2008 Cadillac CTS steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,210 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Cadillac CTS steering problems

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2008 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 082016


  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that while pulling out of a parking space, the steering wheel seized as the vehicle accelerated but loosened as the vehicle decelerated. The service power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was driven at a very low speeds to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering actuator failed and needed to be replaced. The dealer replaced the steering gear however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Forest Hill, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 182013

CTS 6-cyl

  • 122,538 miles
While trying to park, the steering wheel becomes stiff. I took it to the dealer to correct problem and it cost me $2,558.35 to replace steering pump and to get a wheel alignment. A week later I had to take the car back to the dealer for noises after applying the brakes and they had to replace both control arms and stabilizer links to correct problem. That job cost me $1,362.93. In April 2013, my front passenger door handle didn't open from the outside. The dealer had to replace the inside door handle housing split, trim pad and handle housing. This job cost me $1,376.99. Not sure why I'm having all of these problems when I get all the required maintenance and all jobs are done at a GM Cadillac dealership.

- Middletown , NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 242011

CTS 6-cyl

  • 38,485 miles
While in the process of making a slow speed <10 mph right hand turn the steering wheel locked up. The vehicle engine did not stall nor lose electrical power and no icons appeared on dash display to indicate a problem. The steering wheel unlocked when brakes were slammed on to prevent crashing into building.after this car was operable and able to be driven to parking area without incident.when key was removed from ignition it was bent, apparently from steering wheel trying to go to locked position.vehicle was driven to dealer a distance of approximately ten miles without repeat of problem.dealer kept vehicle approximately one week trying to replicate problem driving it approximately 100 miles without incident.dealer replaced ignition switch but admitted that they could not say the switch was cause of the problem.refused to accept vehicle feeling if problem reoccurred again at higher speed danger possibly existed to any occupants of this or any vehicles near it. Dealer then agreed to buy back vehicle.dealer was very accommodating but agreed that manufacturer did not appear supportive or concerned.

- Webster, MA, USA

problem #3

May 152008


  • miles


I have a 2008 Cadillac Cts. I have a vibration or shimmy in my steering wheel at about 65 mph, numerous attempts have been made to balance tires. Two new tires were installed and roadforce balanced. Still not resolved. I have seen quite a few complaints about this same problem.

- Ovilla, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 052008


  • 140 miles
Purchased 2008 Cts upon driving car home I noticed a vibration. Took back to dealer next day. Had to wait 3 weeks to get service on vehicle and found out at that time there is a service bulletin on this car and the dealer is not to try to fix car. Went to GM and they agreed to change tires but this did not fix the problem, the vibration continued. Trying to come to some sort of agreement with GM and after 9 months, nothing. Took car back to dealer for tire rotation and requested "road force balance" and the problem got worse. The vibration starts at 40mph and the steering wheel is shaking. The problem is either with the wheels or the tires.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152008


  • 100 miles
Vibration in car above 62 miles per hour. Steering wheel shakes in your hands. Taken to dealer twice they have rotated and balanced tires twice no improvement.

- Crowley, TX, USA

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