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NHTSA — Steering: Linkages: Tie Rod Assembly Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,497 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.

2004 Pontiac GTO steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Pontiac GTO Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 082007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac GTO. The contact heard a loud metal noise while pulling out of a parking lot. The mechanic stated that the front driver side tie rod was worn and needed to be replaced; however, the part would not be available until a couple of months. The vehicle cannot be driven until the part arrives. The VIN and speed were unknown. The current mileage was 33,000 and failure mileage was 32,000.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #2

Oct 072007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,490 miles
Problem with steering control and slow air leak out of front right tire, led me to bring my car to just tires in December 2005. The technicians removed the front right tire and found that the inner wall of the tire was shredded. I then took my car to the Pontiac dealer and paid over $700 for a faulty tire rod arm. On October 7, 2007 while driving 65 mph down a busy interstate, the steering became unsteady as a loud rumbling noise commenced. About 15 seconds later the rear passenger side tire exploded and I was driving on the rim with limited control of the car, trying to pull off to the side of the road. As I put a spare tire on the car, there was shredded rubber wrapped around the axle and brake linkage that was difficult to remove. With the spare tire in place, I slowly drove 8-10 miles to my local Pontiac dealer where I parked my car until the next business day, so I could cancel my lease early.

- Clarendon Hills, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 062007

GTO 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,000 miles
Strut rub on 2004 Pontiac GTO, both left and right front. Right front had very bad tire wear on inside and out side of tire. Took the car in for state inspection and had 4 new tires put on it, dealer found bad left tie rod end and replaced it, also aligned the car. But when I pointed out the tire rub on both struts, he told me this was ok ("?") I don't think so but would like to have this on record for future reference, this car has been pampered and should have had no strut rub, no hard cornering ect and only 29K miles. I did put on a 10 millimeter narrower tire 235/45zr17 instead of 245/45zr17 so as to be proactive and not have this problem in the future, but this should not be the solution to early tierod or strut failure, as I appear to have. Iwould just like GM to stand behind the carand acknolege when there is a problem and resolve it. Updated 01-11-08.

- Mcmurray, PA, USA

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