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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,259 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 6 of 13)

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problem #151

Mar 022015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 146,143 miles

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

Power steering will quit intermittently and will ESC light will come on. Steering is very difficult and could result in a accident.

- Seaman, OH, USA

problem #150

Mar 042015

Malibu

  • 130,259 miles
I was driving East on colonel glenn highway in dayton oh, when the electric power steering went out. It caused the car to jerk and caused my wife's neck to strain. I came home and checked and learned that Chevrolet had a recall notice for some 2009 Malibu, but our car was not included. It seems strange that Chevrolet did not include all 2009 Malibu.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #149

Feb 122015

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 15 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the power steering sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Alexandria, IN, USA

problem #148

Sep 152014

Malibu

  • 135,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 70 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle. The contact stated that check power steering was displayed across the message board. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- Pewaukee, WI, USA

problem #147

Feb 282015

Malibu

  • 50,500 miles
While driving my 2009 Chevy Malibu on the highway at 60 mph my steering failed. There was a warning chime then the service ESC/power steering light came on and the steering was very hard to turn. I was able to pull on to the shoulder. I shut the car off for a few minutes then restarted the car and the steering was working again. A few miles down the road it happened again. This continued all weekend. It was very dangerous driving. I brought the car to the dealer on Monday to have it checked. I was told they found a faulty steering column torque sensor and the dealer told me my vehicle was not covered under the recall. NHTSA campaign # 14V153000 bulletin 14116 states 2008-2009 Chevy Malibu built from 3/1/08-6/2708 are covered my car was built 8/2008. So it wasn't covered. The bulletin says tor replace the torque sensor assembly. The same part that failed on my car. The GM part # is 232310 sensor kit it cost $216 + $305 for labor + $149 for alignment and tax for a total of $746.29. Which I'm responsible for paying. GM is recalling over 1.3 million car between 2005-2010 for the sudden loss of electric power steering (eps) assist. I believe all models between those years should be included in the recall. This is a very dangerous situation. Someone is going to get hurt. I'm afraid to let my daughter drive this car.

- Patterson, NY, USA

problem #146

Feb 022015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Abrupt power-steering failure. The steering wheel turns and jerks (shutters back and forth) on its own while the car is at rest at a stoplight or stop sign. Took to Chevy dealer and they advised me there is a recall for this issue but my VIN and part# are not included as of now. Dealer told me it is due to faulty positioning sensor part # 23232310 sensor ki.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #145

Feb 272015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 95,608 miles

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

Driving down interstate and the power steering just quit. Fought it across two lanes and managed to pull off to side of road I had no power assist at all. Turned the engine off waited a few minutes and started back up power steering was fine. Drove few miles down interstate lost the power steering again. I could get off road turn off car and start back up and power steering would work for while managed to get home and haven't driven since. I looked up and found there is a recall on certain 2009 Malibu your campaign number 14V153000 and my car is doing exactly what that recall describes but local Chevy dealer said they couldn't repair under that campaign because my VIN number ([xxx] doesn't show up with a recall for power steering. Driving down the interstate at 70 mph and having you power steering go out is a major safety concern and like I said its exactly what your campaign describes. Please help information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Portland, TN, USA

problem #144

Feb 262015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 167,000 miles
While driving down the highway at 60mph at approximately 8pm on Feb 26, my steering wheel began to vibrate and then the driver info display panel showed power steering and service ESC. I then lost all power steering in my vehicle. This made it extremely difficult to steer and operate safely. Luckily I was able to get the vehicle off the highway safely. The next day, I took the vehicle to my dealer and was told that the power steering torque sensor needs replaced. I did research and discovered that a similar recall was issued for the electronic power steering on 2009 Malibu's, but my VIN was not included in the recall. I am unclear as to why. I contacted GM/Chevrolet and was told I am not covered and am now holding a bill for almost $600. I was shocked to learn that my vehicle was not covered. Additionally, I was not even aware that my vehicle did not have hydraulic power steering.

- Lagrange, OH, USA

problem #143

Feb 242015

Malibu

  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the eps warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician diagnosed that the torque sensor assembly failed and needed to be replaced. The dealer verified that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). However, the contact had experienced the same failure and required the exact repair covered under the recall. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 91,000.

- Boradman, OH, USA

problem #142

Feb 112015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 85,850 miles
Vehicle loss power steering and had to be manually steered to shoulder. Alarm indication: "power steering, ESC sensor needs service". this condition keeps repeating itself over and over and over again. The fault and condition can be temporarily cleared by turning off ignition and re-starting ignition. The steering wheel rocks back in forth in idle and feels like the power steering is pulsating. My VIN somehow is not included in earlier recall but is exhibiting exactly the same issues as those recalled in same production year!!!!"??"

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #141

Jan 052015

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when starting the vehicle, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle started to shake. The vehicle had to be restarted to unlock the steering wheel. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the torque sensor needed to be replaced and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Wagner, SD, USA

problem #140

Feb 212015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 111,212 miles
Power steering stopped working while driving at highway speeds. 'service ESC/power steering' error message showed up in driver information center. Very difficult to turn the steering wheel when this happens, even at highway speed. Problem is currently intermittent, but getting more frequent. GM dealership indicates that there are no current recalls for this issue, but in looking at the number of complaints I am very surprised. There seems to be some other steering-related recalls for 2009 Malibu's, but apparently not for my VIN.

- Metamora, MI, USA

problem #139

Feb 132015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel seized and excessive force was required. The electrical power steering warning light had illuminated. The contact merged over to an emergency lane, where the vehicle was turned off and restarted. The contact stated that after driving for a short period of time, the failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnosis. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and they informed the contact that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering) and NHTSA campaign 14V153000(steering). The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.....updated 04/08/15 updated11/3/2015

- Holly, MI, USA

problem #138

Feb 032014

Malibu

  • 81,349 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering failed to operate in cold temperatures. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the power steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 81,349.

- Michigan City, IN, USA

problem #137

Feb 222015

Malibu

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #136

Feb 232015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 119,800 miles
Steering wheel locked as I drove straight. It occured on the road and freeway. Safety hazard, had child in the car with me and it was so sudden.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #135

Feb 232015

Malibu

  • 104,000 miles
Sudden loss of power steering, nearly caused a wreck in parking lot. Impossible to steer car due to resistance in wheel.

- Brookings, OR, USA

problem #134

Feb 092015

Malibu

  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering warning light flashed. The contact also mentioned that the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver and seized. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id numbers: 14E044000 (steering) and 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000.

- Red Springs, NC, USA

problem #133

Feb 232015

Malibu

  • 163,500 miles
While traveling 55 mph on a highway exit ramp, the power steering stopped working. The dashboard console chimed and a power steering warning was displayed. The ESC light also illuminated. The incident fit the same description as in campaign number: 14V153000; however, model was not covered in this campaign. I am unsure why.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #132

Feb 022015

Malibu

  • 150,200 miles
My 2009 Malibu lost it's electronic power steering, and I now have to steer it manually, which is hard for me. My car was on a recall list on 4/2014 but I never received any notification and when I called GM they said there was no recall for my car. My cousin, who is a mechanic, got the recall info from the site alldata repair S3000. I would like to know if my car is on the recall and what I need to do.

- St. Ignace, MI, USA

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