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NHTSA — Steering: Hydraulic Power Assist: Pump Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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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.

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1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 152000

(reported on)


  • miles


When driving thru puddles during rain, water splashes on the serpentine accessory drive belt, causing the power steering pump pulley to slip and loss of steering control. The service manager a the dealership where I bought the van said there was no way to tighten the belt. This has happened four times and luckely the speed has been slow and the steering came back after a few seconds.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #1

Aug 202000


  • miles
When traveling and water goes through, water splashes up to the serpentine belt/the steering cuts off. Problem started when traveling between 20 to 35mph. This incident happened, and steering is lost. Consumer said that he will call the dealership. The dealer said replace belt should correct this problem.

- Tavares, FL, USA

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