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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,880 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 7 of 12)

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problem #116

Feb 052015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles


I was parked for several minutes. When I put my car in drive, the power steering warning came on along with the malfunction light. This is the first time that it happened. About an hour later, I brought it to a mechanic; the steering was fine and the light didn't come on. Apparently, other models of the Malibu have had this issue and a recall was sent. However, my particular model is not a part of the recall, despite the number of complaints consumers have made. GM really needs to address this problem and issue a recall to all their cars where customers have made complaints on the exact same issue.

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #115

Feb 032015


  • 148,000 miles
On Tuesday February 3rd 2015 I was on my way home from work when my 2009 Chevy Malibu cut off on me. The check engine and traction lights came on and a message of power steering service ESC came on. Cars had to swerve around me to avoid collision luckily I had not yet made it onto the interstate. I turned the engine off, waited for five minutes and restarted the vehicle. Upon restart all of the lights and messages were gone and the car was operable. I researched this issue and found that is a known issue and even on recall. I called GM and I was informed by a rep that while this is a known issue and is a recall for my model my VIN number does not meet the recall. I do not understand how a known issue that I am currently experiencing is not covered by GM. This is a extreme hazard to myself, other drivers and my newborn child that I travel with. I am very angry, disappointed and I feel betrayed by GM and Chevrolet. I will be contacting my lawyer, sending letters to GM and blogging to warn people of the dangers and hassles of purchasing and driving a Chevy.

- Marrero, LA, USA

problem #114

Jan 102015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 149,000 miles
Power steering and service ESC notification in driver information and power steering turns off. Car was parked and running when it happened first time. It has happened a few times since while driving at low speeds. Generally has been in colder temperature. The car has electronic steering on a 4 cylinder engine. From what I understand GM has recalled similar issues on other vehicles.

- Hillsboro, ND, USA

problem #113

Dec 222014


  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 20 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Alington, TX, USA

problem #112

Jan 012015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
There is a power steering problem as is goes off on the freeway while driving, as well as there is a recall on the break lamp turns on and off while driving. Attempted to contact multiple dealerships as they couldn't not find the issue relating to this problem.

- Castro Valley , CA, USA

problem #111

Jan 242015


  • miles
As I was driving my steering wheel start shaking out of no were and stop at the store and started it back and my steering is locked up and hard to turn.

- Amarillo , TX, USA

problem #110

Nov 102014


  • miles


The wheel turn triggers the ESC to turn off. Sometimes mid parking lot. Sometime mid highway on ramp at 45 mph. Some days I can go without having any issues. Other days I can't get the steering to come on. Worst is when I am in mid turn and it triggers. Very frustrating and annoying to just buy a car and have it be so unsafe that we can barely use it. Called dealer but was told I would have to pay $109 to diagnose and service if needed to replace would run about $800. This car has been a nightmare with cost and issues. I had to pay $90 bucks to change a $20 front head light bulb because the bumper has to be removed to do this. Locks don't work.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #109

Jan 302015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
Friday morning at 8am, attempted to backup car from parking space and go to work but had the hardest time turning the wheel and googled information and found recall id # 105304 for steering issue recalled July 21, 2014 & found recall id # 103669 for ESC recall date May 14,2014, I've contacted Chevrolet at 800.680.7031 and had case#: [xxx] initiated for steering and had a rep call GMC royal to service my car but found out that they wouldn't fix my steering or ESC issue since my VIN# personally hasn't been notified as a mass recall but they will fix two other issues affecting a lamp and a clamp, if I could have someone research this in depth I would greatly appreciate it as I would hate to have to pay money to have the car fixed and they send a recall letter for the same situation years later and then I'm stuck out of pocket for the prior services the main issue I experience is with the steering out of no where the car states power steering in green letters and freezes and I'm sometimes stuck in the middle of the street and can only move if I keep restarting the car and with the ESC, the car states ESC disabled which affects steering and no traction and messes with the pedals, if I can have these issues escalated since they are the same issue as those other recalls I would greatly appreciate it!!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #108

Jan 212015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 130,015 miles
The power steering in my 09 Malibu stopped working while I was driving while driving at 50mph on expressway. My steering wheel started to shake violently, then the eps service light came on. I pulled over to the side of the road, turned the car off and called for help. When I turned the car back on the light was off and the steering was working again. I drove home the car home and the power steering stopped working again and the warning light returned. I searched the web for recalls for a 09 Malibu (steering issues has a recall). I had the vehicle towed to the dealership, I was informed that my vehicle VIN was not covered in the recall and that the service will cost $516 + tax.

