It took a lot of effort to turn the wheel and save my own life. I understand that this is a know problem on all Chevrolet Cobalts due to the electronic steering assist. From what others have said, this happens randomly. Please help and save others. This will most certainly cause someone to have an accident.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #40

May 212009


  • 27,890 miles
2007 Chevy Cobalt steering is defective and dangerous! I purchased a 2007 Cobalt in may of 2009 and have had in the shop 3 times since. Power steering column needed to be replaced twice. There needs to be a recall. Others have reported that their power steering goes out randomly creating a very dangerous situation!

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #39

Aug 032009


  • 30,500 miles
Driving and power steering goes out.

- Neptune Beach, FL, USA

problem #38

Jul 282009


  • 85,126 miles
Power steering goes out while driving - 'power steering' indicator lights up on dash. Only way to get power steering back is to shut car off and re-start. There is no warning or any apparent way of predicting when the power assisted steering module stops working. Potentially very dangerous situation if traveling at highway speeds!

- Plainfield, IN, USA

problem #37

Jul 312009


  • 53,900 miles
Power steering is randomly failing on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt. My teenager drives this car, very scary for her to lose power steering. Researching the internet this seems to be a common problem for the Cobalt, a very dangerous common problem. A recall needs to be done by GM before someone dies. The cars are generally used by commuters and teenagers. Just got off the phone with GM, they acknowledge part failure.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #36

Apr 162009


  • 65,000 miles
My Chevrolet Cobalt started to fail when I was driving, , I took it to the shop and they told me it was the power steering. Its going to cost me 1000 dlls to fix it I think this is to much. I have done some research and I am not the only person. With this problem, this is a very serious problem and it could cause major accidents. This something that always happens when im driving. Please take the time to talk to Chevrolet so this can be fixed.

- Roma, TX, USA

problem #35

Jun 042009


  • 60,000 miles
My power steering is out on my 2007 Chevy Cobalt. I have looked online and there are so many people who are having the same exact problem. The power steering light flashes and if you turn the car off and back on it goes away, only to come back on a few miles downt he road. It normally occurs most when it's hot outside. The car is barely able to turn at all. It is an accident waiting to happen. I have two little children. I would hate for anything to happen. The car is no longer under warranty, however with this many problem having the same exact problem, I think there would be something someone can do??

- Bellmead, TX, USA

problem #34

Jul 102009


  • 41,000 miles
2007 Chevy Cobalt-electric power steering failure while driving. Car must be turned off and then back on to reset the power steering. If temperature outside is over 80 degrees it will failure constantly until the next day (when the car has had a chance to cool off overnight) there is documentation all over the internet stating thousands of drivers are having the same problems and even crashing due to the power steering failure. Chevy needs to issue a recall on this part!

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #33

Jul 172009


  • 95,404 miles
Last year a bought a 2007 Chevy Cobalt for my daughter who had just turned 17. The car rode smoothly and I was impressed with the overall handling. This unfortunately only lasted for 9 months. My daughter was driving home from work at 1230am on Sunday night only to call me hysterical that the steering got hard all of a sudden. I told her to calm down and pull over and I would be there as quickly as I could. Well after explaining to an officer that stopped me for speeding, the officer and I both got to my daughter and sure enough, the power steering did fail on her. I proceeded to drive the car home carefully, and ever since then the steering has been an ongoing problem. I can't unload the car cause I owe $9000 on it. So now I'm researching to replace what I need to replace on this piece of junk. I do hear a click under the dash right when the steering gives out, so I'm replacing both the power steering control module and the assist motor. Here's hoping this solves the problem. To GM, I am never, ever buying another vehicle made by you again!! may you mercilessly go out of business once and for all. We could use another domestic car maker to replace your incompetence.

- Locust Grove, GA, USA

problem #32

Jul 182009


  • 58,778 miles
Power steering indicator light came on while I was out and about running errands (at least 3 times). Fortunately, I was able to pull over, stop and start again. It would run fine for a short while and the light would come on again. I also experienced a great deal of trouble 7/17/09 with the key getting stuck in the ignition and it not turning. I have recently spent $1,600 plus to repair/replace the cylinder head gasket.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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