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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,919 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox steering problems

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #21

Jul 032014


  • 47,218 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle lost power steering without warning. The steering wheel became hard to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing. However, results were not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 47,218.

- La Vista, NE, USA

problem #20

Jun 272014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
While stopped at a light the stabilitrak failed and the car in a possessed manor accelerated and the brakes failed pushing me forward into traffic. Once I regained some control of the vehicle, the car was hopping, the engine was making a knocking sound, and I could not go more than 25 miles per hour and steering was difficult. Two warning lights came on. 1 was as stabilatrak requires service, the other was reduced engine power. The dash also had the check engine light on. Because it was late and the issue started maybe on 5 miles from home, we tried to creep home at 25 miles per hour. There is no warning that your vehicle is going to do this. This also happened on a road trip from Chicago to minneapolis; halfway there warning lights went off and I lost stability along with my 4 wheel drive.

- Columbia Heights, MN, USA

problem #19

Aug 012012


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned making the steering wheel very difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the power steering was faulty. The vehicle was repaired. On another occasion, the contact stated that while the vehicle was stationary a second vehicle crashed into the front end of the vehicle. The seat belts malfunctioned and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the neck, hand and knee. The front passenger suffered head, lung and rib injuries during the crash, and both required medical attention. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #18

Feb 012012


  • miles


Was involved in a mva and driver was traveling 50-60mph when her car hit the front end driver side and air bag failed to deploy. Since then air bag sensor turns on and off when there is a passenger in the seat. Passenger weighing over 130 lbs. This is a big safety hazard and is scary to think that this car has yet to be recalled!! will the air bag go off next time something like that happens again??!! GM is wrong for recalling every other vehicle but this one!! power locks do not unlock or lock ever! I always have to manually lock and unlock each one. Safety issue again! and last but not least, there is an electrical issue causing everything in the car to go out every month or two. Recall this car before someone else gets injured.

- Alvin, TX, USA

problem #17

Apr 162014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
I, M driving and with no warning there's no power steering at all till this day and the dealership can not figure out the problem but I read that it happened to lots of people with the same car please do something before something bad happens and let us know what the problem really is so me and my family can be safe and we can get it fixed.

- Alsip, IL, USA

problem #16

Apr 152014


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that the steering wheel locked without warning while turning. The contact was able to avoid a crash by turning the steering wheel with force. The contact also stated that the failure was experienced several times while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure and current mileage was 130,000.

- Saint Louis , MO, USA

problem #15

Jan 282014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the power steering assist failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the power steering module was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 68,000 and the current mileage was 69,000. Updated 03/18/14

- Cary, IL, USA

problem #14

Dec 262013


  • 64,255 miles
My wife was driving the vehicle home late when the service engine light came on traction control came on then service stabilitrak light came on and stayed. Made steering very difficult, like old time truck would have been. Luckily kept control or could have resulted into something very serious! bad part no early warnings, vehicle battery has never been jumped or used to jump (read something about blowing mega fuse ) vehicle 5 months past 5 yr. Warranty with only 64265 miles on it.I have read of this occurring to many others, hopefully no injuries.this seems to be a problem that needs to be resolved. I am taking it to the dealer tomorrow.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #13

Dec 022013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Got into my car that morning to take my daughter to daycare and I was turning the curb to get onto the freeway my steering locked up and was hard to manage. Looked down and there were two lights on traction control off and service stabilitrack system. No warning just gave out. Me & my child could have been injured if we were going any faster. Then it cost over $1200 dollars at the dealership. I have read so many issues with the same thing. There should be a recall on this part. There is no way that everyone who has the 2008 Chevy Equinox is have the same issue. Not only is my truck still in the shop ($1200 plus) im still having to pay a truck note also. Can someone please take care of this. Its to close to christmas to be paying such high expenses on a problem that could have been solved.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #12

Dec 072013


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the steering wheel suddenly malfunctioned. The contact indicated that she was unable to turn the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but was not repaired. The contact was informed that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 90,000

- Decatur , GA, USA

problem #11

Nov 152013


  • 109,000 miles


I was on my way to my daughters drs app with her friend in my 2008 chev Equinox, this app was approximately 1 hr away and highway driving. When the steering locked up and wouldn't let me turn, managed to force a small enough to pull over to side of was very scary, we could have been killed. Manage to off highway down to community to nearest GM dealer safely.they told me its not safe to drive, and never seen anything like this before, my warranty is out, still paying on this and it could have killed us!

