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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

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2010 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Aug 212015

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


On August 21,2015 I was coming home while driving on the road I entered a curve and my steering wheel did not turn with the curve my car continued going straight I had no control of the steering wheel and I tried to brake and the brakes did not stop the car so I went into the ditch wrecking my car it was totaled and I was hurt the car was totaled the Chevrolet dealer told me to bring the car in and they would fix the problem at no charge they had a special warranty fund to cover the cost of repair of the steering problem there had been others with the same problem--needless to say my totally wrecked car could not be brought to the dealer --I was told to call roadside service to tow it in and fix the problem--a recall should be issued on the power steering and the brake system--I could of been killed and at the age of 71 years very thankful that god was with me and saved my life thank you --god bless!!! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hessmer, LA, USA

problem #32

Jun 012015


  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Equinox. Consumer writes in regards to fuel control system recall notice and several vehicle issues. The consumer stated a warning light illuminated. The dealer reprogrammed a module. The second time the consumer returned to the dealer, the timing chain was replaced. Also, the engine was noisy. In September 2014, the consumer received a letter about excessive oil consumption. In November 2014, the consumer received a letter about the possibility of the steering locking up. The condenser had a small pin hole, that caused fluid to leak out. The compressor was replaced.

- Warsaw, MO, USA

problem #31

Apr 182015


  • 51,000 miles
Intermittently, the steering was seriously compromised when driven. Contacted GM and they sent me to a GM certified dealership/technician. The technician informed me that the car was unsafe to drive (due to a "twisted steering shaft") and steering could completely fail at any time. I escalated the issue to a Chevrolet senior advisor in detroit. The senior advisor informed me that there was no outstanding recalls for this type of issue. I informed the advisor that this defect could injure / kill someone if not made public. He indicated that there was nothing he could do further... I just don't want someone to get seriously hurt because of this issue. Please inform the public of this issue!!!

- Holyoke, MA, USA

problem #30

Oct 252014


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owned a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. As a result, the contact crashed the vehicle into a guardrail. The contact did not disclose whether a police report was filed. The contact sustained lower back injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #29

Jul 282014

Equinox 6-cyl

  • 59,943 miles
While at red light, I went to pull out and car just turned off. And had to put it in park and turn car off and tried to restart the car and it wouldn't start and had to do it again.

- Princeton, WV, USA

problem #28

May 052014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 64,429 miles
Steering started acting odd. Binding up when turning. Took it into the dealers. First they told me they reset the steering. Two days later brought it back still binding. Determined it was the steering assist motor. The car dealer had the car for almost a week. Told me they had to also replace the steering gear, motor assembly, and steering wheel angle sensor. Told me car was repaired. Drove it home approx. 20 miles. Car steering is still binding up. Took the car back to the dealers two days later. The mechanic drove the car and said there was nothing wrong with it. Now I am at a loss. I don't know what the answer is. This seems like a dangerous situation.

- Salamanca, NY, USA

problem #27

Apr 272014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


My wife was making a left hand turn and the power steering went out making it difficult to complete the turn due to fact that she couldn't turn the steering wheel. She was just starting to accelerate through the turn so speed wasn't an issue. Thankfully she wasn't traveling at a faster speed. We were told by the dealer that the Equinox needs a steering gear replaced.

- Fergus Falls, MN, USA

problem #26

Apr 092013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The contact stated that once the engine was warm, the steering wheel would become stiff without warning. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 52,000. Updated 6/17/14

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #25

Jan 212014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Equinox. Consumer writes in regards to power steering problems. The consumer stated the intermediate steering shaft failed and had to be replaced. The consumer stated there was a leak coming from the power steering rack. The dealer found the steering gear leaking and replaced the rack on a 2011 GMC acadia at no charge. Updated 03/04/15.

- Blasdell, NY, USA

problem #24

Jun 032012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Wife stopped for gas pulled out on to street very hard to steer. This has happened on and off for the past couple years almost went away for a while. The past couple of weeks it has been constant whether I am going 2 mph or 70 kph a constant stiffness in turning right or left it's as if it was a fluid type power steering not this is a early 2010 we bought this car in July 2009.there are no signs or any kind of noises to indicate any kind of problem but I am getting kind of nervous in driving this SUV anymore.there must be other Chevy cars that have same problem I do hope there will be a recall on this problem soon. Thanks

- Barre, VT, USA

problem #23

Oct 152013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles


Power steering locked up/stopped working when trying to back up. Wouldn't work when put back in forward gear. Happened intermittently and when taken to dealer, they couldn't replicate. Next couple of months did this intermittently. Recently, it did this regularly for a day when driving...very dangerous as it would happen often when executing a turn so car could lurch into an adjacent lane and potentially end up in an accident. Warning light came on and this time took to dealer who told me they diagnosed a problem that would require replacement of at least part of the power steering assembly. This seems to be the exact same issue as what occurred with cobalts, HHR, etc. In the latest GM recall and I believe that the recall should be extended to this model year and make as well (if not for others too!). caused me enough concern to get the work done and am now working on my options to try and get GM to reimburse me based on this being an identical issue to these other makes and models.

