Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,036 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Chevrolet Traverse steering problems

steering problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2009 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Comments (Page 4 of 11)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #141

Jul 062014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


Driving on country road when a deer ran onto the road, tried to steer around it and was unable to steer, thus striking deer on front passenger side. Have had several near misses in parking lots because of loss of power steering. Have checked power steering fluid levels and that is not the problem as it has always been at the recommended level.

- Rushford, MN, USA

problem #140

Jul 012014


  • 123,000 miles
Power steering cut out at low speeds -- intermittent. Worked some days and other times it wouldn't had pump replaced.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #139

Jan 032014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The power steering on my 2009 Chevy Traverse does not work at low speeds (15 mph or less). Pulling into parking spaces is a major issue as it reverts to manual steering or no steering. It became an issue in January, but was not as reproducible. Now any time at low speeds there is no power steering. GM want to charge 1300 to fix, but based on other complaints, the work they want does not solve their issue. With GM's track record of hiding the truth and the number of people reporting the same issue, this should be taken seriously. I understand GM's stance that it is only an inconvenience when parking, but I would like assurances that it won't start to fail at 20mph or higher.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #138

Jun 022014


  • 60,000 miles


Noticed a couple of months ago hard time turning the wheel when turning into parking spots. Has gotten worse over time now it's hard to turn when making a U turn. Even once turning at a light it went out. Also when backing into our driveway it gets stiff but as soon as I put the car in park the wheel turns fine.. I have seen there are lots of complaints on this.

- Fort Benning , GA, USA

problem #137

Jul 072014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
When driving at low speeds, between 15 - 25 mph, the power steering goes out and becomes difficult to almost impossible to steer. We have had several near misses while entering traffic. This happens randomly and we never know when it will occur. We took the vehicle to the dealership, and they believe it to be the rack and pinion steering, but they were unable to rectify the problem.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #136

Aug 142013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Traverse. While turning the vehicle at 20 mph, the power steering failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Hot Springs , AR, USA

problem #135

Jun 252014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles


The steering my 2009 Chevy Traverse has become difficult to handle when slowing down, while making left or right turns. The steering wheel becomes very stiff, and causes my turns to be wider than expected. I have had situations where I have had "near misses", because the lack of response of the power steering. When the car is moving at speeds of the less the approximately 10mph, the steering becomes almost impossible to handle. When the car is idle, the steering wheel will not turn with considerable amount effort. I have taken the car for service, the rack and pinion were replaced/fixed. I am still experiencing the issue, and have concerns over potential accidents if this is improved.

- Freeport, NY, USA

problem #134

Jul 182014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • miles
I noticed while trying to make right turns the power steering begins to go out. I thought it was just that one time, but then felt it while driving on the highway. I drive with my daughter a lot and want to make long distance drives but I'm very hesitant because of this issue. Like the other customer stated the dealers are saying there are no recalls out about this issue.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #133

May 072014


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while turning at low speeds, the vehicle became difficult to steer. The contact mentioned that the failure was experienced multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Galion, OH, USA

problem #132

Jul 032013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
When parking it feels like power steering goes out. It is very hard to turn in or out of the parking stall. This usually only happened to my wife and I when we are parking or attempting to make a U-turn after a short time it seems to start working.

- Brawley, CA, USA

problem #131

Jul 192014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 97,650 miles


On the listed date, I was driving the listed vehicle. I was being accompanied by my wife and our three children. As I attempted to make a right turn onto a street, my power steering went out, and I nearly struck a vehicle. I thought I lost power, but then my power steering kicked in and I was able to correct my lane of travel. This occurred half a dozen times. My wife experienced the same thing right before I drove, and I wanted to see first hand what she was referring to. When I drove on the highway (60mph), I could feel the power steering wanting to go out. I felt the steering wheel get hard just for a split second, but it never when out. I called GMC, and they advised they haven't recalled any power steering parts. My concern is that my family could have sustained serious injury or could have been fatal.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #130

Jul 112014


  • 100,400 miles
2009 Chevrolet Traverse suddenly lost power steering when it reduced speed to turn on to highway on ramp. Stopped at the earliest opportunity to check power steering fluid. Topped off fluid but continued to have problem with random loss of power steering. Problem occurs now anytime that vehicle is not accelerating.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #129