- Carbonear, CA, USA

problem #10

Jun 032013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 111,023 miles
Stability trac light came on, lost power steering, took it to Chevy dealer, said low voltage condition, replaced battery, work for about a month, same problem again. Not the battery.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #9

May 132013

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 76,265 miles
Stability trac light came on, lost power steering, took it to Chevy dealer, said low voltage condition, replaced battery, work for about a month, same problem again. Not the battery.

- Fridley , MN, USA

problem #8

Oct 132012

Equinox 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox and the problem I am having with it, is that the power steering has stopped working. The steering wheel vibrate when I try to turn the wheel. At times it won't turn at all. I can barely turn the car. I can't safely operate the vehicle at all. This came on suddenly with no warning.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #7

Apr 012009


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox. While driving 45 mph, the contact stated that the steering wheel became difficult to move and she lost all power steering. The dealer made five attempts to duplicate the failure. In April 2009, the dealer replaced the power steering pump. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The current mileage was 70,000. No repairs were performed. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000.

- Grand Junction, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 102001


  • 66,000 miles
I purchased my car in Dec. 2007 and have had electrical issues since Jan. 2008. At first it was simple things like replacing the radio in Apr. 2008 (under warranty), faulty wiper switch in Sept. 2009 (under warranty). Then in Oct. 2010 I had to pay $175.54 to replace a faulty spark plug and wire. But February 2011 has been the worst! on 2/10/11 I was driving down a mountain in bad weather on my way to work when my entire dashboard lit up, stabilitrack disabled, ABS, traction control turned off, check engine light; I couldn't drive faster than 20 mph without my car sliding all over the place. I was terrified. The dealership said the vacuum line wasn't plugged back in during my last oil change and that's what was causing it. I drove home and the same thing happened all the lights lit up again. Back to the dealership 2/16/2011. Dirty sensor, they cleaned it. I picked up my car and all the lights were on again so they replaced the sensor costing me $174.54. Eight days later my car is back in the shop. The check engine light came on, stabilitrack light came on and my power steering failed. The dealership says its electrical and I most likely wont have to pay for it but I don't feel safe driving my car at all anymore. I have read numerous complaints online with the exact same issues and some are worse than mine. GM needs to take responsibility and recall this vehicle. And for years my passenger side airbag hasn't worked properly. I'm 112lbs and it doesn't turn on when I'm sitting in the passenger seat. This can't be safe!

- Richford, VT, USA

problem #5

Jan 012009


  • miles
I purchased my 2008 Equinox new in December 2008 at rod hatfeild Chevrolet in lexington, ky. Within 1 month the service stabilitrak warning came on, simultaneously the power steering locked. Still under warranty, I had it serviced. On Nov 19, less than 60 days ago, the problem reoccurred. No longer under warranty, the repairs cost me $276. The warning came on again tonight and the power steering locked up, this time while driving! I barely made it home unable to turn the steering wheel. I could also hear a wobbling type of noise that seems to be coming from the front passenger tire. The onstar diagnostic report stated the stabilitrak had once again malfunctioned and to have the vehicle serviced within 7 days. I am now without transportation until Monday morning when the dealership opens. Had I been driving at a higher speed when the problem occurred, myself as well as others could have been seriously hurt. I am now afraid to travel long distances for fear that the problem will once again be improperly corrected. I feel that I have purchased a lemon now that this has happened 3 times in less than 3 years.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #4

Jan 022008


  • 10 miles
2008 sport Equinox nothing but problems since I drove it off the lot 2 years ago with only 6 miles. 2008 Chevy Equinox sports & the transmission want at 40,000ish miles while I was driving in a snow storm. Took the dealer one month to repair because they couldn't get the parts. Also had the steering repaired 4 times, colar repaired. The old dealer did not believe me and the noise was there again & again. It turned out to be the was a grinding noise which should like my ABS, but it was the steering rack and a loud squealing in the steering wheel. I found a nice dealer who finally believed me and fixed it last week even though it was out of warranty with the new dealer & GM's help. Just makes me nervous what else is in store for me since the truck is now out of warranty. There was other issues too, like the co sensor, computer and brake is front heavy. The truck should have been recalled, makes you wonder while this model was only made for 1 year. But since I am a women I do not know what I am talking about! tried to take in, lol, not worth anything and do not have the money to start over.

- Clarksburg, NJ, USA

problem #3

Nov 052010


  • 32,000 miles
I have a 2008 Chevy Equinox sports and the transmission went out without any notice I was driving and stop the truck for on coming traffic and when it was clear to go the truck would not move and also I had the steering collar repaired and the noise is back again those two things need to looked at and evaluated because that is dangerous their is a grinding noise in the steering wheel and its back again.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #2

Jun 152000


  • miles
Electronic power steering stops working intermittently.

- North East, PA, USA

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