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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

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 8 of 12)

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problem #96

Dec 162014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 180,000 miles


Loss of electric power steering assist. Has happened literally dozens of times. Can be driving or at a stop and the power steering assist will go away, the dash will chime, and messages will be displayed saying "power steering", "service ESC", and "ESC off". after that point there will be no steering assist until the vehicle is restarted. Seems to be the same symptoms as cars affected by the power steering recall, however my VIN shows that my car is not part of the recall.

- Phillips, NE, USA

problem #95

Jan 092015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel became stiff and failed to turn without warning. The vehicle was restarted and functioned as normal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Drummonds, TN, USA

problem #94

Jan 072015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Driving vehicle around a curve when ESC light came on and lost power steering. Parked car over night and waited for dealership to open. After research, realized the vehicle has a recall number of 14V252 which may root of the problem. When I turned on the vehicle to take to the dealer, the light was off and power steering returned. While driving to the dealer, light came on and lost power steering again.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #93

Oct 242014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


I was pulling out of a parking lot and my power steering light came on along with a chiming sound. My steering wheel locked up and I couldn't turn the wheel. The same thing happened again about a month later and a third time about another month after that. I have read that there are recalls for the power steering for other 2009 Chevy Malibu but for some reason there is no recall with my car's VIN number. I drive on the highways a lot and I am a bit nervous to drive now.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #92

Jan 012014


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel seized and excessive force was required to steer the vehicle. The engine and electrical power steering warning lights illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The dealer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that there was a recall related to the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #91

Apr 222014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 202,733 miles
Power steering failed on freeway at 65 mph just as listed on a GM recall for this exact make and model. My VIN was not included in the recall but it had the exact same failure. GM will do nothing since my specific VIN is not listed.

- The Dalles, OR, USA

problem #90

Nov 042014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


So far, I have lost power steering 3 times while driving. This is the exact issue for which the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu has already been recalled. However, my 2009 was manufactured in a month not covered by the current recall. This is an extremely dangerous defect as it can result in an accident or loss of life.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #89

Nov 272014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and it became difficult to steer the vehicle. The contact was able to continue driving at a lower speed. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer had been notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #88

Nov 122014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 98,500 miles
Twice in past 5 days while traveling at slow speed, the power steering went out completely - very dangerous. Turned off ignition and restarted engine and it was fine again.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #87

Nov 032014


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. In addition, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #86

Nov 152014


  • 103,000 miles


Power steering went out and on the digital display it stated power steering failed contact dealer immediately.

- Little Elm, TX, USA

problem #85

Nov 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 67,700 miles
I had just left the expressway and was waiting to enter traffic. When it cleared I started up and lost power steering. This also happened two days before on 11-12-2014. The first incident was this last February. I called Chevrolet and they said that my VIN. Number did not show up on the recall for loss of electronic power steering but yet I see that 2008 to 2009 Malibu are under this recall. This information is clearly on your web site. I am aware that my vehicle could very well have had a faulty power steering unit installed. I feel that this is a hazard. The problem is the same as listed for the recall.

- Charlotte, MI, USA

problem #84

Nov 032014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I pulled into a parking lot and my power steering stopped working. I could barely turn the wheel. The car did not stall, the power steering just stopped working. I managed to pull into a parking space and turned the car off. When I started the car the power steering started working again. All I could think of was - what if it happened on the thruway! I took it to my dealer and they had to replace the torque sensor. I don't understand why my son's 2004 Chevy Malibu would have a recall on the power steering but the 2009 didn't"??? the same thing happened to each of us. Please help so that I can get my $438 refunded.?" and so that someone doesn't get hurt or worse! thank you.

