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Crashes / Fires:
25 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,242 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 20 of 33)

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problem #265

Aug 272010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 83,297 miles


Almost daily, the wrench light turns on and the display in the center reads "power steering." Occasionally, this is accompanied by a complete loss of power steering, making it very difficult to turn at low speeds. Turning off the Malibu usually resets the light and error message; however, this problem usually recurs shortly after restarting the car. I was told by a dealership that the only way to correct this problem would be to have the steering column replaced at my expense.

- Wausau, WI, USA

problem #264

Aug 242010


  • miles
2004 Chevy Malibu standard clunking noise when steering. Steering wheel locked up on me when shifted in reverse. Power steering displaying on dashboard, vibration coming from steering at 65mph.

- Brooklyn Center, MN, USA

problem #263

Aug 052010


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While traveling 10 mph and attempting a right turn, the steering wheel suddenly became stiff and impossible to move. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired for the failure. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileage was 87,000. Updated 12/14/2011 updated 11/28/2011

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #262

Aug 132010


  • 189,900 miles


Power assist steering problems.

- Landover, MD, USA

problem #261

Jul 312010


  • 56,000 miles
Sporadic power steering /service engine soon light coming on and no error codes in computer. Finally on July 31 I got in the car and service engine light and "power steering" came on but steering was fine until I went to take a left turn at a busy intersection and power steering quit working and had to turn the car by main force !! if my wife had been driving no way she could have controlled it !! GM needs to issue recall on this all too common problem before someone is killed !!!

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #260

Jun 152010


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph the contact lost control of the vehicle while trying to avoid a crash. The power steering locked causing the vehicle to crash into a guard rail and roll over. The contact suffered an injury to the arm. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact was taken to the hospital for further examination. Before the crash occurred the steering column was replaced twice. The contact was concerned that steering column caused the crash to occur. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 83,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #259

Jul 152010


  • 45,365 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the electrical power steering failed intermittently. The power steering light would illuminate and the wheel would become difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the steering rod was replaced; however, the failure occurred again. The vehicle was in the dealers possession when the complaint was filed. The contact had not spoken with the manufacturer. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 45,730. The failure mileage was approximately 45,365.

- Alsip, IL, USA

problem #258

Jun 182010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering failed while driving various speeds. The vehicle became extremely difficult to maneuver when the failure occurred. The failure occurred six times in the last two months. The check engine light started to illuminate before the steering failure occurred. The dealer had not been notified. The contact stated that there were numerous complaints related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 30,000.

- Fresh Meadown , NY, USA

problem #257

Aug 092010


  • 104,000 miles
My daughters 2004 steering locked up need to look in to this as I looked it up on internet and there are 200 + complaints just for that reason.

- Lawrenceburg, KY, USA

problem #256

Aug 062010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I own a Chevrolet Malibu 2004 ls V6. Recently I have been noticing some repeated incidents of sudden loss of the power assisted steering, and the car all of a sudden becomes very difficult to steer in the desired direction, which makes is scary to drive it. Once the car engine is shut down and the car is restarted, the power steering comes back to normal and then this happens again at any point in time. I have definite safety concern with the vehicle right now.

- Kitchener, 00, USA

problem #255

Aug 032010


  • 50,575 miles


2004 Chevrolet Malibu steering became jerky while on interstate at 63 mph. Steering wheel travel appox. 1 inch left and right with no effect then immediate turn with swerve when steering 'kicked in'. vehicle pulled over to side of road. Car was turned off and inspected for possible tire problem. None found. Car started and steering was back to normal. After approx. 7 more miles, steering exhibited a 'notched' area of 1/4 inch steering wheel travel with no steering control. Turning was normal past the notched area with no swerve. Another 2 miles driven under this condition with no change (1/4 inch notch) car driven today to check out steering a total of 15 miles with no problems at all. Could not duplicate problem. Note: Had another car been in the passing lane next to us, it would have been hit by us due to the swerve experienced.

