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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,259 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Traverse steering problems

steering problem

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2012 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Oct 202014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles


A week ago my Traverse started making a grinding noise, and I thought it was the brakes so I took it to our mechanic who checked all four wheels and determined the brakes were fine. He said it was possibly a rock or something causing the noise and it stopped for a few days. This morning I was pulling into a parking spot at work and the steering froze up completely and the brakes did not want to work either. I almost hit the car I was parking next to! I'm so glad that didn't happen in the middle of traffic or a main street or it could have been a lot worse. Very scary, but what would cause this" will GM be looking into this before someone gets really hurt or has a major accident" taking back to the mechanic Wednesday to check the steering pump.... not happy.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #2

Jul 312014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Driver began to feel and hear a rubbing noise coming from the wheel well. When trying to make a low speed left turn off of a primary road into the entrance of a business, the steering completely locked up and the driver was unable to turn and was stuck in the middle of the opposing lane of traffic. Fortunately for the driver and passengers, there was no oncoming traffic and the driver was able to manually steer (with difficulty against a lot of resistance from the steering wheel) the car back into the correct lane and continued on until pulling over in a safe location on the same block.

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #1

Jul 082014


  • 34,100 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while making a left turn, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was able to restart and operated as normal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 34,100.

- Altoona, PA, USA

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