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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,501 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 8 of 9)

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problem #30

Feb 052014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 89,700 miles


While driving the service ESC light came on and my vehicle lost all power steering. I pulled over, turned car off and back on again, power steering came back to normal and lights went off only to come back on and lost power steering again. Now I can hear a clicking noise coming from the steering column and the steering wheel is jerking. I will be contacting GM about this as I see this is happening to several 2010 Chevy Malibu owners. I have contacted the dealer who I purchased the vehicle from to no avail. Not good!

- Northville, NY, USA

problem #29

Feb 052014


  • 95,000 miles
Our 2010 Malibu started having the power steering light coming on while the vehicle is moving. Afraid we will loose power and not be able to handle the car.

- Montrose, MI, USA

problem #28

Jan 252014


  • 140,000 miles
The power steering sensor is bad and to repair it they say the entire steering column has to be replaced. This is my daughters car and would be bad if the power steering went out while she was driving. So far the steering has only failed when she started the car. This has happened two times in three days.

- Pratt, KS, USA

problem #27

Jan 242014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 89,500 miles


Traveling approx 40mph, ESC sensor went off and power steering went out as I was beginning a right hand turn. Turned off the car at the next stop light and restarted, service ESC light and power steering were back to normal. Continued to have the intermittent issue throughout the next few days to now where it stays on. Car is still functional, but turning is extremely difficult and would be near impossible for some people. GM service is $900 for a new power steering motor + labor. I generally am willing to pay to get service, but electronic power steering has been an issue for many years and many models of GM vehicles. This is something that should be warrantied/recalled outside of bumper to bumper as it is a serious safety issue if it were to go off and be the cause of any accident. As far as I can tell, it has warrantied in the past based on the Malibu forum information (2008 and previous).

- South Elgin, IL, USA

problem #26

Jan 122014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 31,240 miles
We were driving on our way home from church my wife and I at 45 mph when we lost the power steering immediately without notice.the ESC light came on. It was a miracle I was able to control the vehicle at the rate of speed that we were going considering I am a 65 year old diabetic. Thank you jesus!

- Clawson, MI, USA

problem #25

Dec 302013


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel failed without warning while driving 70 mph and the steering wheel had to be turned with force. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where a diagnostic was performed but to no avail. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 110,000.

- Orlando, TN, USA

problem #24

Jan 052014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles


I was traveling approx. 30-35 mph, the roads were wet and slushy from a recent snow storm. Suddenly I lost all power to did not stall, I was just unable to steer. I attempted to pull off the road and because I was unable to steer correctly....I went into the snow. I suffer from a neuro-muscular disease (ms) so I have limited ability to control the car without power steering. I proceeded to turn off the car, when I restarted it, the fault message on the dash disappeared and the power steering returned. I was able to back the car out and continue to a safe place to park. Today I put a call into the dealer who sold me the car to see if their had been some sort of recall on the power-steering components. My next call tomorrow will be to Chevy. I live in a snowy part of the country and I find this very dangerous and potentially could cause a serious accident. I checked the internet and I see many others who had the same problem. I don't know how to have this repaired as I am living on a limited security. If so many people had the same problem, why hasn't Chevrolet recalled these cars to make necessary changes so that this does not happen to others. While I am the primary driver of this was bought for me by my boyfriend. The name on the registration is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #23

Aug 042013


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering assist warning lamp would illuminate sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection however, the technician was unable to diagnose the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 03/05/14

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #22

Nov 272013


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. The contact shut the engine off momentarily however, the failure recurred once restarted. The failure was recurring. In addition, the contact stated that the sunroof would leak whenever it rained. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the technician was unable to diagnose the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #21

Nov 272013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 72,440 miles
I was driving 60mph on the highway as I was exiting the highway I came to a redlight and made a complete stop. As I was ready to make a right turn the steering wheel stiffened, power steering message displayed on my dash and then the steering wheel would not turn without making a strong effort with my two hands to turn it. There was a line of cars behind me. I checked online and this website and this seems to be a common issue with my model and year vehicle.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #20

Nov 272013


  • 72,440 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while attempting a turn, there was a sudden loss of power steering with the illumination of the warning indicator. The steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 72,440.

- Oklahoma City , OK, USA

problem #19

Nov 242013


  • 53,896 miles
While driving on the highway, my car lost power. Several vehicles almost struck me on highway, very very, scary experience.. during driving, following messages appeared: 1)eng pwr reduced 2)service ESC 3)service traction 4)ESC off 5) service airbag. I also noticed the car shuddered extremely bad. The rear brake lights illuminated while I was not compressing the brake, and I had no acceleration. After pulling to the side of the road, the brake lights turned off. The RPM jumped between 3000-4000. After turning the car off and letting it sit for approx 5 min. The warning messages disappeared, however ses light remained. 2 codes presented today. 1)C0242 2)P2135. Will be contacting customer care, and taking car to dealer tomorrow. Extremely unsafe driving conditions. Not alone, many people have same issue. Car still randomly illuminating for service airbag.

