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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
21 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 2
Average Mileage:
51,585 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #127

Sep 012016

Cobalt

  • 124,780 miles

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

My daughter was driving on the highway in los angeles when her power steering locked up. She barely made it over to safety. It could have been a catastrophe on the highway. It took all of her strength to try to move the wheel. She lost control over the car. When she tried to start the car up again, it seemed fine. She got off the highway and drove carefully. She would drive about 10 minutes at a time before it would lock up again. She had to drive through some really shady areas to get home since she couldn't drive on the highway. She took her car to a Chevrolet dealer who said that there was no recall on the 2009 Cobalts. There are on the 2010 for power steering. They charged her $139 just to diagnose what the problem is. She is waiting to see what is wrong. When she said that she had to have her car for work tomorrow, they were adamant that her car was too dangerous to drive because of the steering. This is such a dangerous hazard.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #126

Mar 102016

Cobalt

  • 155,461 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at any speed, the steering failed without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 155,461.

- Brownsville, PA, USA

problem #125

Jun 182016

Cobalt

  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at a low speed in reverse, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 123,000.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #124

Jun 082016

Cobalt

  • 117,000 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 the vehicle experienced a loss of power steering while driving 25 mph. The power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was able to be operated after it was manually restarted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column was inoperable and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. A month prior to the failure, the vehicle was remedied under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (power steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 117,000.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #123

May 042016

Cobalt

  • 58,000 miles
This car has been experiencing power steering issues, where the power steering completely shuts off, but for some reason isn't included in the current recall. The power steering has shut off during driving which is incredibly dangerous.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #122

Apr 182016

Cobalt

  • 75,550 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving 65 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,550.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #121

Mar 182016

Cobalt

  • 117,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at an unknown speed, the power steering sensor light illuminated and the steering wheel became very difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering motor was faulty and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Granite Quarry, NC, USA

problem #120

Mar 232016

Cobalt

  • 129,000 miles
Driving on the freeway and all my electrical dashboard units are flickering, my RPM and speed keeps going on and down, and my power steering message came up on the dash, then it went out and came back. Not cool. Not cool at all....

- Abingdon, VA, USA

problem #119

Feb 012016

Cobalt

  • 68,570 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the steering wheel failed and became difficult to turn. The contact had to turn the steering wheel with force. The contact also stated that the repair for NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering) was performed; however, the repair did not correct the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The aproximate failure mileage was 68,570. Updated 04/08/16

- Darlington, PA, USA

problem #118

Dec 172015

Cobalt

  • 121,041 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle lost steering ability and the service air bag light illuminated. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and had the vehicle towed home. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 121,041.

- Collinsville, MS, USA

problem #117

Dec 222015

Cobalt

  • miles

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

Takata recall power steering went out.

- Collinsville, MS, USA

problem #116

Nov 062015

Cobalt

  • 33,800 miles
Power steering has gone out 3 times in the last day. After turning car off then on again power steering will work for a short period of time that varies. Recall 10V073000 seems to apply but dealer said it does not. Never received a recall notice even though my car falls under the year and model for the recall.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #115

Aug 052015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at 20 mph, there was a noise coming from the front driver side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the intermediate steering shaft was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 67,000. Updated 02/10/16 a light noise was still present. The repair shop recommended having the steering column replaced. Updated 03/01/16.

- Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

problem #114

Oct 062015

Cobalt

  • 140,946 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 55 mph, a chime noise was heard and the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The power steering light was illuminated. The contact pulled over to the side of the road to switch off and restart the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the steering wheel became usable again. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,946.

- Webster, TX, USA

problem #113

Sep 172015

Cobalt

  • 14 miles
Power steering light flashes on and off along with the security lock/car light. I lose all power to the car then all of the panel goes haywire...flashing no fuel no power steering...all the while going down the highway..

- Farmington, NM, USA

problem #112

Aug 012012

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning and the vehicle stalled. Consequently, the consumer crashed into a tree and the air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The contact was not aware of the diagnosis. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was later repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V073000 (steering), but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000. MA 10/5

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #111

Jul 222015

Cobalt

  • 61,000 miles
While teen driver was driving on city streets at low speeds, the power steering failed. There was a near-miss accident. I contacted the dealer (autonation GMC Chevrolet, corpus christi, tx) to see if there were any recalls on the power steering, they stated that yes, but I had already had it done. I had not recalled that service, but turns out I did take the car in three years ago for a recall that I did not pay much attention to involving a steering part (turns out it was the power steering motor; there was no problem with the car back then). I explained to the female service representative that I thought we had another bad power steering motor and that this was a serious problem, there was nearly an accident and that I would need to report it to the NHTSA. She stated that was fine, but I was not going to get another free power steering motor! I was speechless; I could not believe that GM representative only cared about a $150 part - or thought that I only cared about a $150 part, and not the potential impact on human life. I replaced the part myself with another oem power steering motor and that fixed the problem. I would appear to me that the original steering motor recall was not effective, especially if the same oem motor was used. I would recommend to GM that another recall be issued with improved parts.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #110

Feb 092011

Cobalt

  • 4,300 miles
Steering assembly has play in it. Something loose in steering assembly did this for a long time.

- New Castle , DE, USA

problem #109

Apr 282015

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
This is the second time this issue has happened. The issue is when turning on an on-ramp that has sharp turning radius the car ABS system turns on and you lose control of the car. This also happens when you are already on a freeway that has a sweeping on ramp to another freeway the ABS starts to brake in the turn. I have reported this issue to the dealership and they have not addressed it.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #108

Apr 102015

Cobalt

  • 63,885 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving at an unknown speed, the power steering failed after the power steering light illuminated. The contact mentioned that excessive force had to be used in order to move the vehicle from the parked position. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 63,885.

- Miami, FL, USA

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