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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,668 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 5 of 9)

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problem #98

Feb 022015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles

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

Power steering failure, vehicle became impossible to control.

- Bedford , TX, USA

problem #97

Feb 012015

Malibu

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was turned off and restarted. The dealer stated that the torque center needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Detroit, MN, USA

problem #96

Jan 142015

Malibu

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the torque input sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #95

Dec 172014

Malibu

  • 59,700 miles

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

While driving, the electronic power steering went out, making it unable to steer the car. The steering torque sensor was replaced at a cost of $400. Our 2004 Chevy Malibu had the exact thing happen to it. It was covered by a GM recall. However with the 2010, there hasn't been a recall. There should be a recall. This was a dangerous, life-threatening situation.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #94

Dec 142014

Malibu

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph, the traction control warning light illuminated and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Waldorf , MD, USA

problem #93

Jan 192015

Malibu

  • 171,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering warning lamp illuminated and the vehicle stalled with no warning several times. Also, the contact stated that the rear break light illuminated frequently when the brake pedal was not applied. The contact had to tap the brake pedal to get the light to turn off. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14E044000 (steering) and 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 171,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #92

Dec 052014

Malibu

  • 82,000 miles

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

Power steering has failed. While driving approx. 15 miles per hour power steering warning comes up and anti-traction light came on at that point the steering wheel jerks to the left and hit the curb. Turned car off and back on to try and reset. This process works sometimes but not reset every time you do this we have to do it multiple times to keep going. This is a highly dangerous situation and I can see that the 2010 Malibu has had enough issues to get GM to add this car to the recall from 2008 and 2009 Malibu's.

- Saint Cloud, WI, USA

problem #91

Jan 192015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Was turning left when it suddenly became slightly harder to steer. The dash started beeping and the notification "power steering" came up. Power steering turned back on after the turn.

- Constantine, MI, USA

problem #90

Jan 172015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 160,200 miles
On 17 January 2015 I was driving home down a somewhat winding road and all of a sudden the power steering on my vehicle failed coming into a turn almost causing me to go into a ditch. The failure was sudden and I had to apply my brakes to avoid driving off the road. I have read around on forums and though many of the recalls for other models and same models of different years that have a similar steering setup. I believe it is the Malibu of the model year 04, 05, 06, 08, and 09 that are covered by the recall whereas my vehicle is a 2010 which is not covered.

- Gloucester, VA, USA

problem #89

Jan 142015

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the power steering malfunctioned as the power steering warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the electrical power steering control module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Keatchie, LA, USA

problem #88

Dec 012014

Malibu

  • 96,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While making a left turn between 30-40 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the bearings in the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #87

Jan 012014

Malibu

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. In addition, the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering assist motor and the wiring harness in the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 109,000.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #86

Dec 192014

Malibu

  • 181,000 miles
I had a loss of power steering "service ESC" light also came on. Car was completely manual steering at that point, extremely hard to control. Same problem with the steering described in the recall 14E044. Also, part made by the same company that the recall involved. I purchased a new power steering sensor and had it installed by a certified mechanic. The power steering still did not operate properly, but this time when the car was turned on, the steering wheel would turn all the way to the right, on its own. When I brought it back to the dealer, they said that the warranty was voided on the product. I have been told by several GM service departments that this is a faulty part and that often times several have to be installed before you find one that works. Also, I was not provided a written warranty from the dealership for the part, but the parts department told that there was a warranty on it. However, no details as to stipulations were provided. I am under the impression that GM and dealerships are aware of this defective part and instead of addressing the issue, they are trying to put the responsibility off on the car owner. The dealership was dishonest in its practices in dealing with this defective part.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #85

Mar 302014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 46,845 miles
Power steering failed while pulling out into traffic. Driving approximately 10 mph pulling onto a highway the steering cut out and the warning light illuminated. In order to avoid being struck by oncoming traffic, the vehicle had to be backed up down the street still unable to turn, and struck a light pole. No damage to vehicle other than rear fender popped out of place. Upon restarting the vehicle all functions were normal and warning light was off. Car was taken to dealer where it was test driven and scanned for codes- no problems found. This is a recall issue in the 2008-2009 Malibu, but 2010 models are not included even though they use the same parts. (GM's recall #14V15300).

- Croydon, PA, USA

problem #84

Jan 012014

Malibu

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel was vibrating and it was unable to be turned in either direction. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14E044000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #83

Dec 082014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Northpoint, NY, USA

problem #82

Dec 142014

Malibu

  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while reversing at 5 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was restarted and functioned as normal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 126,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #81

Jun 242014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 84,820 miles
The traction control light comes on and stays on when I shut off the car it goes out, also my brake light stays on also when im going around a corner the car pulls to the left and it feels like its floating almost I brought it in ad they said it was separation, I just put new tires on it and it isn't right, also my electrical something is wrong the radio light will blink of then come on and go dim, there is also a almost grinding noise coming from thefront right tire, I paid alot of money for this car and I wish I would have got something different there seems to be alot wrong with it, I brought it in on warranty and they fixed brake light and that's it, and then they charged me for a loaner car, {friendlychev}178.00.how can I be charged for a loaner car, and they didn't fix anything else when it wasunder warranty, I got scammed !!!!

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #80

Oct 132012

Malibu

  • 23,000 miles
My 2010 Chevy Malibu loses power steering at low rates of speed when the steering wheel is moved in either direction. This has put my family in dangers way on multiple occasions. GM/Chevy recently had a recall to fix the issue I am having however they will not cover the 2010 model under the recall. The 2008-2012 models of the Chevy Malibu use the same electronic steering parts however GM feels they only need to recall the 2008 and 2009 models. This is urgent that this be addressed with GM and is a matter of public safety. I also will be writing my local and state regulators in the hopes that this may save lives and document my complaints. Please see GM recall below. Again this does not cover the 2010 model even though it uses the same parts! this has been independently verified by 2 certified GM mechanics as well as 2 local mechanics. If we lose one more life because of GM's careless actions then our system does not work. I can be reach directly by email or at 734-812-6883. Please help. If power steering assist is lost, a message displays on the driver information center and a chime sounds to inform the driver. Steering control can be maintained because the vehicle will revert to manual steering, but greater driver effort would be required at low vehicle speeds, which could increase the risk of a crash. Models subject to safety recall are the: Chevrolet Malibu: All model year 2004 and 2005, and some model year 2006 and model year 2008 and 2009 vehicles service parts installed into certain vehicles before May 31, 2010 under a previous safety recall depending on the vehicle, GM will replace free of charge either the power steering motor, the steering column, the power steering motor control unit or a combination of the steering column and the power steering motor control unit.

- Plymouth , MI, USA

problem #79

Aug 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 125,861 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the power steering warning light illuminated and excessive force was required to turn the steering wheel. The contact turned the vehicle off and restarted but the failure persisted. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the input torque sensor failed and the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified of the failure. The contact was made aware that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The approximate failure mileage was 125,861.

- Hopkinsville, KY, USA

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