- Beaver Falls, PA, USA

problem #254

Aug 012010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu lsd6. The contact was driving approximately between 15-20 mph, attempting to make a left turn and the electric power steering clicked into the off position unexpectedly. The steering wheel became extremely difficult to turn and caused the vehicle to bump up against the curbside. The power steering then clicked back into the on position. The failure occurred repeatedly. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing, however a trouble code was not detected. The contact planned to take the vehicle to another authorized dealer for a second opinion. The failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 11/03/10. Updated 12/7/10

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #253

Jul 182010


  • 82,620 miles
While driving at 75 mph on interstate, power steering failed which made vehicle extremely hard to steer. Fortunately, vehicle was able to be pulled off the pavement. Engine was shut off and vehicle restarted. Power steering then operated normally. On second incident, power steering suddenly became inoperative while turning and vehicle came very close to hitting another vehicle while turning. Again, after turning off engine and restarting, power steering operated normally. A third incident occurred while driving at moderate speed. Vehicle was able to be driven off pavement and engine restarted. After restart, power steering operated normally. Vehicle was taken to dealer repair facility and the problem was discovered to be an internal failure of the steering column. The steering column was replaced at a cost of $664. The vehicle mileage was 82,707.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #252

Mar 032010


  • 55,000 miles
This is the second time my 2004 Malibu ltz power steering locked up on me. The first time it locked up was Nov 2009, as I was driving downs madison St. The mechanic replaced the rack N pinion, this appeared to solve the problem temporarily. The second time the problem happen was March 3rd, 2010, I was pulling out of my garage, made a right turn onto Ohio and almost hit kids getting out of school because the car kept moving in a straight direct even though I was attempting to turn. I spoke to the dealer ship today and they said they do not know of a recall but are aware of the problem with Malibu.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #251

Jul 012010


  • 63,000 miles
Intermittently, over the last few weeks, a mechanical warning light came on indicating a power steering issue on my 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. I took the car to my local mechanic. He hooked it to the computer analysis and found no issues. He did indicate that after doing a little research that Chevrolet had provided a customer satisfaction campaign # 04050A to address this issue. I had never been notified by Chevrolet. I called my Chevrolet dealer and the service manager indicated there has been no recall on my car so I would have to pay for any repair. After doing a little research, this seems to be a fairly common problem on the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The power steering system on this model is electrical, not hydraulic and seems to have a high number of complaints. I am hoping that Chevrolet recalls and repairs this defect.

- Parkton, MD, USA

problem #250

Dec 122008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Power steering fails without warning. I've had the power steering motor replaced twice.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #249

Jun 302010


  • 65,000 miles
Wife started up her car after work on June 30th, come to find out, the electronic power steering failed and, good thing, she wasn't driving when it went out or else there could have been an accident. Now, it fails every once and awhile, still steerable, but very hard to steer. If you shut the car off, then, it goes a way for a while but then power steering fails again later on. We were driving down the interstate and it did the same thing while going 75mph. We're trying to research on if this is a recall or what the problem could be. Something needs to be done, I've seen a lot of complaints on the Chevy Malibu about the electronic power steering failing.

- Pierre, SD, USA

problem #248

May 012010


  • 57,000 miles
The driver owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The power steering failed and the contact was unable to move or turn the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who stated that the power steering sensor failed. The dealer replaced the steering column. The manufacturer stated the vehicle VIN was not included in recall 09E005000 steering; therefore, the failure did not exist in the vehicle. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 59,000.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #247

May 212010


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu lt. The contact stated there was an abnormal clicking sound sporadically coming from the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times but the dealer was unable to diagnose or duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where he was advised the failure was within the power steering. The mechanic replaced the power steering column and the air bag sensor at the contact's expense. The failure mileage was 78,000 and the currentmileage was 79,000.

- Sterling , VA, USA

problem #246

Jun 162010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 55,600 miles
Power steering failure.

- East Aurora, NY, USA

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