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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
15 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,421 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt steering problems

steering problem

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Comments (Page 2 of 10)

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problem #170

Oct 172014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 53,725 miles

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

GM dealer recalled car to fix electric power steering assist. Took car in and had part replaced but when car was driven home it had a grinding noise and was difficult to steer, which was not a problem before recall. Returned to dealer who replaced said motor again, with same results. Returned vehicle to dealer again on 12/30/2014 to do diagnostic on problem with steering, realer said there is no danger to drive vehicle but needs steering column which dealer refuses to replace unless I absorb the cost there was no problems with steering before dealer exchanged the electric power steering assist.

- Millers Creek, NC, USA

problem #169

Jan 032014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Vehicle lost steering ability resulting in crash on bank of roadway.

- Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

problem #168

Sep 152014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Chevy Cobalt ignition recall work performed on the car. Immediately after completition of work the steering wheel shakes, hard to control, hard to steer and motor in steering column failed. Independent mechanic confirmed issue.

- Cottonwood, CA, USA

problem #167

Sep 122014

Cobalt

  • 68,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. While driving approximately 60 mph, the power steering failed and a chime sounded. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the power steering motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- Malden , MA, USA

problem #166

Sep 242014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. After parking the vehicle, the key became lodged in the ignition switch. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) and NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (electrical system). The parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The failure mileage was 74,000. Updated 10/29/14 updated 8/11/2015

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #165

Sep 092014

Cobalt

  • 72,000 miles
The electrical power steering unit on the car fails (multiple times) without notice causing the car to be very difficult to steer. Talked with GM - they claim car is not part of the current recall to correct this problem. (reference NHTSA campaign #: 14V153000, 10V073000) why is this car not included in the current recall?

- Jeffersonville, IN, USA

problem #164

Aug 202014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 66,236 miles

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

After receiving my car from the required recall on the steering assist motor, I notice that there was an extreme amount of "play" in the steering. This almost caused 2 collision within the few hours I had received my car from the dealer. I immediately took my car back to the dealer and was told I would have to pay them $69.95 for them to look at the problem, I declined. A couple days later I was contacted by the dealer and in conclusion they denied that the problem is associated with the recall. It would cost me to repair the problem. The dealer knowingly allowed to put me and my family members at risk of injury. I have had the car repaired, by research on the internet and found that the solution was to disconnect the battery cable for about and hour. This should have been done by the dealer and they chose to put $70 over the life of myself or a family member.

- Callisburg, TX, USA

problem #163

Sep 022014

Cobalt

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, there was an abnormal popping noise coming from the steering wheel. Also, the steering wheel made a jerking motion. The failure recurred multiple times and at various speeds. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Cartersville, GA, USA

problem #162

Jul 212014

Cobalt

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled multiple times and the power steering failed intermittently. The key was unable to turn from off to on in order to start the vehicle and the service traction low engine power indicator illuminated. The dealer repaired the vehicle according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) and replaced the fuel pressure gauge switch; however, the failures recurred. The vehicle was also included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V171000 (electrical system). After waiting weeks for the parts to arrive, the vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The key was difficult to adjust and remove from the ignition after the recall repair was performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Winter Harbor , ME, USA

problem #161

Aug 112014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering); however, the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #160

Aug 022014

Cobalt

  • 115,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at approximate 45 mph, the power steering seized as the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Forsyth, MO, USA

problem #159

Jan 242013

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The steering wheel locked as I was getting off the highway. So scary!!!! went to local dealer for it to be fixed. This was before recall....have been waiting for at least a half year to get new ignition switch....was also told there will be a steering wheel recall.....have not been taken care of and feel that I'm driving in a death machine.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #158

Aug 012014

Cobalt

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V15300 (steering) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Prichard , WV, USA

problem #157

Aug 012014

Cobalt

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the vehicle was difficult to maneuver and that the steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The contact stated that the dealer informed the contact that the part was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Dyersburg, TN, USA

problem #156

Jul 282014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Power steering went out after recall was done.

- Galloway , OH, USA

problem #155

Jul 232014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Power steering lost when attempting left turn. GM says the car is safe to drive even with my 3kids in the car.how is that possible if I can lose control of my car. They will not even give a rental until the parts are available to repair the vehicle. This is a recalled vehicle, they have known of these problems for some years now. Yet the safety of there consumers seems to be something they don't care a big about.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #154

Apr 052014

Cobalt

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that the power steering warning light illuminated. The contact also stated that the steering was extremely rough and force had to be applied due to an intermittent strong vibration from the steering wheel. In addition, the fuel warning light illuminated intermittently when the vehicle had a full tank of fuel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V073000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #153

Jul 032014

Cobalt

  • 64,000 miles
I was coming to a stop sign and steering got tight on the car, I looked down and a "power steering" message was on the display. If I turn the car off and back on it will be fine for a couple minutes then it will go out again.

- Interlachen, FL, USA

problem #152

Jul 182014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
While driving to a local business in my 2010 Chevy Cobalt, I lost the power steering to my vehicle without any warning. Thankfully I was driving slowly on a straight road with minimal traffic. I was able to drive the vehicle back home. To have the power steering quit suddenly was shocking and frightening and I'm very thankful that I wasn't driving in more challenging conditions.

- Farmington, CT, USA

problem #151

Jul 092014

Cobalt 4-cyl

  • 72,844 miles
I was driving on the highway returning to work from my lunch. I hear the three warning chimes and look at the dash. The warning reads "power steering". I slow down to make my turn in a quarter mile and realized that I no longer had the power steering. I knew I was on the recall list for the ignition and was still waiting for the part at my local dealer. I found online the bulletin 14115. Dated March 31, 2014, that referred to replacing the power steering motor in cars including my 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. When I restarted my car, the steering worked for a few blocks then went out again. My father took my car to the local dealer because I had to work. I had printed out the bulletin for him to take. The dealer had not heard of it. He called detroit and spoke to a man named al at GM headquarters. He did not have that bulletin either. The dealer went ahead and fixed the ignition recall part, but could not get the power steering issue to happen. I drove it less than one day and it happened again. I drove immediately back to the dealer. They told me I needed to replace the motor and possibly the steering column. Out of pocket, I paid for the motor replacement. I was told if they ever receive the bulletin, they would reimburse me. I checked online for the recall on my VIN and it is not on there. So is it a current recall or not? and why is GM not notifying people about this issue.

- Pittsburg, KS, USA

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