- Allegany, NY, USA

problem #83

Nov 112014


  • 156,000 miles
As I was driving down the street my steering wheel locked up and I was unable to move it to safely pull over to the side of the street. I just had to stop in the middle of the street and turn my car off and then back on. It then reset it and I was able to drive again. The "service ESC" light came on and then "power steering" light came on. This is not the first time this has happened. It has happened before right in the middle of an intersection. Where again I had to turn my car off and stop traffic and then turn it back on. I believe this could pose a serious safety issue. When your vehicle to stops because you cannot steer another vehicle can easily hit you and cause a severe accident. There should be a recall on this since it seems to affect a number of 2009 Malibu's that I see all over forums and blogs.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #82

Oct 072014


  • 59,000 miles
My 14-yr old daughter was driving our 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and all of a sudden the steering locked up and she was unable to turn the wheel (talk about a scary moment for a young driver and not to mention me). There were chimes and a message that displayed a steering failure. We stopped the car, shut it off then back on and the steering was back to 'normal'. I reviewed the recalls on this make & model and I see that there are a number of GM vehicles that are experiencing this same issue. We took our car to the dealer we purchased it through and he said the vehicle did show a code for the failure but our VIN was not included in the recalls. The service manager then tells me it will be approx. $600 to replace the entire steering column. I mentioned & showed him the bulletins that have been posted regarding this issue but he said sorry, your car is not listed and it will be $600 to fix. I left very disappointed to say the least. Then earlier today, my wife called and said this issue happened to her for the 1st time so now I'm angry. GM knows they have an issue as you can see with all the service bulletins posted on this but they don't seen to care. I really hope GM understands how important it is to be able to steer your vehicle properly. GM, be a reputable company and take care of this issue. If you care about the consumer, do the right thing and ensure your vehicles are safe to drive.

- Peosta, IA, USA

problem #81

Nov 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 12,310 miles
Turning out of a shopping center parking lot the power steering stopped working.

- Franklin, MI, USA

problem #80

Jan 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 115,590 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering failed and the vehicle stalled. The contact indicated that the steering wheel had become tight and extremely difficult to turn. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road where the vehicle was restarted after several attempts. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician diagnosed that the steering column and the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop who replaced the steering column. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,590. Updated 12/22/14 updated 9/28/2015

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #79

Oct 272014


  • 81,001 miles
I had pulled into the gas station, and my gas cap is on the passenger side. The only available pump that was open, in order for me to use it I had to pull up and reverse to get on the side of the pump to which I can fill gas on. As I was turning my wheel back into place, the steering wheel itself got stuck and seemed really hard to turn. As I tried to move my car, I got an error on my driver information center that my electric power steering had gone out. I presumed to panic, as I have not been in this situation before. I than turned off the vehicle and turned it back on and the power steering was back. I have heard that there have been recalls on this part for the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu's, so I had taken it to the dealership, only to be told that there is no recall and that I have to replace my steering column and pay for it completely out of pocket. I was really hoping that General Motors would be able to cover this under some sort of warranty fix, but I am just being turned away left and right and being told all I can do is pay out of pocket which this particular part and labor would cost me $1000. They are only basically telling me the highway or no way, and I feel very unsafe driving this vehicle. What I do not understand is that with these cars being recalled with this issue, and I am being told that my car does not qualify for the recall when I am having that exact issue for the recall. I am just really hoping to find someone that will be willing to help me get this covered under the recall warranty seeing as it is the issue of the recall being placed. I do not feel safe driving my vehicle while I have to wait 24 to 48 hours to see if I get a response from General Motors to see if they will help me on this issue. All I am asking is that someone please, please help me on this issue.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #78

Dec 192012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 60 mph, a chime sounded and there was a loss of power steering. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where the engine was turned off. After restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The failure occurred numerous times. On a separate occasion, the steering wheel moved independently for a few seconds when the vehicle was at a complete stop. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000....updated 11/17/14

- Union Beach , NJ, USA

problem #77

Jan 172014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Exiting an off ramp at aprx. 15-20 miles per hour, my power steering went. I pulled off the side of the road and turned the car off to call my husband. Power steering back on. Drove to my destination. On the way hone, it went again. This happened several other times throughout the month. Took it to the dealer who replaced the power steering. Other Malibu have been recalled for this purpose, but not mine.

- Spencerport, NY, USA

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