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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,984 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox steering problems

steering problem

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #13

May 022011


  • miles


Have been having the sticky steering problem others are complaining about. It's noticeable at highway speeds on a smooth road surface and seems to happen in hotter, humid weather. I brought it to the dealer two times before to be checked and they told me just what I thought they would tell me. There are no trouble codes stored in the computer, they could not duplicate the problem and of course GM is not aware of any other problems like this one. I find that hard to believe since so many others are complaining about the exact same problem I'm having. The problem seems to be with the electric power steering on the Equinox, it really does seem like a hazard because of it locking up which is very noticeable and depending on the circumstance could be hard to handle if needing to steer quickly in a situation.

- New London, WI, USA

problem #12

Apr 082011

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
My 2010 Chevy Equinox is equipped with an electric power steering system. After the vehicle has been driven for at least 45 minutes, the steering wheel sticks or binds when trying to make minor lane correction changes. This is most noticeable on smooth road surfaces at highway speeds. An extra amount of force must be applied to the steering wheel to get it to move away from it's stuck position but once it does move, the extra amount of force used causes the steering wheel to travel past it's intended position, causing the vehicle to over correct and travel too far to the left or right. At highway speeds, this can be very dangerous and could result in loss of control of the vehicle, especially during wet and slippery road conditions. This problem should be taken very seriously. This vehicle has less than 9,000 miles on it and this condition did not exist until around the 8,000 mark.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #11

Apr 022011

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
Our 2010 Chevrolet Equinox has dangerous sticky steering at speeds of around 70 mph. More effort than normal is required to turn the steering wheel at these speeds, but then it "breaks loose" and causes the vehicle to swerve slightly. This has occurred since I bought the car new in January 2010. The local Chevrolet service department test drove it and said this was normal. I strongly disagree!

- Sun City West, AZ, USA

problem #10

Nov 102010

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles


Steering sticks when having to make a slight adjustment in keeping the vehicle to drive in straight line. This occurs when driving on a freeway at speeds above 50 mph. The steering also sticks when steering into a slight bend on a freeway. This causes an over correction in keeping the vehicle in the desired path. This over correction does not result in driving the vehicle outside of the lane unless you were already riding the divider between lanes.

- Mount Shasta, CA, USA

problem #9

Nov 012010


  • 5,000 miles
The problem is with the steering. After the vehicle has been driven for more than and 1/2 hour, it becomes sticky on each side of the center. I have had no serious problems as of yet, but the longer it is driven, the worse it gets. When this occurs, the natural response is to correct and sometimes this canbe quite scary or nerve racking. I have taken the vehicle to the dealership twice and they claimed there was nothing wrong.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #8

Sep 062010


  • 6,800 miles
Sticky steering, the steering wheel sticks and you have to give it a slight tug to the left or right to get it to move off the center. It is noticeable on good surfaces. I worry about the safety of the steering especially if the surface is slippery. Started in Sept 2010.

- Sydney Nova Scotia Canada, 00, USA

problem #7

Oct 132010

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 20,140 miles


My 2010 Chevrolet Equinox steering binds up after the vehicle is warmed up. The binding happens when turning slightly to the right or left from a straight ahead position. It is most noticeable above 50 mph. The binding causes the driver to over correct and may cause an accident in wet or snow conditions. After the steering begins to bind, it intermittently binds at all speeds during that drive. When the vehicle cools down the steering returns to normal. I took the vehicle to the dealer on 10-13-2010 and demonstrated the problem to their "front end" technician. He experienced the problem but had no clue as to what the problem is. He said he would call technical assistance on 10-19-2010.

- Davison, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 142010


  • 3,000 miles
When slowly turning the steering wheel to the right all the way to almost the very end and while advancing at a very low speed, there's a small high pitch noise and "thunk" of a sound that can be heard from the front-left of the vehicle, if the radio and ventilation is quite down. It does not sound healthy and is quite disturbing knowing that there's only 3500km on this 2010 Chevrolet Equinox ls would there be other complaints likewise? and please investigate. Thank you

- Gatineau, Qc, Canada, 00, USA

problem #5

Jul 022010


  • 16,000 miles
I had a 'sticky' steering problem back on Jan. 2010 during a trip North to Canada. It happened again last week on a long trip to sandusky Ohio, and it has gotten worse! based on my experience I think this problem happens only on very flat highway in good condition, such as the Ohio turnpike and 405 in Canada. As soon as I get into Michigan (horrible I75 condition) the problem is not noticeable anymore.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #4

Nov 152009


  • 3,000 miles
I own a 2010 Equinox and when driving in a straight path for a period of time the steering wheel binds up/sticks and I have to tug on the steering wheel to free it. Dealer cannot duplicate it but am fearful of a sudden failure at high speed while changing lanes, etc.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #3

Jan 042010


  • 3,900 miles


I own a 2010 Equinox and when driving in a straight path for a period of time the steering wheel binds up/sticks and I have to tug on the steering wheel to free it. I am taking it into the dealer next week for further evaluation but it appears other people have had this problem based on internet info and a couple have filed complaints with your Agency.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 302009


  • 6,125 miles
While driving my 2010 Chevy Equinox in a straight line for a period of time the steering wheel binds up and you have to give a tug to get it freed up. It has been in the dealer 3 times and after the power steering pump was replaced it still does it. I opened a file with Chevy on the problem and the response I received was that is the way the new steering is designed. Nothing comes up on the scanner so they are unable to diagnose the problem, yet the service manager took the car home himself and he admitted it happened to him.

- Southold, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 312009


  • 17 miles
My 2010 Chevy Equinox ls steering wheel locks up while driving. The electrical also seems to have an issue where the radio will start flashing and the air bag warning keeps coming on even after they have stated all of the issues have been fixed and parts have been replaced. This car has been in the shop more than I have owned it. I am scared for my families safety.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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