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NHTSA — Steering: Rack And Pinion Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,333 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.

1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette Owner Comments

problem #3

May 312004


  • miles


Recall for steering, difficulty turning left, power steering inoperative. Replaced rack and pinion. Left turns could only be done at a low rate of speed and at a wide angle. Consumers vehicle was not covered under the recall and was charged for service. Mechanic left the recall paperwork on the passenger seat and it was found by the consumer showing that he used the paper work determine how to fix the problem.

- Round Lake Beach, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 012004

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
While driving at 65 mph vehicle suddenly lost power steering. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and pulled off the road. Vehicle was towed to dealership. A bearing blew through the lower casing, resulting in loss of power fluid. The power steering rack was repaired. This failure occurred because of the defect described in recall 02V286000 concerning power steering assembly. However, this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 012003

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
The vehicle's power steering experienced the same defect as stated in recall 02 V 286 000, but the vehicle identification number not included in the recall. There was a popping sound and a slight effect to the right.

- Arlington, TX, USA

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