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.

Print this page


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
25 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,379 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 11 of 33)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #441

Jan 022013


  • 113,528 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel seized. The powered off the vehicle and once restarted, the power steering assist resumed normally. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where a diagnostic was performed however, was unable to generate a failure code. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 113,528 and the current mileage was 113,588.

- La Crosse, WI, USA

problem #440

Jul 112005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
The electric power steering fails unexpectedly. The steering resets itself after turning the car off and restarting it but then it happens again sporadically. The steering column was replaced by the dealer but the problem is recurring over the past few weeks. It happened 3 times.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #439

Feb 042013


  • 66,000 miles
Power steering went out unexpectantly. Nearly adverted a wreck.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #438

Feb 072013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 57,600 miles


Pulling out of the garage the power steering went out. I drove it without power steering for about 3 miles, parked the vehicle and shut it off. Went inside the business & came out about a half hour later & the steering worked fine. I've researched this issue on line and have found that GM has recalled vehicles for this issue but not the 2004 Malibu. This vehicle has also been serviced 3 times in past years for steering related parts including a rack & pinion unit. My daughter has a 2005 Chevy cobalt & her vehicle was recalled for this very same issue.

- Garfield Hts, OH, USA

problem #437

Feb 012011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel turned independently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. After diagnosis, they were unable to determine any failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact to take to the vehicle to a dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000. The current mileage was approximately 70,000....updated 04/25/13 the consumer stated the power steering sensor failed. The was a recall but, the consumer's VIN was not included. The vehicle was repaired.

- Rodchester, NY, USA

problem #436

Feb 042013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
My son, at college, was driving home when a chime sounded, power steering went out, and warning light came on. He pulled over and called me. First time this has occurred since we bought car in 2008. I talked to a mechanic, a couple of service managers, and looked this complaint up on the web. Found out that hundreds of Malibu owners have had the same problem. GM has not issued a recall for the 2004, but has for later years about this problem. This is a potentially life-threatening problem that could lead to a serious accident if it occurs while driving on a curvy, back-road highway or during a quick evasive turn. It looks like it will be an expensive fix that each owner must pay themselves. GM should stand behind their product and issue a recall.

- Farmington, MO, USA

problem #435

Sep 232011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


The power steering went out on my 04 Malibu while driving, almost causing an accident. Took it to two different repair places. Spent over $600 for it to not be fixed. I google my car and find a website with hundreds of people who are having the same problem. I don't understand why the 05 has been recalled for the same problem, yet not the 04. I'm a single mother with two kids, I can't afford to spend money on a maybe fix or a new car. Will it really take one of us dying before the problem is taken care of" and why is GM not being held responsible for it's quality issues"

- Niles, MI, USA

problem #434

Feb 032013


  • 83,456 miles
I was driving my sons 2004 Malibu when suddenly there was a few dings followed by the car symbol light with the wrench inside it on the dash light up. The wheel immediately became difficult to turn. It's as if the power steering stopped working. I drove to a safe location, turned off the car and the problem was gone. This does not seem right to me. Please have GM rectify this issue.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #433

Feb 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 132,200 miles
2004 Malibu ls-driving down the highway today and the bell goes off, the yellow wrench appears and the radio shows power steering. The power steering just went out all at once and I almost ran into a truck. Called the Chevrolet dealership and they stated there is not a recall on this and it is also not covered under the powertrain warranty. NHTSA please issue a recall on this power steering problem before it causes someone to loose their life. I have a 1998 Malibu ls and a 2004 Malibu ls and they both have gave me problems. I will never purchase another one. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dermott, AR, USA

problem #432

Nov 252011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
I was driving home from work and I lost power steering the wheel got so hard and the radio said power steering but I pulled over and turn the car off and when I turn the car backon it goes back to normal..... know I'm at a red light and the steering wheel shakes and it gets hard on me all the time I'm tired of this happening to my car I asked my dads mechanic and told me it would cost me....1500.00 to fix it I don't have that kind off money and the dealership and said it was something normal...... what can I do.....

