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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,675 miles

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #26

Feb 182014


  • 2,105 miles


While driving, the power steering abruptly ceased working and a service warning came on. There was no prior warning or problem. After pulling over, stopping the auto and a wait of 90 minutes, the problem went away. The dealer "reprogrammed and initialized power steering module, cleared code and confirmed repairs".

- Canandaigua, NY, USA

problem #25

Mar 212014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 3,380 miles
Driving alone in the car on a smooth dry road with hills at 40 - 55mph the steering would pull the car off the centerline and then stick until I pulled it back to center. Not a lot of force required to bring back on center but it continued to do it numerous times. It appeared the wander was not due to road surface conditions but something going on with the steering assembly. The sticking condition is of major concern as loss of control was a possibility because it was happening at a higher speeds on a hilly two lane road. It feels like something is allowing the assist to lighten up then something jams until a slight correction unlocks it.there is very little normal road feel through the steering when this occurs. I have driven this route a number of times before without incident and around town at low speeds it is fine.I should mention this model is the ltz with wide tires (19 inch Goodyear Eagle rsa: Horrible traction in snow but very good on dry road surface) that are inflated to the proper 35psi all around per the operators instructions. I should also mention that my previous car was a 2005 Malibu with electric steering so I am quite familiar with this type assist and that one never behaved like this. I don't know what the dealer can do for me because it has only done this once so far and appears normal once again. I am very concerned about driving this car at high speeds at this point.

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #24

Mar 092014


  • 24,254 miles
The steering continually locks up while driving on the interstate. It takes a sharp pull to get it unlocked. This could be dangerous and seems to only happy at high speeds.

- Leitchfield, KY, USA

problem #23

Aug 032013


  • 18,000 miles


When driving on the interstate the steering seems to lock up and then the car will slightly drift and then you have to pull on the steering wheel to break/ unlock the steering wheel. It makes a very jerky movement that can be unsafe.

- Leitchfield, KY, USA

problem #22

Dec 042013


  • 5,749 miles
When driving in a straight line one has to correct to keep on going straight and in doing so there is a slight bump in the steering, almost as though the steering wheel doesn't want to turn but with a little mote effort it gets over the bump.

- Brook Park, OH, USA

problem #21

Dec 022013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Erratic steering when traveling at highway speeds, when in the left lane the car will always drift towards the ditch after a few feet. When in the right lane the car will always drift into the left lane within a few feet. Also have issue with a 'lock' in the steering wheel, when driving for a couple of miles, when turning left or right, have to give steering wheel extra push to make it move, it feels like the steering wheel is locked in place. Extra push is given then I over steer into another lane and need to correct into my lane. Looks like I am swerving when this happens.

- Albertville, MN, USA

problem #20

Jan 012012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles


The car appears to have no center. Sometimes it pulls left and sometimes it pulls right. When I go to correct the issue the car doesn't respond right away, then it over corrects. The car never rides in the center anymore. I am constantly having to move the steering wheel to keep the car going straight. I feel like someone is going to report me for drunk driving or that I am going to get pulled over for it. I have taken it to the dealership twice for it and they "cannot duplicate" and tell me that it's normal for the car to drive that way because its all electric now. The car did not drive like this when I bought it less than a year ago. If it did, I would have not purchased it.

- Newburgh , IN, USA

problem #19

Jan 172014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the power steering assist became inoperable. The vehicle was able to be driven after the failure occurred. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnosis or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000...updated 03/18/14 the dealer was unable to replicate the problem. However, they were aware of the issue. Updated 03/21/14

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #18

Jan 312014


  • 5,600 miles
Steering wheel seems to lock and needs a hard pull to turn wheel, I have noticed this issue on other trips. I came home checked on line to see if this problem is something other owners experience and I see it is. This issue should be addressed for safety reasons!