- Clarksburg, MD, USA

problem #22

Jan 252014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
While turning, power steering no longer present. Power steering did not return after checking fuses and replacing battery. Dealer indicated needed to replace steering gear and charged $1500. Power steering assist returned for a few days. Power steering became intermittent. When I returned to dealer, they say it was the shaft joints not functioning properly and replaced those at no charge.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #21

Mar 172014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Power steering failure. Steering locked up. Vehicle could be steered only with extreme manual effort. It occurred regardless of the speed of the vehicle, from 0 to 35 during this incident. When wheel was turned it would not return to previous position. For example when turning a corner, the vehicle would not straighten out when the turn was completed unless the wheel was manually pulled back, again with extreme effort. Local dealership service department was contacted but had no knowledge of any such problem. Days later the power steering returned to normal by itself! then the failure happened again without warning. This is a very dangerous situation!

- Clinton, MI, USA

problem #20

Feb 082014

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 8,060 miles
I work approximately 36 miles from and while traveling home from work on the expressway I notice my power steering monitor appeared on my dashboard and my air brake warning signals came on and also my traction control signal was on and my steering became very stiff and tight very hard to control. I contact GM customer relations and explain to them that I have research other vehicles that were manufactured by them with this same problem that is now on their recall list. They were no help at all.they were looking for ways to put the responsibility in my hands to resolve the problem then to satisfy me as a customer.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #19

Nov 232013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
While backing out of my driveway, I turned the steering wheel to the left and the steering wheel became stuck. I had to tug forcefully on the wheel for the steering wheel to come back to center. The same thing happened again 3 days later as I was making a right turn onto a busy road. I turned the steering wheel to the right and the steering wheel became stuck causing me to nearly run off the road. I had to pull with force to get the steering wheel back to center causing me to briefly swerve into the left lane. Luckily I did not run off the road or into anyone.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #18

Jul 012013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
The steering sticks. Extra effort is required to make corrections off center. The effort required to correct or turn the vehicle increases or sticks. This results in under or over correction or causes problems in turning and returning the wheel to center. Sometime the steering is fine and then this sticking or this could be described as the steering wheel is stuck in a rut that requires extra effort to get out of. Like getting out of a rut sometimes your go too far to the right or left due to the extra effort required while at other times only normal effort is needed. This is dangerous, I see on the internet that GM has a bulletin pit 4992A but I don't know what this bulletin indicates. My local dealer didn't know of this bulletin but said they would check. I never got an answer. This steering issued with the 2.4 L engine and the electronic power steering is a dangerous condition.

- Clarence Center, NY, USA

problem #17

Jun 032013

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 27,008 miles
My wife noticed that it was becoming hard to steer. It continued for a few more days, so I called Chevrolet dealer to see if they had been aware of suh a problem, they told me no they had not. There were no warning light or any codes stored. I call GM customer service and was told the same thing that they are not aware of any such problem. It has become increasing worst to drive where it may lead to accident. I have no other choice but to replace one part after part.there are to many complaints out there for GM to remain blind to such a serious problem.

- Barre, VT, USA

problem #16

Oct 272012

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 93,500 miles
Equinox starts powering down occasionally during acceleration through hard right turns and, once, during a soft bump against a curb. Dashboard lights turn off, engine dies, etc. Can be restarted from stop. We had been able to duplicate the problem, but haven't been able to do so at the dealership, so it remains unfixed. We are concerned about the safety of driving a vehicle that may power down during a hard right turn and heavy acceleration. We now intentionally accelerate slowly and cautiously through right turns. We worry that we will get in a situation where, for instance, we'll need to turn out of the way of a semi trailer and our car will power down, putting us in great danger.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #15

Jan 122011

Equinox 4-cyl

  • 7,500 miles
My new 2010 Chevy equnox developed a problem with its electric steering after it got warmed up and as driving speed increased. Dealers kept telling us that there was no issue since they could not detect an error code. On trip to Florida, steering become so difficult that it took two hands to steer at any speed above 50 mph. Dealer (vience fl.) finally changed out complete steering gear and problem went away!

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #14

Jun 302011


  • 18,036 miles
Jerking in steering while driving at highway speed. Roberts Chevrolet of platte city, mo repaired the steering. When taken in they stated they had not heard of the problem. I had questioned the situation one other time at an oil change. The steering jerking was getting more intense over time, scheduled for it to be checked on June 30, 2011. On my repair order #192798 it is stated replaced steering gear. When I picked up the car I was informed they could not find anything, but they followed up with GM and got a bulletin #pit4992A. They performed the service listed in the bulletin. As of today that seems to have fixed the problem. The reason for listing the covered service is the problem seemed to be getting worse with only 18,000 miles. There has not been a recall so far as I know. We the jerking getting worse with time I was not sure if it could cause a complete steering loss while driving.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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