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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2009 Pontiac G6 (Page 1 of 7) Notes: The 2009 is starting to have the same problems as previous model years, including the headlights blowing out due to bad connectors.

The wiring harness connections aren't a big deal to replace, as long as your dealer or mechanic doesn't charge you an arm & a leg to "diagnose" the problem.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,864 miles

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2009 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2009 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #129

Jun 012016

G6 4-cyl

  • miles


2009 Pontiac G6. Consumer requests assistance in electric power steering recall notice repairs and vehicle manufacturer denial for additional coverage protection for power steering problems. The consumer stated when the steering failed, she pulled over, cut the engine off and restarted it again. The consumer was informed the vehicle would not be fixed, because it was over the required mileage.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #128

Jun 062016


  • 100,000 miles
Power steering goes out exp when it is cold. Goes out without warning. It makes the car extremely hard to drive. GM says tough luck due to my VIN. The issue a recall for pr but only cover a fraction of the cars with problems. This has been happening for years and they do nothing about it.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #127

Apr 192016


  • 83,715 miles
On 4/19/2016 while driving the car at around 35mph it started to drift left and when tried to correct the situation the steering was unresponsive as if locked up causing a collision with an on coming vehicle. The accident happened on a two lane straight city street on a clear day and nearly was a head on collision. The drivers side front received most of the damage. Windows shattered and airbags did deploy.

- Falling Waters, WV, USA

problem #126

Mar 262016


  • 162,000 miles


We lost power steering on my car. We have replaced the electric steering motor and the torque sensor. Still no luck still at the shop and their not sure what else to do.we also contacted GM and they gave us no help just that there was nothing that they could do for us.

- Vernon, IL, USA

problem #125

Aug 202009


  • 500 miles
Please read file attachment_one.pdf.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #124

Mar 202016


  • 104,600 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. While driving 35 mph, the power steering failed and the steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering); however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 104,600.

- Canfield, OH, USA

problem #123

Mar 022016


  • 65,000 miles


Loss of power steering while driving on city streets with message "service power steering soon" also "door ajar" warning light with all doors securely closed. Vehicle has maintenance free electronic power steering system.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #122

Feb 112016


  • miles
I was driving and my steering wheel locked up on me while I was on a highway something popped up on my radio saying power steering service ESC I couldn't turn almost had accident

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #121

Feb 082016


  • 129,121 miles
Power steering goes out recently while driving. Once I turn off the car the electric steering assist resets and the power steering is fine for awhile while driving. Then it goes out again.... and it occurs a majority of the time while turning. GM says the recall is VIN number specific. I have the right year, make, and model. But, my VIN number does not bring up a recall for the issue. I am not understanding. It is the same and a most dangerous issue that other 2009 Pontiac G6's have. What if my son, who is learning to drive with his permit, was behind the wheel at the time? I think GM needs to look into adding a few more VIN numbers to their recall list. I believe that reading others posts prior to mine shows this also... especially needs to happen before something serious happens.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #120

Jan 072015

G6 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Pontiac G6. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle power steering issues. The consumer stated the steering wheel would lock up while driving down the road. The consumer stated the steering locking up, was a result of the steering torque input being defective.

- Albion, MI, USA

problem #119

Jan 032016


  • 179,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. While driving 70 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that "power steering" was displayed across the message board. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 179,000.

- Glouster, OH, USA

problem #118

Jan 172016


  • 190,000 miles
My car has now also lost power steering on more than one occasion (loss of power steering first occurred this year)the power steering warning light illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently and my headlights keep going out, even when the bulbs are brand new (this has been an ongoing issue for two years now). When I smack the headlights, they come back on. I do not always feel safe when driving this car.

- Canton, MS, USA

problem #117

Sep 152015


  • 93,999 miles
"takata recall" I bought my car from james corlew and was coming home parked it. Next day I went outside to take it to the car wash going down a hill and when I turned my wheel my car jumped all the lights and speedometer went off the radio flickered and and out and my car died mid driving down a hill I turned into the gas station down my hill and put it in park and turned it and to the off position. And started it back up and it came on fine I took it back to my dealer and told him what was wrong with me and he just told me that it had an electrical jumpstart where it had been sitting for a long time. I week passes and I'm going to work park it. I get off and it's 9 O'clock and I'm turning onto a highway I pulled out and my car jumped again but it didn't shut off the power staring warning came on on my radio and the steering went out. I drove to the nearest gas station and put it in park and turned it off sat there for less than a minute and turned it back on and it was fine. It did it two more times while I was driving to school. I was tired of it happening so I took it back to my car lot and ask them if it had any recalls on it they told me no it only had one on the back taillight and the gearshift. So they acted like they couldn't do anything and I only had the car for two months now it's steering easy to the right but steering hard to the left. And they say there's no recall on it but I looked up online that 2009 G6 has recalls on it about the power steering but I haven't got no paper and the mail from GM I'm not paying for their mistakes. If I get into a wreck over it somebody will get sued. Because I let james corlew no three times and they all told me it was nothing. There was one previous owner so if it had a recall on it could the paper have went to them on accident?

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #116

Dec 012015


  • 56,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. The contact stated that while driving at 3 mph and making a U-turn, the vehicle started smoking without warning. The contact pulled the vehicle over and opened the hood and noticed the vehicle was on fire. The contact was able to extinguish the fire. There was no police report filed. There were no injuries sustained. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the vehicle was diagnosed that the motor mounts and the power steering lines needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 56,500.

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #115

Oct 212015


  • 174,870 miles
I was driving down the freeway and my steering suddenly felt tighter than usual. When I exited the freeway and made right turn it was extremely hard to turn. The warning came on that said check power steering.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #114

May 132015


  • 99,479 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. While driving 10 mph, the steering wheel made a loud noise and began to shake uncontrollably. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 99,479.

- Birmingham , AL, USA

problem #113

Aug 312015


  • 91,460 miles
I was leaving work and pull out and the power steering goes out and a message pops up on the radio power staring so I drive for about a mile and I pull over at a gas station and turn my car off and sit there for two minutes and cut it back on and it was back to normal it shook hard when the power steering didn't work.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #112

Jun 252012

G6 6-cyl

  • 53,425 miles
On 6/25/12 my car was making a whining noise when steering. Dealership replaced steering gear and adjusted "front toe" and gear assembly. (according to the work order. ). on 8/27/15 I had to take my vehicle for repair due to a very loud whining sound. When I started the car that morning there was still the loud whining sound and a clunking sound. The repair was complete power steering rack & pinion. Total repair bill was $929.44. In addition I have had to have two repairs to exhaust gasket. (one 4/25/15 and another one on 8/18/15). I am attaching all repair bills, title, etc for your review.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #111

Jul 272015


  • 60,000 miles
Hear a ding and power steering message keeps coming on...has happened 5/6 times in last week, as yet the steering isn't affected

- Bridgeton, MO, USA

problem #110

Jul 252015


  • 145,591 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac G6. While driving 30 mph, the power steering stiffened while making a right turn into traffic. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the failure intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 145,591.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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