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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
66,568 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 12 of 15)

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problem #64

Jul 012010


  • 32,000 miles


2008 Chevrolet Malibu power steering issues. Issues began occurring at approximately 32,000 miles. Problem will appear and disappear at any speed, including while stopped, without warning. While stopped, the steering wheel will rapidly oscillate left and right on its own approximately 20 degrees. The best analogy is that it is "shivering or shaking" uncontrollably. Also, while driving at any speed the steering wheel will suddenly go from a smooth range of motion to a range of motion with only a few very distinct and segmented directions. Typically the two choices are left of center or right of center with no smooth motion in-between. These issues can last anywhere from 5 to 10 seconds to 30 minutes. If the problem does not correct on its own, it can be corrected by turning off the car and then restarting the car. Car now has approximately 37,000 miles and the power steering issues described above are occurring more frequently and lasting for longer periods of time.

- East Windsor, NJ, USA

problem #63

Sep 202010


  • 37,000 miles
The vehicle just recently purchased has had a problem with the steering. The drive shaft was replaced within 2 weeks of the purchase then another problem occurred and another part was replaced. But now one month later the steering wheel starts to jerk and wiggle while I am driving or even when I turn the car off. Then 2 days ago the powersteering alert keeps coming on. Allow since I bought the car the traction light will come on and sometimes I am just seating at a red light.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #62

Feb 152010


  • 53,000 miles
My 2008 Chevy Malibu 1lt has several problems, let me explain. First the problem was a slight clicking, popping in the steering column when turning the wheel, then it starting doing it every time I slightly turn the wheel you can feel it through the steering column, nothing bad but its annoying, then suddenly within a couple months of that my power locks suddenly started going up and down by themselves periodically whether it's parked or being driven, locked me out two times, I was late for work because I had to call door unlocking service, also the manual locks on the door used to lock and unlock won't work at all, you have to manually use your hand, then to beat it all my seatbelt wont lock I tried to click it but it wont even go down hardly at all, this is only the seatbelt in the drivers side. This is a real bad safety issue and the law in ky (click it or ticket) so far that's all I can say is going on for now. I do know this for a fact I will never buy a Chevrolet.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #61

Sep 112010


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 40 mph, there was a complete loss of the power steering. The contact experienced extreme difficulty turning the steering wheel. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they informed the contact that the failure was contributed to the steering column, rack and pinion and control arm. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #60

Aug 062010


  • 45,000 miles
My son's 2008 Chevy Malibu is having problems with the steering column suddenly shaking and jerking back and forth while driving and occasionally while in park. The brake lights will also come on without him pressing on the brake and disengage the cruise control, if it is on. We have had a switch replaced that was faulty, but it did not fix either problem. Now we have been told that the steering unit needs to be replaced.

- Marion, IL, USA

problem #59

Aug 062010


  • miles
I own a 2008 Chevy Malibu with electronic power steering. While driving or at a stop, the steering wheel will either shake or suddenly pull to the left or right. I had it in the dealership for repairs and they replaced a steering column that needed to be replaced but that did not fix the steering. The dealership believes that it is the electronic power steering itself even though nothing is saying that it is defective. With the problems with electronic power steering in Chevy cobalts for 2004 to 2009, I'm concern that the issues with electronic power steering may not be just in one model car but the component itself.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #58

May 042010


  • 67,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when driving 65 mph the steering wheel locked abnormally. The failure would occur intermittently and also when accelerating from a complete stop or attempting a left turn. The dealer performed a diagnostic test but was unable to locate or duplicate the failure. The manufacturer advised taking the vehicle back to the dealer for them to run a diagnostic test. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #57

Aug 142010


  • 64,000 miles
Steering wheel is having an issue where it will jerk to the left and right by itself and then pulsate while sitting still. I have been driving on the highway when the steering wheel jerks left and then right. When wheel jerks, it is extremely hard to hold it in the correct lane.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #56

Aug 182010


  • 38,400 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving 65 mph when the power steering failed without warning, causing limited steering capability. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired for the failure. The failure mileage was 38,400.

