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Crashes / Fires:
25 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,050 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 24 of 35)

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problem #223

Mar 142010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 66,800 miles


Power steering turn off. Around 50km/H. warning light end bell came on. Very hard to keep the car on the road. Stop the car and turn on again every thing came back to normal. But until when? Chevrolet Malibu 2004 ls, 66800 kms.

- Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, 00, USA

problem #222

Mar 012010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I have been to the dealer at least 4 times for the electronic power assist on my 2004 Chevrolet Malibu for repair, replacement, and/or adjustments. My vehicle is now over 110,000 miles and a power steering notification light is coming on again. This time the light is not immediately followed with failure. No change to my ability to steer has been observed. It comes on usually after I start the car and make my first sizable turn of the wheel. I can sometimes avoid the light going on in the morning if I make slow gradual movements of the wheel but it will always come on when I start the car later in the day. Due to the high cost of the dealer fixing it and their repeated complete inability to fix the problem long term, I am left to trying to figure out the issue myself.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #221

Mar 012010


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for routine maintenance. The technician detected slight difficulty when turning the steering wheel and a squeaking noise. The vehicle did not require service repair for the malfunction. The contact stated the steering wheel was a minor defect. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were 25000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #220

Feb 262010


  • 55,000 miles


Contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at speeds of 50 mph, the power steering failed causing the steering wheel to lock. He was able to maneuver the vehicle off of the road and turn the vehicle off. Once the vehicle was restarted, the power steering reset itself and was operating normally. He also stated that the vehicle was in need of an alignment despite the fact that he had recently received one. The current and failure mileages were 55,000.

- Tinton Falls, NJ, USA

problem #219

Feb 092010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 22,845 miles
While driving the vehicle the steering wheel locks up and the vehicle can not steer.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #218

Mar 082010


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while attempting to turn the vehicle at 10 mph the power steering would suddenly shut off making the vehicle difficult to steer. This has cause the contact to almost drive the vehicle into a ditch. The contact has not called the manufacturer regarding this issue. The contact stated the power steering will cause a crash. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Albertville, AL, USA

problem #217

Feb 072010


  • 112,000 miles


After hearing an odd spark-electrical sound that seemed to come from the steering column power steering failed during routine driving causing loss of vehicle control. Steering column would not lock into place making it more difficult to steer without power assist. This has only happened one time as vehicle use has been restricted since the failure.

- Plainfield, IN, USA

problem #216

Jan 092010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. Whenever the contact drives the vehicle at any speed, in any driving conditions the vehicle will suddenly lose all power steering. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership. The current and failure mileages were 60000.

- Greenfield, MA, USA

problem #215

Feb 182010


  • 87,689 miles
Loss of power steering, on my 2004 Chevrolet Malibu.

- Ruffin, SC, USA

problem #214

Oct 152009


  • 45,000 miles
Power steering pulls hard one way soft another and can at random quit functioning at all. The problem I experience sounds identical to the recent GM recall and is a known issue. I am adding this because the NHTSA closed the investigation for this car and should reopen it.

- Newark, NY, USA

problem #213

Feb 052010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I have 2004 Chevy Malibu and I am occurring have power steering problems, I took my dealer and the diagnostic my I need to replace the steering column, steering intermediate shaft, that S is not and customer wear and tear that an manufacture problem, I went an alittle higher I contact GM file [xxx] and the said there are responsible for the steering go bad, will you please check into this issue for me contact info [xxx], if there other car having this same problem so is Malibu 2004 the wasn't and accident but it could be if this doesn't get fix.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #212

Jan 132009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
Started the car and the power steering locked up could not turn the wheel check engine light came on and message displayed on message center [power steering] turned car off and restarted, steering was ok at that time. This has happened 3 times since Jan. 13, 2009.

- Elmira, MI, USA

problem #211

Jun 152009


  • 163,184 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 40 mph when the vehicle started to decrease in speed without having her foot on the brake pedal, the power steering light illuminated and the steering wheel became very hard to turn. She turned the vehicle off and it was towed to a dealer who stated that there were no recalls or warranties. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who repaired the power steering. The failure mileage was 163,184 and the current mileage was 175,000.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #210

Mar 022010


  • miles
A few months ago, my power steering light began to come on. I took it to several places only for everyone to tell me that the car does not take power steering fluid and that they would have to hook the car to a computer to see what is wrong. Every so often, I would crank the car and have a hard time steering. I learned that when that happens, I could turn off the ignition and restart the car and the power steering would return. I have had my car serviced and twice, I have been told that they are not getting any code readings on the computer. Now, just recently, I was told that the steering column has issues. I read today about the recall on GM cars, but the 2004 Malibu isn't listed but I am having the same problems described in the article. I do not want to wait until I have an accident for my car to be on the recall list. I have already paid money to have the throttle body replaced on my car, I do not want to have to spend more for the steering column. The safety of myself and my infant son, as with others on the road, is of concern.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #209

Jul 012009


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The driver stated that his power steering failed whenever he drove the vehicle. The driver stated that the wheel became difficult to turn. The failure began in 2004 after he purchased the vehicle. The failure also caused him to drive into a ditch and crash into a fire hydrant while driving 15 mph. There were no injuries. He has notified the dealer. The failure mileage was 5,000. The failure mileage when the crash occurred was 120,000. The VIN was not available. The current mileage was 130,000.

- Batonrouge, IL, USA

problem #208

Jan 282010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 68,500 miles
Own a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu that has been driven normally over the course of ownership. Inexplicably the power steering light came on the drivers information center. Shortly after the steering locked up. It took several times turning the vehicle on and off to get the power steering to come back on. The failure occurs 4 to 5 times a week and we are afraid that it may cause an accident. Also, the steering column has been replaced but it has not resolved the issue. I have also noted that GM has initiated a recall for the same safety issue but for different models/years of vehicles.

- Altus, OK, USA

problem #207

Jul 172009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
I was driving my 2004 Chevrolet Malibu this summer when the steering wheel column locked up and wouldn't let me turn the wheel thankfully I was on a county road so I was able to pull my car to the side. I took it to the dealership and I had to get my steering wheel column replaced and then it happened again this time it only partially locked up, but when I took it to the dealership the steering wheel column had to be replaced again and I fear that something like this could possible happen again.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #206

Feb 262010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
The driver information center would reset the time. It also displayed "service air bag" as soon as the car turns on. When driving on the freeway, my steering wheel lost its power steering and the driver information center displayed "power steering" along with a car and wrench light flashing from the gauge window. This has not been fixed due to reading a customer satisfaction program that affected certain 2004 Chevrolet Malibu's. should not be responsible for a defect that the dealer was aware of. A real scare when driving on the road, let alone on the freeway.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #205

Feb 162010


  • 116,000 miles
The power steering just goes out while driving. Check engine light comes on and car says power steering and I lose all steering. There are numerous complaints on this issue and a recall should be issued.

- Tooele, UT, USA

problem #204

Nov 272009


  • miles
As my girlfriend pulled into a parking lot with my 2004 Chevrolet Malibu and just when I prepared to leave, the steering warning light came on and the alarm sounded. The power assist on the steering was not functioning. Turned off the car and restarted it and the problem went away. Aprox 2 weeks later, she went to turn into the driveway and the steering failed again. While these occurred at low speed, I do worry that it may occur while in traffic or in town, which may result in an accident. I can see from the reports at that this seems to be a very common problem with this vehicle.

- Rathdrum, ID, USA

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