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #17

Sep 112010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 8,500 miles
While driving on long straight stretches of smooth road (I.e. interstate) the steering system appears to take a "set" when making small steering corrections. This manifests as a slight bump or resistance when attempting to turn the wheel to the right. It is an intermittent problem, and never appears during periods of much steering activity (I.e. lots of turns, town driving, etc.) in my case it usually appears on long trips, and at speeds above 60 mph, on roads where very little steering input is needed. This is a common problem with Malibu as attested to by the Chevrolet owners forum. Extremely hard for dealers service to duplicate due to the intermittent nature of the problem.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #16

Nov 272013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 8,100 miles


Dead spot at dead center. Takes extra force to make very small adjustments to push through the force - making a much larger output than normal input. Feels dangerous.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #15

Jul 062013


  • 7,000 miles
When driving at highway speeds, there is a stiff or sticky spot in the steering. Steering must be pulled harder than what would be normal to right or left giving a clicky or bumpy feeling in the steering. Problem is continuous when driving at highway speeds.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 112014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 8,200 miles
While traveling primarily at interstate speeds, I notice the steering lightly "sticking" or "locking" causing the car to veer off center, mainly to the left but occasionally to the right. When I make the correction I can feel a "catch" and the steering wheel jerks in the direction of the correction. At times the problem occurs frequently and at other times infrequently.

- Campobello, SC, USA

problem #13

Jan 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
While driving stretches of straight road, the steering seems to almost lock into position. When attempting to make a very slight correction, there is resistance that must be overcome, in my case, only when turning the wheel to the right.

- North Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #12

Dec 172013


  • 9,000 miles
When driving straight (most notable at highway speeds) the steering feels stiff on center. Minor steering corrections are becoming difficult due to the resistance felt.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #11

Jan 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
While driving at interstate speeds, particularly after more than 30 minutes of continuous travel, my 2013 Chevrolet Malibu's steering becomes extremely dangerous. The car will "wander" left or right even though the steering wheel is held straight. When I attempt to correct the "wander, " the steering wheel does not react. After applying continuous pressure to the steering wheel for approximately 2 seconds, it then "gives" too much in the corrective direction. It is as if the steering response is dead and then over-correction occurs. If the wander occurs to the left first, over-correction will occur, and then the car will wander to the right, and then over-correction will occur again, etc. As a driver, it feels as if traveling in a straight line is no longer possible and a zig-zag pattern is the new straight. This over-correction of the dead steering wheel varies in level of intensity. However, there have been several occasions since initial failure that have resulted in near accidents. My local Chevrolet dealership was not able to recreate the issue (they would not drive the vehicle for 30 continuous minutes at interstate speeds of 70 mph). The dealer rotated my tires and checked alignment with no issues identified or causes for concern noted. The date of this service was 12-31-2013. This issue appears to getting worse as the mileage accumulates on my vehicle. Please address this issue. Someone could be very seriously injured or worse.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #10

Sep 202013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 13,500 miles
At different speeds the steering will have some form of a dead spot in it. This started around 13000 and I now have over 20000 miles on will attempt to go left or right and have to corrected the steering with alot more force than normal. This has occurred at highway speeds as well as in city traffic. On 2 different occasions so far in city traffic, I have almost caused wrecks from the correction. My wife and I both have experienced these dead spots every single day that we drive the car. Took it in to the dealer to try and resolve the issue. But they were unable to recreate the issue. The dealer reprogrammed the steering angle and position sensor calibration. And no change. The dealer told me the vehicle is equipped with an electric power steering system and is far more responsive to driver input. It appears to me that Chevy has a big issue with this yet will do nothing about it. On the Chevy forum we have a thread that is over 10 pages long and growing with this same issue.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #9

Sep 302013


  • 10,000 miles
In about September my steering started sticking at freeway speeds since then it is getting worse have not taken it to the dealer yet, I plan to do so a little worried with reading what issues other owners have had with the dealership. I feel this is a huge safety hazard and Chevrolet needs to look into what is causing this problem before there are several fatalities!

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #8

Dec 222013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 30,700 miles
While driving approximately 70 mph on the freeway, the steering wheel become stiff. When trying to make a steering adjustment to the right, the steering wheel become tight and had to force steering wheel to make the movement. It was like the feeling of a torque wrench reaching the required torque, then the steering wheel jerked to the right. This continued the entire time driving home for approximately 180 miles. Almost every time I was driving straight for a period of time, then had to make an adjustment to the right, this would happen.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 162013


  • 3,500 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving 55 mph or greater the steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician replaced an unknown part however, the failure persisted after the repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 3,500.

- Greebier, AR, USA

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