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1998 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 202000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle experienced several transmission related problems, consumer stated while pushing accelerator from a complete stop, engine would rev up but vehicle would not move, after a couple of seconds, the transmission would engage, this would also happen while driving, transmission experienced slipping, dealer rebuilt transmission, also, left front axle boot was torn, dealer replaced the left inner tripod joint boot. Gas cap tether broke, dealer replaced gas cap. Vehicle would vibrate while braking, dealer replaced warped rotors and front brakes, the right front caliper was later replaced due to a torn piston boot. Oil was leaking from the front crankshaft seal, dealer replaced seal. Steering column tilt housing bowl assembly machined improperly from factory causing tilt wobble, also caused a popping noise. Consumer heard a clunk noise from rear when going over bumps, dealer replaced both lower control arms.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #2

Jun 231998


  • miles
Tilt lock mechanism misaligned.

- Commerce, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 221998

(reported on)


  • miles
Driver rented car from enterprise rental. Driver was going about 45 mph around a curve when the driver decided to adjust the tilt steering. When the driver tilted the wheel up, the headlights went out and the driver could not see anything. After stopping the vehicle, the driver tilted the wheel back down and the lights came back on.

- Poplar Blu, MO, USA

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