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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,572 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 13)

problem #242

Nov 142016

Malibu

  • 195,000 miles

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

My power steering all of the sudden has started not working. Sometimes if I tun the car off and back on it will work but it also goes out on me while I am driving down the road.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #241

Nov 212016

Malibu

  • miles
Was driving and was about to make a turn the service ecs came on and power steering started going across the screen. My steering wheel locked up and traction control light came on I almost had a wreck

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #240

Nov 132016

Malibu

  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 15 mph, the power steering failed without warning. The contact stated that it became difficult to steer the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the power steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 155,000.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #239

Nov 122016

Malibu

  • 194,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 75 mph, the vehicle experienced a loss of power steering. The power steering, traction control, and service ESC warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was pulled to the side of the road and restarted. The vehicle operated normally; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but the diagnosis was not provided. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was approximately 194,000.

- Window Rock, AZ, USA

problem #238

Nov 132016

Malibu

  • 94,830 miles
I've had three instances, two in the same day, while either standing still in park in a parking lot or in traffic on a city street and my dashboard says service ESC power steering and the traction control light stays illuminated. It becomes near impossible to steer the vehicle once this happens and has almost caused me to be in accidents each time. When I'm finally able to pull over, I have shut the car off and turned it back on after a few minutes and it resets the computer and operates regularly but on the last occasion it came back on two minutes after the reset. I've read there are recalls on other models but not on the 2009 Malibu. This is a safety concern and could potentially cause serious accidents, injuries and even death depending on when the steering goes out (slow traffic speeds vs fast highway speeds) because there isn't any type of warning.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #237

Oct 172016

Malibu

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving in reverse at 5 mph, the steering wheel failed and the ESC warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent dealer where it was determined that the steering staff torque system failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 110,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #236

Aug 282015

Malibu

  • 111,000 miles

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

Takata recall; steering column is loose(stationary, motion). Wheel bearings are bad. I took the car to a Chevrolet dealer(clemson rd.). they were not able to find an issue. Everytime I maintenanceperformed I am advised to have the ;steeting column check, rattling and loose, maybe a piece of plastic?). my second trip to the Chevrolet dealer did not allow enough time for a diagnostic. I purchased the car used from united auto sales. The wheel bearings(motion) were bad when I purchased and the dealer (united car autosales). I replaced the wheel bearings once already and have to replace again. The car is making a clapping noise and speed is impeded.

- Cayce, SC, USA

problem #235

Aug 032016

Malibu

  • 85,000 miles
ESC warning light began going off intermittently(usually when turning steering wheel to the right) at around 60,000 miles. I have taken it to the dealership and they initially recommended replacing the "sensor". the vehicle now has approximately 85,000 miles on it and the steering will become very difficult at times while driving. The dealer is now recommending complete replacement of the steering system. My vehicle has not yet been included in any steering related recalls, but there is clearly a defect with my vehicle.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #234

Dec 072015

Malibu

  • 128,000 miles
When starting car information center issues warning eps then check power steering and the steering wheel in very difficult to turn. If the car is shut off and restarted 2-3 times it will be ok. This has happened several times over the past 5 months.

- Athens, NY, USA

problem #233

Feb 222016

Malibu

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. 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 recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #232

Apr 012016

Malibu

  • 169,140 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering seized without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the torque sensor and power steering needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 169,140.

- Henderson, NC, USA

problem #231

Apr 012016

Malibu

  • miles
There is a recall. Chevy is refusing to honor because they state I'm over the mileage they set as acceptable.

- Henderson, KY, USA

problem #230

Feb 272016

Malibu

  • 111,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle in 2011. On four occasions the car has lost power steering. It happens while turning. I have to pull over, turn the engine off and back on again in order for the power steering to function. It has happened on a city street as well as while exiting the highway.

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #229

Jan 102016

Malibu

  • 182,000 miles
Driving this car loses its power steering. GM states my car is not included in recall even though they installed a defective sensor.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #228

Mar 262016

Malibu

  • 171,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the vehicle also started decelerating while the accelerator pedal was being depressed. As a result, the contact was involved in a crash but the details were not available. The contact was able to get the vehicle pulled to the side of the road and shut it down. The vehicle became difficult to restart. The vehicle was driven a little further and the failure recurred. The vehicle was shut off and would not restart. The vehicle was towed. The vehicle was side swiped by another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. There was no police report filed. There were no injuries sustained. The vehicle was not destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 171,000.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #227

Mar 262016

Malibu

  • 185,000 miles
Power steering loss randomly, Chevy will fix some models but not all. Mine was covered in a special warranty but due to mileage its no longer covered. Not fair, repair is expensive and some other models have a lifetime warranty with the same problem.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #226

Mar 052016

Malibu

  • miles
Twice I have been stopped and go to turn the wheel and it won't budge. I have had to shut the car off and let it sit for a minute before it will work again. My steering is also very stiff when turning to the left, but loose when turning to the right. My power steering fluid is fine. My VIN doesn't show up on the steering recall list.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #225

Mar 022016

Malibu

  • 160,000 miles
My power steering went out and all Chevy deaslerships are saying my VIN isnt apart of the recall so I'd have to pay $1300 to get it fixed. This issue can cause crashes, ive had alost 6 accidents since the power steering went out

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #224

Feb 192016

Malibu

  • 128,000 miles
When driving the power steering and ESC turns off randomly

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #223

Feb 162016

Malibu

  • 170,000 miles
Had a power steering malfunction at 45 mph coming off of the highway onto an onramp that nearly caused an accident. Power steering went out and service ESC light came on. I'm 6 foot 6, 260 lbs. A smaller person would not have been able to control the vehicle at this speed. This morning, I started the car and the power steering was out. I shut down the engine and started it again and the power steering worked. I am afraid to drive it in fear of the safety of my children.

- Mt. Zion, IL, USA

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