Jul 092014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 69,200 miles
My wife drives this vehicle more than I do. She first mentioned the issue and I was thinking she was over reacting. When I drove the Traverse, I went to back it into the garage and the wheel nearly froze up. I had to crank the wheel to get it to turn and there was a vehicle coming up on me. I finally got it straight and backed into the garage. This happens every time we park now or navigating parking lots at slow speeds. I began researching online in forums and found many others having the same issue. They have been paying so much to have parts replaced and not be the issue that I am hesitant to take my vehicle into a dealer. If Chevrolet knows about this something needs to be done. I can't afford $3000 or more to fix this vehicle that is breaking way before it should be.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #128

Apr 222014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
While taking corners at low speeds the power steering will suddenly cut out. It does not happen all the time. I have had mechanics inspect the vehicle and they cannot diagnose the problem. This is a major issue that needs to be dealt with immediately. I have called Chevrolet's help line only to tell me that each case is different and I need to pay to have their mechanic look at it again. While on hold with Chevrolet, a message was told to me that letters have been placed in the mail regarding the loss of power steering! I asked the representative and that recall does not involve the Traverse. My mechanic said this has been a very common issue with these vehicles.

- Parma, MI, USA

problem #127

Dec 152013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
While slowing to make a turn, the power steer stopped working. It has happened intermittently ever since, even when trying to park the vehicle...07/02/14

- Fort Meyers, FM, USA

problem #126

Jun 012014


  • 105,000 miles
Turning the steering wheel is sometimes very stiff and difficult. Fear of an accident occurring due to this issue. Had a Chevrolet dealership look at the vehicle during an airbag recall fix. No apparent problems could be detected by technicians. Searched internet and found this to be a popular problem with this vehicle.

- Selinsgrove, PA, USA

problem #125

Jun 222014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
The power steering failed on our 2009 Traverse at low speeds while parking the vehicle. This type of power steering failure has happened before. We had the rack and pinion replaced (6 months ago) and the power steering fluid upgraded with limited success. The Traverse feels like it has no power steering and it is difficult to turn. We have had the Traverse checked at the dealership numerous times and finally paid a lot of $$$ to have the rack and pinion replaced. It did not solve the problem. This is a serious safety issue. It would be impossible to avoid an accident by turning the vehicle. Your only options are to stop and "man handle" the Traverse into position. An elderly person or a smaller person would not be able to control the vehicle at all. I am taking the Traverse back to the dealership. This is an on-going issue for the past 3-4 years. There are a lot of similar complaints on the NHTSA website. GM has re-designed the newer Traverse/encore/acadia steering systems, so they know a problem exists. One day someone will get killed from this steering problem and everyone will wonder why a recall wasn't issued. Some type of action needs to take place with this problem. I can afford (barely) to keep shelling out thousands for repairs, but what about those people who can's? they bought a $35-$45,000 vehicle from GM and it is not safe. Now they can't afford to sell/trade it and they might not be able to afford to fix it. Action needs to be taken to fix this problem.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #124

Mar 102014


  • 99,500 miles
Power steering goes out intermittently at low speeds - sharp turns pulling into parking spots, pulling out of parking spots into traffic, etc.. there are numerous reports of this on the Chevy Traverse forum indicating this is a known issue and that changes have been made to the 2014 model. Dangerous if failing while pulling out into traffic.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #123

May 012014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • miles
Power steering fails randomly and for no reason multiple times. Called GM and they had no response, said that there was no information that they could provide me other to say that there is not an open recall on my VIN for this, and basically refused to even make a record or note of the concerns so that it could be tracked to confirm that this is an issue for this vehicle.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #122

Jun 252014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
On three separate occasions the power steering has failed on the car. It has happened more noticeably during rain but at various speeds. The car was taken to the dealer after all occasions. The first time, the dealer said nothing was wrong. The second time dealer stated that the belt got wet. The third time we got irate with the dealer because this is an ongoing safety issue with our family car. The warranty was expired by the 3rd occasion, but dealer finally (after 2 days of arguing with them) replaced the steering pump, belts and pulley to correct issue. This issue needs to be made a recall issue because it seems to be very common with this make and model year. According to [xxx], vice president of global vehicle safety at GM "with these safety recalls and lifetime warranties, we are going after every car that might have this problem, and we are going to make it right??. our issue is that the dealers nor the customer service at GM seem to want to make it right if the car is not on the list of current recalls. I guess they don't care until there are enough deaths involved. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Falling Waters, WV, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?