- Metheun, MA, USA

problem #18

Sep 172013


  • 45,678 miles
Car steering wheel locked up while driving would not turn left or right. Turn switch off an on appear to get it going for a while. Now continue to do so. Cannot drive the vehicle.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #17

Aug 122013


  • 60,500 miles
I was driving and my car went into a skid for no reason this had happend more then once there was dashlights that would come on one was the ESC and tcs but they would go back off right away. I took the car to the dealership they said there was no codes. But they think the engine went into limp mode they relearned the power steering sensor. So I pick up my car but not haveing my car more then 10 min all lights came back on and stayed on I call the dealership back and told them. So I took the car back in on 8/21/13 this time they found a code and replaced the steering column. I think this is a big safety issues.for a car to go skidding and locking up.

- Edgewood , NM, USA

problem #16

Jun 262013


  • 20,000 miles
On numerous occasions since I got this car in 2010, the steering wheel has become very difficult, if not impossible at times, to turn when parallel parking. When the steering wheel is in extreme rotation, it becomes very rigid and difficult to turn, making it almost impossible to get into and out of a parallel parking spot. Moreover, once the vehicle is out of the spot and on the road again, it takes several miles before the steering wheel is back to "normal." I took it to the dealership and the service department was able to duplicate the problem, but told me no parts would be replaced due to the fact that nothing was per SE "defective." This notwithstanding, I continue to have this problem every other time I parallel park and have to turn the steering wheel in an extreme rotation.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #15

Mar 152013


  • 64,965 miles
I purchased the vehicle in July of 2011 and had noticed a few times during winter that when I turned the steering wheel, sometimes the headlights would dim and the heater fan would suddenly slow down. Nothing really ever happened to make me think there was a serious issue. I would notice it would happen intermittently through out the next several months. Early in March, 2013, I had noticed as I was backing out of my driveway to go to work, the steering wheel would become much more difficult to turn and there would be a message on the dash that just read power steering. This would only last for a brief moment, and then it would go away and the steering would be fine. I thought it was from the cold weather. On Friday, March 15, I had stopped at a few different places, was having no issues that I could tell. I got into my car to leave the last stop, started the car and began to back out of the parking lot. I didn't see a message at first and it felt like I had a flat tire. About 5 seconds later there were 4 dings and the dash said power steering again and the steering wheel was very sluggish. I'd been half expecting it to start working again, but after speaking with a rep at an auto parts store, they told me it sounded like the electronic assist motor on the rack-and-pinion had shorted, causing a fuse to blow which was something GM had already put a recall out for other vehicles, except my model year. I spoke with the dealer and they told me that the only recall that was out on the car at the moment was an issue with the gear shift indicator and I will be taking care of that soon. They want me to take it in for diagnostics to see what GM will cover for repairs, but honestly I don't think I should be liable for a problem that GM didn't fix right the first time.

- Neenah, WI, USA

problem #14

Sep 132012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
The rack and pinion on drivers side end rattles at slow speed. I have tried 3 different brand front brakes and all have squeaked, the transmission cooler line started leaking.the car has 69,000 on it as of now 1/26/2013. Dealer want fix any of the problem under the drive train warranty. Also has cold start engine knock.

- Sparta, TN, USA

problem #13

Jul 012011


  • miles
The contact owns a owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver while driving at all speeds. The steering wheel would not seize, but it would take excessive force to turn. The contact also stated that the steering wheel would not easily return back to its centered position after completing turns. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on numerous occasions, but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #12

Oct 162011


  • 43,700 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle would pull toward the left while driving at various speeds and loud banging noises could be heard coming from the front end. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 43,700.

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #11

Oct 302011


  • 202,100 miles
I drive for a taxi company that extensively uses the 7th generation Chevy Malibu (2008+). a well known defect around here involves the power steering sensor, which can without warning stop operating and make steering impossible. This has been known to happen most often when odometer mileage is 150K+. vehicle must be restarted to regain full steering operation. Steering can resume normal operation without a repeat of the error, or the fault can be repeated almost immediately. It is an intermittent and random problem. I believe my company has not yet reported this, but I personally don't fancy getting myself and potentially my customers into a life threatening situation. I would appreciate an official look into high mileage Malibu, especially those in a commercial capacity.

- Henderson, NV, USA

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