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NHTSA — Steering: Rack And Pinion Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,000 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.

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 082013

Grand Am

  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled. The contact also stated that the key was replaced due to the ignition failing to start the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that when the steering wheel was turned there was an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the diagnosis was that the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 012006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
I purchased my 2001 Grand Am GT in 2002. So far since I've owned the car, I seem to replace the breaks every 10,000 miles or every year, I have had the rotors replaced twice within the last 5 years, replaced the alternator and fuel pump. Now, my ABS lights continue to go on and most recently, my car will not start it seem every two weeks (I hope I am not away from home when this happens) - the security light has been coming on and have to keep the key in the "on" position for 10 minutes and then try to start the car - my garage told me it was a security code problem that only the dealer can fix. I have only 90,000 miles on the car and now, I need a rack and pinion which will cost me another $900 (I spent approx $500 dollars on the car in the last 6 months). My break pad wear out at least yearly (I am retired and don't even drive the car long distance). Now my ABS lights are constantly coming on, even though the garage said he found nothing wrong and I need to take it to the dealer. The car is pretty - but will never buy another Pontiac again - I can't afford to keep it in the garage every three months (so it seems) and need a reliable car - not one that doesn't start once every two weeks because now my security systems is messed up. Also, have had problems with 1 and 2 on the ac settings (wouldn't work at all) - and of course, paid to have that fixed. Please help me.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 162004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car is extremely hard to steer and makes a lot of noise at low speeds such mostly parking. Repair shop advised rack and pinion problem the this model car is a common problem.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 152002

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While in motion downhill, consumer started hearing a grinding noise and a metal to metal sound emitting from the fire wall in front of the brake and gas pedals. Once on level ground, the vehicle seemed alright. Consumer called the Pontiac dealer to inquire about the steering problem and was informed it sounded like a rack and pinion assembly problem. Consumer was asked to bring the vehicle in for inspection. The day before vehicle was to go for inspection, the vehicle pulled to the right causing consumer to loose control, and crash into a barrier wall, there was 1 injury and the air bags did not deploy.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #1

Jan 162002

Grand Am

  • miles
Rack and pinion was replaced. When starting vehicle in the morning and backing out wheel will lock up as soon as consumer starts to turn.

- Hopkinsville, KY, USA

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