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NHTSA — Steering: Column Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 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.

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 Pontiac Sunfire steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 082004

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


A clicking noise was coming from the steering column. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs twice, and results indicated that the steering column needed to be greased, otherwise the consumer could lose steering while driving. The noise was the sound of metal on metal. GM was aware of the problem.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 241998


  • miles
Steering wheel is loose and tilt steering mechanism has slipped out of position while driving. Also, accelerator stuck while driving at 40 mph.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

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