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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,259 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 13)

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problem #231

Apr 012016


  • miles


There is a recall. Chevy is refusing to honor because they state I'm over the mileage they set as acceptable.

- Henderson, KY, USA

problem #230

Feb 272016


  • 111,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle in 2011. On four occasions the car has lost power steering. It happens while turning. I have to pull over, turn the engine off and back on again in order for the power steering to function. It has happened on a city street as well as while exiting the highway.

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #229

Jan 102016


  • 182,000 miles
Driving this car loses its power steering. GM states my car is not included in recall even though they installed a defective sensor.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #228

Mar 262016


  • 171,000 miles


The contact owned a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the vehicle also started decelerating while the accelerator pedal was being depressed. As a result, the contact was involved in a crash but the details were not available. The contact was able to get the vehicle pulled to the side of the road and shut it down. The vehicle became difficult to restart. The vehicle was driven a little further and the failure recurred. The vehicle was shut off and would not restart. The vehicle was towed. The vehicle was side swiped by another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. There was no police report filed. There were no injuries sustained. The vehicle was not destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 171,000.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #227

Mar 262016


  • 185,000 miles
Power steering loss randomly, Chevy will fix some models but not all. Mine was covered in a special warranty but due to mileage its no longer covered. Not fair, repair is expensive and some other models have a lifetime warranty with the same problem.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #226

Mar 052016


  • miles
Twice I have been stopped and go to turn the wheel and it won't budge. I have had to shut the car off and let it sit for a minute before it will work again. My steering is also very stiff when turning to the left, but loose when turning to the right. My power steering fluid is fine. My VIN doesn't show up on the steering recall list.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #225

Mar 022016


  • 160,000 miles


My power steering went out and all Chevy deaslerships are saying my VIN isnt apart of the recall so I'd have to pay $1300 to get it fixed. This issue can cause crashes, ive had alost 6 accidents since the power steering went out

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #224

Feb 192016


  • 128,000 miles
When driving the power steering and ESC turns off randomly

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #223

Feb 162016


  • 170,000 miles
Had a power steering malfunction at 45 mph coming off of the highway onto an onramp that nearly caused an accident. Power steering went out and service ESC light came on. I'm 6 foot 6, 260 lbs. A smaller person would not have been able to control the vehicle at this speed. This morning, I started the car and the power steering was out. I shut down the engine and started it again and the power steering worked. I am afraid to drive it in fear of the safety of my children.

- Mt. Zion, IL, USA

problem #222

Feb 012016


  • 180,000 miles
Electric power steering intermittently fails. Eps warning appears on dic and hard steering until car is stopped and restarted. Failure happens when car is moving and stationary. Car is not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 because it was manufactured in August 08 vs June 08. This recall must be expanded. A simple internet search can reveal that

- Pontotoc, MS, USA

problem #221

Feb 082016


  • 161,000 miles


I have a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and the service ESC light comes on followed by power steering and then there is a sudden power steering lost. Chevrolet says it is not their responsibility yet there are thousands of records of the same issue and they will not cover the cost to fix it.vehicle was in motion

- Manchester, MD, USA

problem #220

Sep 182012


  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel became extremely tight without warning and the ESC warning light remained illuminated. The dealer was notified of the failure and indicated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14E044000 (steering) and 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was taken to a repair shop for further inspection. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and 12V460000 (power train). The dealer was to schedule both recall repair appointments. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 175,000. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 04/06/16

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #219

Jan 202016


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that he was experiencing the same failures as listed in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The VIN was not included in the recall. While driving 70 mph, there was an abnormal grinding noise coming from the steering column. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Rogers, MN, USA

problem #218

Jan 302016


  • 120,000 miles
My electric steering pump suddenly stop working yesterday while driving on street. Two warning messages appeared on eic. " check steering" "ESC off check". I have read on many forums, by Chevy Malibu owners, have complain having same issue. I' M concern for my family safety if this steering pump fails again at greater speed.

- Converse, TX, USA

problem #217

Jan 052016


  • 189,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 50 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and moved independently to the left and right. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle and keep it in position as the front of the vehicle began to shake. "power steering, eps not engaged" was displayed across the message board. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the electronic power steering sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 189,000.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #216

Jul 062015


  • 60,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that there was a progressing failure with the TPMS warning light randomly flashing. The contact also stated that while pulling into a parking area, the power steering failed and the steering wheel became extremely tight and difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the technician was unable to diagnose or replicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) and 14E044000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,500.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #215

Jun 012015


  • 75,000 miles
The power steering jerks on a hard turn either direction and makes a growling sound. The operation smooths out in the straight forward position.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #214

Jan 012016


  • 154,000 miles
Power steering msg comes on while driving. Took in for repair and power steering torque sensor needs replaced. This is listed for other Malibu years but not 2009 the repair cost $575. The vehicle is not listed under current recall but suffered the same problem. Problem occurs while driving and is a known safety issue affecting other model years. I was sent a letter informing me of a "special warranty" from GM and told to take the letter to the repairshop. The dealership said I would have to pay for the repairs even though they are covered under the "special warranty letter" because my car is outside the warranty coverage parameters!!

- Kentwood, LA, USA

problem #213

Dec 312015


  • 96,960 miles
Upon driving after a while on the interstate and then to residential driving..steering wheel "locked up " while the panel flashed "ESC " and " power steering ".turned off car...waited restarted and was able to drive..shortly. Once again, it repeated the same problem at a intersection, where I nearly got hit and was unable to turn my steering wheel to get out of traffic nor pull to the side. I had to wait I traffic, again after turning the car off. Restarted, but this time was able to get home with my son in his car seat in the back..very scary for us.this has happened before, recently several days ago and prior, but first time with my son in the car. Seems to happen more with the temperatures lowering.....

- Edmonds, WA, USA

problem #212

Dec 312015


  • 167,000 miles
Vehicle in airport parking lot and temp was 29 degrees. Started vehicle and proceeded to leave parking lot. Power steering warning appeared on dash board. Continue diving on interstate for next 15 minutes to reach home. About a half mile before reaching home, service ESC appeared on dash. Did not lose control O vehicle and vehicle has no been moved since. New years day 2016, no dealer service is open. I understand this is a known issue with the Malibu, however my VIN # does not appear to be part of the recall. Will take to dealership for diagnosis.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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