NHTSA — Steering: Rack And Pinion Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,832 miles

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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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1996 Buick Regal steering problems

steering problem

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1996 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 021996


  • 176,000 miles


There is a severe problem with the steering. We brought the vehicle to a garage and we were told that there is a recall on the vehicle to correct the rack and pinion steering. We called Buick and were told that the recall is VIN specific and that our VIN was not recalled. We were advised by Buick that it was just a coincidence that our vehicle was the same year, make and model as the recall and had the same problem and that we would have to pay one of their dealers to look at it.

- Turners Falls, MA, USA

problem #6

Dec 122006

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
While making a turn, the steering in my 1996 Buick Regal became very stiff and would not return to neutral. It has only been two days now that this has happened, but it's dangerous, as it gives no warning. The turn almost put me into a tree! it happened today but I was more aware that it might happen and alert for it. My 1995 century had the same problem and it was that the steering rack gets tight in colder weather and after 75000 miles!

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #5

Feb 102006

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles
A recall was issued regarding the rack and pinion steering on our 1996 Buick. The problem was supposedly fixed by the previous owner of the car. My 17 year old son was put in serious danger because the 'fix' did not correct the problem. Now Buick is telling us that they will not stand behind the obvious problem with their vehicle. The car will not turn to the left. Bucik reps are incompetent and rude.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #4

Jun 022005

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,425 miles


The contact received recall 03V527000 in 2-04 regarding the power steering lower pinion bearing. He took the vehicle to the dealer on 2-17-04 for recall repairs. The car had 56,000 miles on it. After the recall repair work was done, the consumer heard a noise in the power steering. On 5-9-05 they discovered a leak in the power steering. They replaced a power steering hose. Then, at 64,000 miles, he heard a humming noise, they re-routed the hose, and told him the noise would go away. On 6-02-05 he took vehicle back because the noise was still there. They told him he needed a whole new power stgeering unit. The consumer stated that ever since he had the recall repair work done, when he turned the steering wheel to the right there was a loud humming noise. It seemed to be coming from the left side.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #3

Feb 252004

(reported on)


  • 124,400 miles
Consumer was trying to make a left turn onto a street when the steering wheel became stiff. This made it hard for the driver to complete the turn. Dealer was contacted, and dealer replaced the pinion bearing. However, that didn't correct the problem.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 172004

(reported on)

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Recall 03V527000 concerning steering gear bearings. Consumer read a newspaper article about the GMC power steering recall. The consumer had not received the notice, but called GMC to get authorization for recall repairs. Vehicle was making noises when starting and when turning, but GMC representative stated it may not be a problem with the steering. The consumer must pay $90 for a diagnostic test.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 172004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Upon starting the vehicle there was a noise in the steering column that became worse when steering the wheel was turned. The mechanic determined that the noise was caused by rack and pinion failure. There was a steering gear bearing recall, but this vehicle was not included due to VIN.

- Festus, MO, USA

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