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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,668 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 8 of 9)

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problem #38

Mar 172014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles


The power steering keeps going has gone out on me as I was turning a corner and I went into someone's yard almost hitting a telephone pole. I have a hard time turning the wheels when it goes out and my wife drives this car everyday. This is very unsafe and could injure someone. Chevrolet should have a recall or give vouchers to get it fixed since I was quoted a price of $700 to get this resolved. Why does it take someone dyeing to get recalls to happen?

- Enon, OH, USA

problem #37

Mar 012014


  • 92,400 miles
Was driving home from work on expressway. Power steering came up on display and steering wheel was almost impossible to turn. Took to dealership and code stated that steering column needed replaced. Huge safety issue cause there was no warning and steering just froze. Very lucky that there was no accident.

- Chicago Heights, IL, USA

problem #36

Feb 012012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
My vehicle is experiencing steering problems in which it is hard to steer the wheel of the vehicle while making turns and driving. Also, the airbag light is on on the dashboard. The vehicle warning light also displays traction control.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #35

Jan 242014


  • 42,000 miles


Driving on the highway when we got a power steering warning light and the power steering went out. We took the vehicle to the Chevy dealer where we bought it bill jacobs Chevrolet in joliet Illinois and they said the warranty was expired and GM refused to take responsibility for it. It had just over 40,000 miles on it. This is a safety issue and both the dealership and GM swept the problem under the table..oh, by the way they did charge us 1,200 dollars to repair it.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #34

Feb 242014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 76,481 miles
I was driving home (ct) from work (NY) when all of a sudden my power steering wasn't working then the ESC light came on the dash board was reading service ESC / power steering. The has been no problem with the power steering until now which made the ride home scarier then ever with no power steering it was had to turn the vehicle.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #33

Feb 172014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I had slowed down to get off an exit and the power steering word came up on the dash.

- Mckeesport, PA, USA

problem #32

Jan 202014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 49,120 miles


I was backing up from the store and I heard a traction noise doing from the steering wheel, it got worse stiffer and stiffer to steer, I have 2 children in the car with me scare to death to hit something!, my husband took it to the dealership they charged us 520 dollars with a discount they said. So upsetting because it is a 2010 Malibu only 49000 miles, doing some research I know there have been cars recall from GM from the same problem!!! are they waiting for someone to die to do something about it!! so upset!

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #31

Feb 122014


  • 101,500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the steering wheel seized as the power steering warning lamp illuminated. The contact shut off and restarted the engine several times before the power steering warning lamp no longer illuminated. The vehicle was not taken for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of failure. The approximate failure mileage was 101,500.

- Mount Washington , KY, USA

problem #30

Feb 052014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 89,700 miles
While driving the service ESC light came on and my vehicle lost all power steering. I pulled over, turned car off and back on again, power steering came back to normal and lights went off only to come back on and lost power steering again. Now I can hear a clicking noise coming from the steering column and the steering wheel is jerking. I will be contacting GM about this as I see this is happening to several 2010 Chevy Malibu owners. I have contacted the dealer who I purchased the vehicle from to no avail. Not good!

- Northville, NY, USA

problem #29

Feb 052014


  • 95,000 miles
Our 2010 Malibu started having the power steering light coming on while the vehicle is moving. Afraid we will loose power and not be able to handle the car.

- Montrose, MI, USA

problem #28

Jan 252014


  • 140,000 miles


The power steering sensor is bad and to repair it they say the entire steering column has to be replaced. This is my daughters car and would be bad if the power steering went out while she was driving. So far the steering has only failed when she started the car. This has happened two times in three days.

- Pratt, KS, USA

problem #27

Jan 242014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 89,500 miles
Traveling approx 40mph, ESC sensor went off and power steering went out as I was beginning a right hand turn. Turned off the car at the next stop light and restarted, service ESC light and power steering were back to normal. Continued to have the intermittent issue throughout the next few days to now where it stays on. Car is still functional, but turning is extremely difficult and would be near impossible for some people. GM service is $900 for a new power steering motor + labor. I generally am willing to pay to get service, but electronic power steering has been an issue for many years and many models of GM vehicles. This is something that should be warrantied/recalled outside of bumper to bumper as it is a serious safety issue if it were to go off and be the cause of any accident. As far as I can tell, it has warrantied in the past based on the Malibu forum information (2008 and previous).

- South Elgin, IL, USA

problem #26

Jan 122014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 31,240 miles
We were driving on our way home from church my wife and I at 45 mph when we lost the power steering immediately without notice.the ESC light came on. It was a miracle I was able to control the vehicle at the rate of speed that we were going considering I am a 65 year old diabetic. Thank you jesus!

- Clawson, MI, USA

problem #25

Dec 302013


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel failed without warning while driving 70 mph and the steering wheel had to be turned with force. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where a diagnostic was performed but to no avail. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 110,000.

- Orlando, TN, USA

problem #24

Jan 052014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
I was traveling approx. 30-35 mph, the roads were wet and slushy from a recent snow storm. Suddenly I lost all power to did not stall, I was just unable to steer. I attempted to pull off the road and because I was unable to steer correctly....I went into the snow. I suffer from a neuro-muscular disease (ms) so I have limited ability to control the car without power steering. I proceeded to turn off the car, when I restarted it, the fault message on the dash disappeared and the power steering returned. I was able to back the car out and continue to a safe place to park. Today I put a call into the dealer who sold me the car to see if their had been some sort of recall on the power-steering components. My next call tomorrow will be to Chevy. I live in a snowy part of the country and I find this very dangerous and potentially could cause a serious accident. I checked the internet and I see many others who had the same problem. I don't know how to have this repaired as I am living on a limited security. If so many people had the same problem, why hasn't Chevrolet recalled these cars to make necessary changes so that this does not happen to others. While I am the primary driver of this was bought for me by my boyfriend. The name on the registration is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #23

Aug 042013


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering assist warning lamp would illuminate sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection however, the technician was unable to diagnose the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 03/05/14

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #22

Nov 272013


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. The contact shut the engine off momentarily however, the failure recurred once restarted. The failure was recurring. In addition, the contact stated that the sunroof would leak whenever it rained. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the technician was unable to diagnose the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #21

Nov 272013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 72,440 miles
I was driving 60mph on the highway as I was exiting the highway I came to a redlight and made a complete stop. As I was ready to make a right turn the steering wheel stiffened, power steering message displayed on my dash and then the steering wheel would not turn without making a strong effort with my two hands to turn it. There was a line of cars behind me. I checked online and this website and this seems to be a common issue with my model and year vehicle.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #20

Nov 272013


  • 72,440 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while attempting a turn, there was a sudden loss of power steering with the illumination of the warning indicator. The steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 72,440.

- Oklahoma City , OK, USA

problem #19

Nov 242013


  • 53,896 miles
While driving on the highway, my car lost power. Several vehicles almost struck me on highway, very very, scary experience.. during driving, following messages appeared: 1)eng pwr reduced 2)service ESC 3)service traction 4)ESC off 5) service airbag. I also noticed the car shuddered extremely bad. The rear brake lights illuminated while I was not compressing the brake, and I had no acceleration. After pulling to the side of the road, the brake lights turned off. The RPM jumped between 3000-4000. After turning the car off and letting it sit for approx 5 min. The warning messages disappeared, however ses light remained. 2 codes presented today. 1)C0242 2)P2135. Will be contacting customer care, and taking car to dealer tomorrow. Extremely unsafe driving conditions. Not alone, many people have same issue. Car still randomly illuminating for service airbag.

- Metheun, MA, USA

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