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #431

Jan 032013


  • 101,300 miles


I was driving my daughter to a doctors appointment, and my car dinged 3 times and "power steering" came across on the radio face, and I lost power steering. I shut the car off and when I started it again it was fine. Today (1-23-13) I was driving with my daughter in the car, and I was driving around a curve, when the car dinged 3 times again and power steering displayed across the radio screen. I lost power steering in mid turn, and had to fight to keep the car under control. Does someone have to die for this to ne corrected? ## VIN failed ##

- Martinsville, IN, USA

problem #430

Jan 212013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
As for the lighting I cannot count how many light bulbs I have replaced on this vehicle to the point that I had the auto shop replace them since I thought I was doing something wrong. They only last about a month or two and burn out which is really dangerous when you don't know if will work or not. The steering issue is a much more dangerous problem, this is my wife's car and she got stuck leaving the house and physically could not turn the steering wheel which she described as locking up. I can not imagine if she were to be turn down a busy intersection on not been able to turn the vehicle to the proper lane. This is dangerous and should be a recall item as the 2005's were!!!

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #429

Dec 032012


  • 130,031 miles
Upon slowing down the car to make a right turn, the power steering failed causing the car to veer into an oncoming lane of traffic.

- Greenville, TX, USA

problem #428

Dec 062012


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5-10 mph, the power steering assist failed as the steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver. The contact moved off the roadway and restarted the vehicle. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 85,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Mason City, IA, USA

problem #427

Dec 062012


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph and completing a turn, the power steering assist failed and the steering wheel became very difficult to maneuver. In addition, the power steering warning light illuminated immediately after the failure. The contact shut off and restarted the vehicle, as it performed normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where they advised that the they could not get the vehicle to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 93,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #426

Sep 192011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
One morning last month, I was driving my kid to school at speed 30 miles per hour, when suddenly the electronic power steering problem light turned on again, and the steering power was gone and the steering was totally locked, I could not make any turns. Because this is the 4th time it happened, I knew what to do. I stopped the car at the middle of the road ( I am lucky it is happened during local not highway driving). I turned off the engine, then turn on the engine again, and everything back to normal. So far it happened at least 5 times to me. The current mileage of my car is 116000.

- Mercer Island, WA, USA

problem #425

Sep 192012


  • 131,233 miles
I am having the same problem as half the 2004 Malibu owners. I have a 2004 Malibu my power steering just stops working. This has happened several times. I have almost had several accidents because of this. I found 176 people on one website that is also having this problem and several other website with the same complaint on. Chevy has not recalled the 2004 for it. However that did recall the 2005 for the same problem. That only because someone died in the car due to the power steering problem. Wow now I feel safe. I am a single mom I cant pay $600 for a maybe fix. They cant promise after replacing the steering column it will even fix the problem. I cant buy a new car. They need to take responsibility for there mess up. Guess I have to wait till someone dies in the 2004 before they fix it and who knows I might be the one that does. Facebook connect

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #424

Dec 012011


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the steering became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle regained steering on its own. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the tie rod end needed to be replaced. After the repair the failure continued. The driver was traveling approximately 45 mph when she lost control of the steering and crashed into a telephone pole. The driver was transported to the hospital by ambulance. The contact stated that the driver sustained injuries to her neck, head and back. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000.

- Norht Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #423

Nov 012012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
2004 Chevrolet Malibu lt. Consumer writes in regards to power steering problems. The consumer stated each time he turned the steering wheel, the warning light would illuminated. It locked up on one occasion and the consumer was unable to turn the steering wheel. The consumer discovered a recall had been issued for the electric power steering starting with the 2005 models.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #422

Aug 262010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
First time it happened we were pulling out of a parking lot. Power steering message came up and steering wheel got stiff and we could not turn the wheel, my husband turned off the car and restarted it and the power steering came back. It has happened more than a few times since. My concern, I am a very small person I do not have the strength to turn the wheel when it happens and eventually I will not be able to get the car pulled over to a safe place to stop it and restart it. The last time that it happened to me was November 5 2012 taking my grandson to school going about 40 miles per hour, I was just driving along and the power steering just went out. I will tell you Chevy Malibu or any Chevy is not on my list for my next car.

- Wrightsville, PA, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?