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CarComplaints.com Notes: There are a fair-number of power steering related complaints which is a continuation of problems from the previous model year. Considering the problem tends to happen beyond the standard warranty (73k+) it's best to avoid this vehicle or at least be prepared for the $1,300+ repair.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,645 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Traverse steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #116

Nov 122016

Traverse

  • 80,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. While driving approximately 10 mph, the engine warning indicator illuminated and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering pump failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. In addition, the engine warning indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the timing chain needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000.

- Cos Cob, CT, USA

problem #115

Aug 232016

Traverse

  • 93,000 miles
2011 Chevrolet Traverse rack and pinion leak and timing belt light came on. Car is well maintained, driven easy and has only 93000 miles on it. GM says it is not covered...

- Charles City, VA, USA

problem #114

Jul 212016

Traverse

  • 81,881 miles
Power steering rack found leaking during nysi. I feel rack should be covered under extended warranty. This is an outrageous price to pay for a vehicle that was just in for an inspection with nothing else wrong.

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #113

Jan 092016

Traverse

  • 80,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while turning at approximately 10 mph, the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver as an abnormal squealing sound emitted. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred intermittently without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Lumberton, NJ, USA

problem #112

Jun 032016

Traverse

  • miles
I took my car to the dealership for power steering issue. The dealer diagnosed the power steering issue and was covered under a "special policy". when I pick up my vehicle the steering wheel was loose. My husband called the dealer and we took the car back. They aligned the vehicle. Still same issue. After over a week the dealer said it was the "gear" or "wrack". there is a special amendment to the special policy but, apparently my car didn't qualify. Not sure why? my car is well maintained and taken care of. This is a none issue with GM and we are currently fighting with them that they should take care of the gear. GM writes special policies for the cheap repairs but, when it comes to a major issue that was no fault of mine they want to charge me an arm and a leg. I find it ridiculous that consumers can be treated in this way. I have started writing my complaints since trying to deal with GM has become unreasonable. Be careful out there! kerri wilkerson P.S. if anyone is interested in the special policy number and amendment please contact me. I have numbers to call also. :)

- Morning Sun, IA, USA

problem #111

Jun 162016

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. While driving approximately 10 mph, a loud sound emitted from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the rack and pinion and the power steering pump failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact mentioned that the rack and pinion was previously replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,000. Updated 08/29/16 updated 08/30/16.

- Alberquerque, NM, USA

problem #110

Feb 062016

Traverse

  • miles

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

We have many issues with our family car 2011 Traverse one being our power steering whining noise and it get really loud that we are having our 2nd issue in less then 4 months. We are just finding out they put a remanufactured part and master cylinder leaking into booster.. I drive with extreme care daily..

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #109

Apr 052016

Traverse

  • 77,000 miles
At 76,000 miles I have noticed that when I turn left with my steering wheel that it makes a revved up whining noise. Since I have had the car at 54,961 from 1 1/2 years ago, I have fixed the heating system (800), wheeling bearing (290) and now a steering problem. I have owned a Chevrolet for a long time but this is a piece of junk. I am sickened to think that an american company such as Chevrolet has no intentions to fix a problem that is very prevalent in these cars. Maybe a couple of deaths and some lawsuits will wake you up! I will no longer purchase a Chevy/GMC product based on this experience. $1500 to fix something I still owe money on>>>bull crap >>btw I don't have the funds to fix this problem>> thanks

- Broadway, VA, USA

problem #108

Mar 012016

Traverse

  • 13,601 miles
(takata)2011 Chevy Traverse when I drive in the rain I lose all steering in the rain also I have a lot of play in the steering I can turn the wheel with one finger and this is a safety hazard and the car drifts from left to right on the highway my family is very scared to get in this car and all these problems happen when I'm in motion on I-95 highway

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #107

Mar 162016

Traverse

  • miles
GM dealership service department found "whining" noise caused by power steering leak. Replaced power steering gear at a cost of $1781. A "service bulletin" was issued by GM regarding this issue in 2014. It promised reimbursement for this repair for 10 years from date car was placed into service, but only until September 2015. Clearly, this is a known defect in the Traverse.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #106

Feb 152016

Traverse

  • 60,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. While steering the vehicle at various speeds, the steering wheel made an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering rack leaked and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. The VIN was not available.

- Georgetown, MA, USA

problem #105

Mar 252015

Traverse

  • 49,782 miles
My vehicle's power steering failed, GM has a recall notice about the steering pump leaking but they would not replace as per the recall. They said my rack and pinion steer has also is leaking. I feel this is a way to get you to spend more on repairs. When this happened the vehicle was on a state road and I almost lost control because the ps assist failed.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #104

Feb 202016

Traverse

  • 62,000 miles
For the past month or so, I kept on hearing a humming noise from the engine. The steering seem to be very stiff. I took it to the dealer and they told me that it needs a new power steering rack and pump. The car just rolled 62,000 miles which is too early for those type of issues

- Wayside, NJ, USA

problem #103

Dec 152015

Traverse

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that there was a progressing failure in which the power steering suddenly failed. The contact noticed an abnormal noise coming from the steering wheel when turning it left or right. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for further inspection. The contact received a service campaign letter from the manufacturer for the power steering pump and notified the dealer. The dealer indicated that the failure may not be related to that campaign without diagnosing the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000. Updated 05/18/16

- Scituate, MA, USA

problem #102

Nov 282014

Traverse

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. While driving various speeds, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the steering wheel without warning. The noise grew louder and the speed increased. The contact stated that when it rained the traction control warning indicator illuminated continuously. The failures recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rack and pinion failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #101

Jan 222016

Traverse

  • 90,000 miles
Internal and external fluid leak....loss of power steering at sparatic times very dangerous especially on icy roads. This complaint is the same as hundreds of Traverse owners. I have owned nothing but Chevy my whole life and would expect that they will stand behind their product.

- Laketown, UT, USA

problem #100

Jan 182016

Traverse

  • 90,665 miles
While driving to work early January 18,2016 my check engine light and stability control light came on, not a minute later my steering went out and I hit a road sign. I had turned off the traction control before leaving my house as instructed by my service advisor at the Chevy dealership. I believe GM is responsible for the damage to my vehicle. Took my 2011 Traverse to the dealership that same day. Lights still on, and by the time I got it there the vehicle was shaking terribly, they diagnose it as throttle body codes PO221-PO121 & PO300. They fixed that problem, but took no responsibility GM to take responsibility for this problem. I wanted a safe vehicle for myself and my family, now I am not sure if it is safe even with the repairs that were done.

- Fulton, NY, USA

problem #99

Jan 092016

Traverse

  • 78,183 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that a pulley was found in the driveway on the ground by his vehicle and the power steering failed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the idle pulley fractured and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 78,183.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #98

Jan 052016

Traverse

  • 67,000 miles
After noticing a grinding noise when turning at low speed, Chevrolet dealership states the power steering is leaking fluid internally and could result in loss of steering while driving. Repair estimate is $1,700, not covered by warranty due to mileage. While reviewing complaints related to Chevrolet Traverse steering it is apparent that this is a very common problem. If you check "carcomplaints.com" under 2011 Chevrolet Traverse steering problems you will see that the majority of complaints are the same as ours. Given that loss of steering while driving is obviously a safety concern, coupled with the volume of complaints regarding this issue, I was hoping NHTSA could look into it (if they weren't already). Several of the complaints I read were regarding vehicles with under 40,000 miles. It seems this may well be a defective or poorly designed steering system.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #97

Jan 152015

Traverse

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that after the vehicle was serviced, the steering wheel seized intermittently without warning. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that power steering pump and the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

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