NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,309 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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2005 Cadillac SRX steering problems

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2005 Cadillac SRX Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 062016


  • 109,916 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. After purchasing the vehicle from an independent dealer, the contact took the vehicle to a certified Ford dealer. The technician diagnosed that the engine light was illuminated and the drive shaft couplers, power steering, front wheel bearing, and motor mounts were all defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was returned to the independent dealer who refused to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 109,916.

- Brandywine, MD, USA

problem #12

Feb 102015

SRX 6-cyl

  • 16,600 miles
Car rapidly speed up at full and little time after that heard loud noise in back as driving.today took to mechanic and didn't even get power starting up and then speed up again at full stop and started smoking to. Said power steering went out thought it was that got almost home problem still occurred so did some research and found this recall.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #11

Nov 212014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 15 mph, the heater was activated and there was an abnormal noise. The contact also stated that there was a burning odor emitting from the vents and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 152014


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. While driving 60 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle stalled and did not restart. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Handover , MA, USA

problem #9

Sep 232014

SRX 6-cyl

  • miles
The dealership in my city ran out of parts to repair my vehicle they were sent only a few so we all on a waiting list for "????"

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #8

Jan 232014


  • 72,000 miles
I bought my 2005 Cadillac Srx at 43,000 miles June 25,2012 now it's January 23,2014 and the power steering goes out at 72,000 miles. There was a huge leak steering was very tight and stability was in use. My father said it looks like the pump was replaced once that's ridiculous with the low miles my car has. I think Cadillac really needs to fix the problem they have recalls on the 2004's they need to fix the 2005's too! it's a burden right now I'm paying for a car that's sits in the garage now!

- Millstadt, IL, USA

problem #7

Sep 012010


  • 75,000 miles


I own a 2005 Cadillac Srx AWD V8. There was a power steering leak that occurred approximately 9/2010 (date could be off, but GM has the official dates/mileage). This was serviced by the dealer and they replaced the power steering return line stating that this is a regular occurrence in this style Cadillac. I filed a complaint with GM at the time because I had to rent a car for 3 weeks as the part was out of stock and in production. GM agreed to pay for my rental car. Approximately 4/2013 the same leak started under my power steering return line. I brought it to the dealer where I was again told that it is common for this part to default and that they would need to replace the entire power steering rack as well as the power steering return line again. They quoted me approximately $2000. I again filed a complaint with GM and they said though it is a common problem they were not willing to pay any cost for repair. I have a mutual friend who owns the same style Cadillac Srx as I do and the same problem just happened to him. He was advised by the dealer that he would need to replace the power steering rack and return line for a cost of approximately $2000. I believe there is a huge risk in allowing these vehicles to remain on the road if they have ps problems. My vehicle even after having the line fixed is again spewing power steering fluid all of my engine parts and drips onto my axle. If I am stopped with my car on, you can see smoke rising and there is a burning smell coming from the affected area. Please help!

- Essex Junction, VT, USA

problem #6

Mar 312012


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact stated that the steering became difficult to maneuver and he lost control of the vehicle. There were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact then crashed into a highway divider and into another vehicle. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an auto center and the mechanic stated that there was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 06V125000 (suspension:rear), that may be related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Howard Beach, NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 102011


  • 81,000 miles
While changing lanes...my steering wheel locked and vehicle jumped to the right lane. I restarted the car and the wheel was free. I took it in for repairs and was told I must replace the entire steering rack, pump and hoses for a cost of $ $2,489. The repair facility told me this is very common in Srx and that he just did the same thing on another 05 Srx! scary and costly!

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 052011

SRX 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
I own a 2005 Cadillac Srx and in the past 3 months I have experienced several flaws in this vehicle (purchased used in October 2010). The most important problem I am experiencing with this vehicle is the "stability service engaging" as I am driving and after I have made a sharp turn. The vehicle locks the brakes and steering wheel. I have had this happen to me three separate times while I was in traffic and by the grace of god, no one was behind me so an accident did not occur. I have read several blogs on edmund.com (13 pages)and also on this websites complaints about the same problem. I do not feel safe driving my Srx and after paying a nice amount for this SUV, I find this to be irresponsible of Cadillac and I do see some fault on the NHTSA part for not recalling or demanding Cadillac to recall these vehicles for this problem. As others have stated the dealerships do not seem to know the problem, which I also think is ridiculous, because this is what they are suppose to be certified to do. I have also seen where some have had the "steering wheel sensor" replace and this has seemed to fix the problem. If that is the case then Cadillac should have a recall to replace the "steering wheel sensor" seeing that its happening to quite a few people. I will never purchase another Cadillac and will advise others the same, if this isn't taken care of asap, my next step will be a class action suit!! I, as well as others, work hard for our income and when purchasing and trusting in a product we expect to receive a quality product and if for some reason there is a problem, I personally expect the manufacturer to take care of it, just like I take care of my car payment each month!

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #3

Jun 012009

SRX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. The contact stated that the electronic stability control system sporadically engages without warning. The failure causes the front wheels to lock. He is in the process of having the vehicle inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The contact filed a complaint with the manufacturer. The failure and current mileages were 46,000. Updated 7/1/09 the dealer replaced a faulty wheel position sensor. Updated 07/07/09.

- La Porte, IN, USA

problem #2

Apr 132006


  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. The contact stated that she experiences difficulty when turning the steering column. In addition, she hears a screeching noise. She took the vehicle to the dealer on numerous occasions, but they could not provide a remedy for the failure. On one occasion, while driving approximately 25 mph, the contact experienced spontaneous acceleration until she reached 60 mph. The contact stated that the front driver's side tie rod fractured. She is in the process of having the vehicle repaired at her expense because the vehicle exceeds its warranty. The failure mileage was 9,000 and current mileage was 41,000.

- Encino, CA, USA

problem #1

May 162006

SRX 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,500 miles
: the contact stated while driving 5 mph and making a lane change. There was no warning signal prior to the incident. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer who could not initially duplicate the problem. Later on after further inspection. The vehicle stalled after turning the steering quickly. The sensor in the steering wheel was replaced and there have been no further problems with the vehicle stalling. Updated 11/30/06.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

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