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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,997 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Impala steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #15

Dec 072010

Impala 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles


When slowing down and making a turn. Steering locks up. When come out of turn and hit gas starts working again.

- Cresaptown, MD, USA

problem #14

Sep 242010


  • 25,000 miles
I was driving my 2008 Chevrolet Impala and was backing out of a parking space, so my tires were turned at an angle. When backing up, I lost all power steering making it very hard to turn the wheel. Once I backed out and put the car in drive the steering began to work again. I checked power steering fluid but it was not low. This problem happens fairly regularly.

- Hallett, OK, USA

problem #13

Sep 142010


  • 33,000 miles
When braking at 50 mph and up, brakes pulsate and steering shutters. I am worried brakes will fail. It is out of warranty but has been going on several months.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #12

Jun 132008


  • 8,700 miles


Vehicle has shimmy, veers to the right, and front has wheelhops. Dealer has changed both front brake calipers, the right front brake rotor, and left and right hub assemblies have been replaced. Issue has caused excessive wear and warping on parts due to overheating. Affects steering and control of vehicle. Since parts have been replaced, shimmy, wheelhop and steering till an issue.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #11

Feb 102010


  • miles
Hit a deer on the right passenger fender and the car shut down, steering wheel locked, spun and unable to control car, was unable to move car, stalled on highway for 1 hour. Car engine started but unable to move. Almost hit a truck in the opposite direction, due to inability to stop and use steering wheel.

- Lewistown, IL, USA

problem #10

May 112010


  • 31,900 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated the tires were wearing prematurely despite having an alignment performed on the vehicle every three months. The dealer advised having an alignment annually and rotating the tires every 6,000 miles. The manufacturer was not contacted and there were no repairs made to the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 31,900.

- Hightstown, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jan 202010


  • 33,500 miles


Steering wheel locks completly when turning happens at least every two weeks.

- Seguin, TX, USA

problem #8

Oct 072009


  • 45,946 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The contact made a left turn when the steering wheel locked. The contact was unable to move the vehicle out of the street. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who test drove the vehicle 74 miles and was unable to duplicate the failure. The failure also occurred while pulling out of the driveway. The contact stated that the failure continued to occur when she applied the accelerator pedal after yielding or stopping at a traffic light. The vehicle was always traveling at a low speed and making a left turn whenever the failure occurred. The failure mileage was 45946. The current mileage was 50993.

- Texarkana, AR, USA

problem #7

May 072009


  • 37,000 miles
Power steering dies when the vehicle gets wet. Dealer is never available for an appointment when it happens. My mechanic has replaced the belt and cleaned everything. It works for a short while then starts again. Is any help available?

- North Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #6

Aug 182009


  • miles
I have a 2008 Chevy Impala ltz, purchased on 7-4-08 form a GM dealership in Yukon, ok. The car had 3670 miles on it when purchased. It was driven, according to dealership, by the area financial officer for GM. The problem is that whenever you drive through standing water or wet snow, you cannot turn the steering wheel. It does not have to much water, just a waterhole where run off from a sprinkler system has run off the driveway. One time, it was left in an enclosed garage over night and the driver the next morning just about hit a parked vehicle because they could turn the the sterring wheel. The car has been to two local GM dealerships and they cannot find any problem. GM safety has been contacted and they could not give an answer for the problem either. The owners of this vehicle feel that this could cause an accident if not fixed. So far, most of the times this has happened has been in town and and at less than 35 mph.

- Perryton, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 222008

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. When driving between 35-40 mph or in inclement weather, it is difficult to steer the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to dealer for inspection. The technician could not identify the cause of the failure, nor provide a remedy. The current and failure mileages were unknown. The vehicle identification number was unavailable. Updated 12/30/09 the consumer stated since the repairs were done, the vehicle tracks properly on ice. The alignment was out and rear camber and toe was out of specs. Updated 12/31/09.

- Pillager, MN, USA

problem #4

Nov 262009


  • 51,000 miles
Early morning start /drove for approximately 4-8 minutes. Turned into parking lot and was attempting to park (3/4 turn) when the steering froze. Stopped the car and the steering seemed to return. Parked car and rotated wheel left to right and noticed that the wheel froze once again. Turned car off and no continued issue on restart. Immediately brought car to dealership and awaiting a decision on what occurred. Do not feel comfortable driving vehicle until dealer can repair issue.

- Nepean, Ontario, Canada, 00, USA

problem #3

Jan 312009


  • 18,000 miles
When I turn my wheel of my car it feels as if its knocking.

- Riviera Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 222008


  • 9,500 miles
I own a 2008 Chevy Impala and I have been hearing clicking noises in the steering shaft. I have took my car in to be serviced and they put 2 new front tires on replaced the assist steering shaft and put a 4 wheel alignment on the car because my tires were worn on the outer edge I still hear the same noise when I turn coming out of a parked position and the new tires they put on one was defected and I almost had a major accident on interstate 38 in camden N.J because one of the tires radial belts popped and caused a blow-out which sent me and my husband and 2 kids in a fight for our lives trying to get out of on- coming traffic we had to ride around on a donut in a 2008 for 12 hours until we could find a used tire to come back to richmond Virginia 256 miles away from home. I also owned a 2004 Chevy Impala and upgraded to the 2008 after having my car serviced 5 times for the same thing and low and behold I'm experiencing the same problem click click click...................................

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 142008


  • 7,000 miles
I was driving through a low area in the street that had a puddle of water to drive through. I was going to turn right and the steering wheel would not turn and then all at once it did turn. I did not have any more water to run through until about a month later in a hard rain and it did it again. This was also when I wanted to make a right turn. This all happened in lakeland fl. I contacted bill heard Chevrolet in plant city fl and made an appointment. They checked it out and said they could not make it do that but they ordered parts ( a new belt) and installed a few days later. Another rain storm and it did the same thing only this time the instrument panel lights all come on for about a 1/2 minute. I reported this to the dealer and they said bring it back in a they would check out and replace the tensioner. I was driving back to Michigan and I was at the Georgia and Tennessee state line in a rainstorm and it locked up again. I contacted cliff anschuetz in alpena mi and made an appointment with them. They checked it out, put water on the belt but said they could not make it happen. Another service rep said he would take a look at it and put on a new belt and tensioner and they did. The belt always squeals when you first start up in the morning. It still does that and I have no doubt the power steering will lock up when it rains. First incident date was sometime in March and to date. This is a very dangerous problem.

- Millersburg, MI, USA

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