- Salem, CT, USA

problem #55

Sep 152009

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact noticed that every time he drove the vehicle, he experienced a loss of power steering. Before the failure, he noticed that the power steering warning light was illuminated. He had to pull over, turn the vehicle off and restart it in order to reset the power steering and it would function properly for a period of time. The contact called the dealer who advised him that he would be responsible for all of the repair costs. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired when the complaint was filed. The current mileage was approximately 49,000. The failure mileage was approximately 15,000. Updated 11/11/10 updated 11/18/10

- Brodhead, KY, USA

problem #54

Jul 242010


  • 23,450 miles


I have a 2008 Chevy Malibu with a power steering problem. I went on vacation so the car was not driven for a couple of weeks. I washed the car and then started to have problems with the steering wheel shaking and felt like the power steering would work off and on. It continues to be a problem off and on. Sometimes the problem is there and sometimes its not.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #53

Jul 052010


  • 4,700 miles
2008 Chevy Malibu with 4700 miles, began having problems with the steering. When driving vehicle would be hard to handle as if someone had taken possession of the steering wheel. Then when in idle the steering wheel would vibrate back and forth. Took in to dealership and they stated the electronic power steering module had to be replaced. First trip to the dealership they could not locate the problem. Researched online and ask if they were aware of any issues with this model answer was no. Not until I told them to google the problems that were being reported did I feel we received a response.

- Hillsborough, NC, USA

problem #52

Apr 012010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 55,500 miles
2008 Chevy Malibu 4 cyl motor. 56,000 miles, steering wheel shakes at high and low rate of speed while driving. Steering wheel shakes while car is idle with no one in auto. Steering assist gives out and then engages while car is in motion causing car to jerk from side to side causing loss of control of auto.

- Antioch, IL, USA

problem #51

Jul 022010


  • 50,300 miles
I own 2008 Chevrolet Malibu with a little over 50K miles on the odometer. Recently while I was driving the vehicle on the highway I noticed that the steering wheel started to jerk left and right pulling the vehicle in both directions. I drove to the dealer to have them look at it. As I was waiting at a stop light I then noticed the steering wheel make slight turns to the left and right by itself. I arrived at the dealership and explained what happened at which point they took the vehicle for a test drive but could not duplicate the problem. While talking to the mechanic and explaining he said it sounds like the vehicle was trying to center itself to zero calibration and suggested that I get it calibrated which I did. I then drove home and noticed that it was doing the same thing again. Returned to the dealer and they then stated that I need to have the column control module replaced at the price of $700. This is a serious problem that needs to be looked in to before something really tragic occurs. The frequency the steering wheel jerk while driving was very concerning to the point that I thought I might be involved in a crash. Thank god that did not happen.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #50

Mar 282010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at the speeds of 25 mph, the power steering was very hard to control when making a turn. Other times whenever the vehicle is being parked it will shake and jerk. The dealer was contacted and they stated that he will need a new electronic motor and a control module for the power steering. There have been no diagnosis and no repairs. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 51,800.

- West Carrollton, OH, USA

problem #49

Jun 132010


  • 75,200 miles
One week ago I noticed my steering wheel would shake back and forth when idling. I thought the fluid may be low and looked to fill it only to find out the car has electric steering. I drove it to work without issue but now the shaking has begun to appear when driving at all speeds. It is an uncanny shimmy that can be controlled but requires constant attention and a firm grip. It happens frequently enough(every 10 min or so) that it has become worrisome. A call to the dealer evoked the response of, "yes, that happens sometimes with this model and it can be fixed in a day or two and cost is around $1000". my car has 75,000 miles on it and is not under warranty. This is not the type of issue that should be a consumer problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #48

May 282010


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated when driving a various speeds and attempting a turn, the vehicle would make an unusual clunk noise. The dealer advised the steering shaft would need to be replaced to correct the failure. The manufacturer stated the vehicle was outside of warranty and would not provide any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 51,000.

- Arlington, VT, USA

problem #47

Jun 192010


  • 41,000 miles
2008 Malibu with 41K miles has steering issue with steering wheel shaking left to right at hwy speeds. Have to fight to keep car straight in own lane. No noticeable incident leading up to issue, just felt like there was no steering assist. Happens on a daily basis. Nothing done as of yet, but will be calling dealer tomorrow. After searching the internet, this seems to be an issue with the electronic steering assist. Remedy appears to be to replace the steering column module. At a cost of $800+, this is no cheap replacement.

- Tama, IA, USA

problem #46

May 182010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving at any speed, the steering wheel would involuntarily jerk to the left and right. The failure persisted intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were in the process of diagnosing the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 59,600.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #45

Jun 162010


  • 39,000 miles
Difficult to turn at low speeds, steering wheel shaking and shimmies left, clunking or rubbing noise. Had steering column lubed, new rack and pinion installed and still doing it.

- Jensen Beach, FL, USA

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