- Tucker, GA, USA

problem #107

Jan 242015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 91,800 miles
The same day I brought my car to my local Chevrolet dealership for an oil change and a brake light malfunction recall, I had the first occurrence of the issue. While on the highway, a chime sounded, and the information display on the dash showed power steering and service ESC. The power steering was turned off, and turning the steering wheel became extremely difficult. When I turned the car off and back on, the problem was gone. However, after driving for a few minutes, the same chime sounds, same errors come up, and power steering shuts off. This now happens every time I drive my car. I found out that there was a recall for several GM vehicles, including some 2009 Malibu, for an electric power steering (eps) issue. In the recall, the description they give matches my issue perfectly. However, my specific 2009 Malibu isn't part of the recall for some reason.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #106

Jan 022015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


I was driving at around 45mph and suddenly lost power steering assistance, making it difficult to steer, and increasing the risk of a crash. The problem persists. There have already been multiple recalls for this issue but my car is not included in these recalls.

- Nesbit, MS, USA

problem #105

Jan 232015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 125,600 miles
Power steering failed. Drove, parked, restarted and power steering returned. Went to mechanic and advised that sensor assembly needed to be replaced. Chevrolet dealer advised that car did not fall into recall N140115. I have read about many others with this problem that also do not fall into the recall time period. Possibly they need to extend the recall out if they have this many failures. By the way, I am a strong adult male and had difficulty steering without the power.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #104

Jan 122015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel was tight and extremely difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the vehicle needed to be repaired by an authorized dealer. The technician mentioned that the steering column may be defective pertaining to NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14E044000 (steering) and 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was not available.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #103

Jan 182015


  • 122,185 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 70 mph, the vehicle veered to the right and to the left. In addition, two days later, while driving at 35 mph, the failure recurred and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply excessive force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle. The power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 122,185.

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #102

Jan 142015


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering seized and the warning light illuminated when the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the steering shafts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #101

Feb 142013


  • miles
We reported last year to GM that we were without power steering, instead of fixing our car the argued with us that there hasn't been a recall on the power steering. Now we are having problems with the tracking. And the transmission has been slipping since last summer.

- Muscatine, IA, USA

problem #100

Jan 102015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
While driving down the highway with my son going at rates of 70mph. My power steering gave out and I was unable to turn wheel. Trying to find out what was wrong I found out the power steering torque sensor gave out. I contacted GM and my local dealer about incident because there has been reports of this happening on several of this year and model car. Other GM cars have put recall on the power steering, not mine. I contacted dealer because they have me a price of $500-$1200. I contacted GM they refuse to help me at all. This is a safety issue and I feel unsafe driving my own car. I purchased the sensor on my own because the dealer mark up was double of what the part cost. GM refuses to help and I am now renting a car waiting for this to be fixed to sell it. I was with my young child on the highway when it locked up. Please help!

- Whitman, MA, USA

problem #99

Jan 132015


  • 116,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 50 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was towed to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V153000 (steering) however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000. Djr

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #98

Jan 032015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
2009 Chevy Malibu when battery is on prior to starting car occasionally showed power steering and ESC and to service both. Now it has been occurring while driving and resets itself if car is shut off and also continues to occur in battery mode. VIN is not part of the recall list yet its manufacture date was within the guidelines for the recall.

- Plainwell, MI, USA

problem #97

Jan 102015


  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 50 mph, the service power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel became stiff. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included under NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering).the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 148,000.

- Melford, DE, USA

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