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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
21 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 2
Average Mileage:
52,312 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #70

Dec 222013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While pulling out of the gas station, the power steering light came on and the power steering no longer worked. It has not worked since then.

- Muskogee, OK, USA

problem #69

Nov 212013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 39,700 miles
Driving on the interstate, the electrical power steering went out. I was informed that the electrical motor was already replaced back in 2010 under my warranty. Now, they state this "problem" with the eps was never a "national recall" problem and all repairs will be at my expense.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #68

Nov 162013

Cobalt

  • 154,000 miles
I just found out there was a recall on the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt due to failure with the electric power steering assist motor / system. As I looked it up I found 2 additional recalls which Chevrolet was supposed to contact me on all 3. I was not contacted, and do not know if my car has had the repairs done prior to me purchasing the vehicle in January 2011. The 2 other recalls are as follows. Shifter cable problem with car not in proper gear, clip on cable, if not installed properly, Chevrolet is supposed to replace the entire cable. Also, a fuel leakage can occur, causing a fire, due to a plastic supply and/or return port breakage on the fuel pump module.

- Liberty Twp., OH, USA

problem #67

Oct 312013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated the steering wheel failed without warning when she drove 55 mph. The steering wheel became hard to turn; however, the steering wheel regained normal function when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 88,000. Updated 01/07/14

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #66

Oct 102013

Cobalt

  • 26,539 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated as the warning chime sounded. The contact stated that the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 26,539.

- Flushing , NY, USA

problem #65

Oct 142013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 53,084 miles
I was driving and pulled up to a stop sign and the power steering went out. The dealership wants to charge me hundreds of dollars to get it fixed this time because it remains defective even after the recall was claimed in 2010. I think it is morally wrong of them to not fix the system continuously free of charge knowing the unit is consistently defective.

- Seattle , WA, USA

problem #64

Sep 132013

Cobalt

  • 31,700 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Power steering light come on in the dash, wheel hard to turn, difficult to pull off the road at 35 mph, read manual and find out it has electric steering assist motor, called dealer for recalls or warranty, none. Amazing how we can sell vehicles that don't even make it to 50K miles before tearing into todays thin wallets. Very sad.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #63

Jan 152013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Power steering motor has been replaced twice on my car. Every two years it gets replaced. Power steering has gone out multiple times when driving at various speeds. GM has replaced twice.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #62

Aug 032013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 47,300 miles
When I drive my car over 60 I get a sway side to side and I feel like its going to sway in to another car when I go by them. I had it in a Chevy dealership to have it fixed and they did nothing but put a pull in the car and it sill sways. I think it has to do with the rack in the car and or the electrical steering in the car. The dealership says " its been fixed in the first recall" well I am saying its not so I think it should be recalled again and fixed right this time....

- Williamson, NY, USA

problem #61

Jul 182013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 75,600 miles
While I was driving my car at 102 and amsterdam avenue in nyc, I noticed that the power steering wheel got kind of hard but it still worked. When I wanted to park the car I noticed that I had to put a lot of effort to turn the wheel and I thought that this was normal because I thought I touched the curb; however, when I left the spot and I was driving the power steering wheel stopped working and I almost hit 2 cars while driving on the henry hudson highway. I had to make an emergency stop and I parked the car. I saw that there was a recall for power steering on these types of cars and I need Chevy to test and fix my car. I don't feel safe driving like this.

- Mount Vernon, NY, USA

problem #60

Jun 252013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Warsaw, IN, USA

problem #59

Mar 112013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 75,300 miles
I was driving into a roundabout and as I came out of the roundabout I lost the power steering and the steering wheel seemed to pull away from my hand. If I had been going any faster I would have been in a collision into oncoming traffic. This is the first time it happened. I drove home and got out my book to see if it needed power steering fluid and that is when I found out it was electric. In bought this car as a certified new car with about 30,000 mi. The car now has a bit over 75,000 miles. Today I drove to work and back and again I lost the power steering. This time I was expecting it to happen and it did. I checked on line and found that the power steering unit is and has been a problem in these cars and for many models and years. I would like it fixed before some one gets hurt or killed.

- Fallon, NV, USA

problem #58

Mar 042013

Cobalt

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while making a three point turn at unknown speeds, the steering wheel seized. The contact was able to straighten the wheel but the steering failed sporadically. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the electric power assists had failed. The failure and current mileages were 70,000. The VIN was not available.

- Franklinton, NC, USA

problem #57

Oct 112012

Cobalt

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact was able to continue driving normally after turning the ignition off and then restarting. In addition, the gear lever did not shift from drive into neutral unless the brake pedal was engaged. The failure occurred two times. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the malfunction. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Dresden, OH, USA

problem #56

Nov 282012

Cobalt

  • 33,077 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the steering column failed due to corrosion, causing the steering wheel to shake while driving at any speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who replaced the steering column assembly however the failure was not corrected. The steering wheel continued to shake when driving at various speeds. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 33,077 and the current mileage was 34,110.

- Whiting , NJ, USA

problem #55

Jan 312013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 46,740 miles
Started vehicle and could not turn steering wheel at all. Power steering warning came up on digital panel.

- Kennedale, TX, USA

problem #54

Jan 092013

Cobalt

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the steering failed. The contact attempted to turn the steering wheel but to no avail. The contact shut off and restarted the vehicle, and the failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Scotsdale, NY, USA

problem #53

Apr 132010

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 4,750 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the steering column was replaced nine times for a recurring failure. The dealer advised the contact that the lower bearings on the steering column was the problem. The contact called the manufacturer and spoke with an engineer, who advised him that there was not a remedy available for the failure and that the contact would have to continue to have the component replaced every 3,000 miles. The failure mileage was 4,750 and the current mileage was 41,634. Updated 01/29/13 updated 01/30/13

- Coolidge, AZ, USA

problem #52

Sep 222009

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
We purchased the car new on 12/1/08. Mileage 75 miles. We've taken the car to three dealerships with a complaint of noise in the steering column. It was determined a lower bearing in the steering column was faulty and the steering column was replaced. To date the steering column has been replaced 7 times because of the faulty lower bearing and G.M. says there isn't a fix for it. I'm concerned this could be a safety issue as it's a faulty steering column bearing and if it seizes I would assume it could cause a crash/wreck since steering would apparently no longer be an option.

- Coolidge, AZ, USA

problem #51

Dec 072012

Cobalt

  • 77,527 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel became extremely difficult to control. The vehicle was merged to the shoulder and restarted. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 77,527. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

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