NHTSA — Steering: Hydraulic Power Assist System Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,478 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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1998 Buick LeSabre steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Buick LeSabre Owner Comments

problem #5

May 052003

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • 35,392 miles


The consumer read an article which indicated that GM recall certain cars with power steering defects. The consumer's vehicle experienced similar power steering problems which required repair. The vehicle was out of warranty although the vehicle only had 35392 miles.

- East Lansing, MI, USA

problem #4

Feb 022004

(reported on)


  • 95,000 miles
Vehicle made a grinding noise when in motion. The vehicles vacuum hose, power steering pressure and intake manifold failed.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

Dec 152002


  • miles
My car, a '98 Lesabre, has a power assisted steering that is driven by a belt. The idler pulley disintegrated, the belt came off, and I had little steering. A person with less upper body strength would have lost control. I believe many unexplained accidents may be caused by this situation. Investigating officers would assume the belt was lost during the crash when the loss was actually the cause of the crash. A vehiclke that has a serpentine belt also loses power to the brakes.

- Watkinsville, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 092002

LeSabre 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The vehicle had no power steering when driving at low speeds, consumer stated problem only happened when the vehicle was warm.

- Solon, OH, USA

problem #1

May 112001


  • miles
While traveling between 25 and 30 mph consumer suddenly lost control of steering and braking systems. Vehicle crashed into a tree which stopped the vehicle. Dealership has examined vehicle, and repaired unknown component in vehicle which caused this to happen. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Ottowa, IL, USA

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