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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
45,153 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments

problem #16

Dec 302015

Monte Carlo

  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel failed to maneuver properly while turning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09E005000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Oneida, KY, USA

problem #15

Dec 312013

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 107,110 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle independently veered to the left and crashed into an embankment. The driver was killed. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and was not inspected to determine the cause of the steering failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 107,110...updated 10/28/14....updated 04/08/15 updated 11/4/2015

- Roanoke, AL, USA

problem #14

Jan 182013

Monte Carlo 8-cyl

  • 103,580 miles
I was driving down century boulevard my speed was approximately about 35 R 37 miles an hour, the speed limit is a 35 miles hour zone.when all of a sudden all the traffic suddenly stopped real fast, it was about three to four in front of I try to brake that's when my steering wheel got hard to where I couldn't turn away in time so I can avoid a a result I hit a lady car from behind on her left side bumper and to my right side bumper.there where no injuries, no police report was file.we had just exchange information and insurance information.before this had took place my I could not turn off my ignition having problems with my power steering and if I brake too hard my steering columns with jurr or stiffen up making real difficult for me to turn.

- Pacioma, CA, USA

problem #13

Nov 282009

Monte Carlo

  • 54,403 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the power steering failed and there was a leak from the low pressure hose twice. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer each time where it was diagnosed that the power steering hose needed to be flushed. The vehicle was repaired both times but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer who inspected and diagnosed that the low pressure hose had split in half and needed to be replaced. The power steering fluid was cleaned and refilled with new fluid. The power steering pump was also replaced as well as the low pressure hose. The contact also stated that the hydraulic steering unit failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 54403.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #12

Oct 292009

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
I am currently having problems with my steering at different intervals. When taking the interstate exits on 4 recent occasions my power steering fails and it is hard to turn the steering without veering into another lane. I am also having lack of power steering intermittently when I am not accelerating or when I come to a stop light. This morning when turning the wheels the power steering pump is making a loud noise. I have had this problem 4 times before and the power steering pump has been replaced and I have had the steering gear (re-conditioned) replaced 3 times. I checked the power steering fluid and it is full. This is costly and dangerous when it occurs.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #11

Apr 012010

Monte Carlo

  • 39,480 miles
Power steering became increasingly difficult to maneuver, accompanied by gradually worsening noise. Upon inspection, noted that power steering fluid reservoir was empty. Added fluid which temporarily alleviated both problems. After driving car approximately 25 miles, problem returned and fluid was again empty. Attempted to add fluid again and noted that it was leaking profusely, leaving a large puddle beneath the vehicle. Researched issue on the internet to identify likely cause and recommended action and discovered that GM/Chevrolet was already aware of this particular problem, specifically with the year, make and model of my vehicle. I parked the vehicle and contacted the dealer to make arrangements to have it serviced. Due to the possibility or likelihood (based on past history) of a vehicle fire, the dealer had the vehicle towed to their location.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #10

Nov 152008

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles


I have a 2006 Chevy Monte Carlo (V6) and the power steering return hose has exploded 3 times. I asked the dealer to change the power steering pump, but he claimed it was a design flaw and he gets at least one Monte Carlo per week with the same problem. I now open the cap to the power steering fluid reservoir everyday to relieve the pressure. You can actually hear the pressure release like when you open a can of soda. I haven't had any problems since, bit I don't take the car on long trips and if I do the pressure may increase to the point where the hose blows again. This is a very dangerous problem considering I nearly crashed twice because the hose blew in mid turn.

- Merrick, NY, USA

problem #9

Apr 182008

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 37,567 miles
Failure of both outer tie-rod ends. Caused car to have loose steering and wander about road. Replaced at cost of $219.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #8

Nov 082009

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • 54,403 miles
Complete power steering failure in a curved intersection. Heard a whine in motor for about a week before the event. Was able to complete the turn and drive the six blocks to home using very hard manual steering. Had to have a new power steering pump installed for $336.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #7

Sep 202007

Monte Carlo

  • 10,000 miles
2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo lt w/ flexfuel engine. 1. I was exiting a highway and the steering became stiff and hard to control. It progressively got worse. 2. a power steering hose ruptured/split, total failure of hydraulic assisted steering. 3. part was replace by dealer via warranty replacement. Dealer said they were aware of a raising trend, but no recall was issued.

- Glen Cove, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 222009

Monte Carlo

  • 63,400 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving 55 mph, the contact lost control of the steering. He was able to slow down the vehicle and maneuver to the shoulder. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the power steering hose failed. The vehicle was repaired at the cost of $123. The contact called the manufacturer and was informed that no compensation would be provided because there were no recalls. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 63,400 and current mileage was 63,502.

- Charlestown, IN, USA

problem #5

Jan 212008

Monte Carlo

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving approximately 25 mph, the power steering suddenly failed. The failure has occurred approximately ten times and only in cold temperatures. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice and they stated that the clamp at the end of the power steering lines was the cause of the failure. The clamp has been replaced at least six times by dealers and private mechanics; however, it has only been a temporary remedy. The length of the remedy depends on the temperature outside. The repair can last for two days or as long as three weeks. The contact called the manufacturer numerous times, but they refuse to repair the vehicle. They stated that he was responsible for the repairs. Through online research, the contact has found numerous complaints for the same failure. The vehicle has still not been repaired properly. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 45,000 and current mileage was 55,000.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #4

Dec 242008

Monte Carlo

  • miles
I have a 2006 Monte Carlo w/35K miles, clean title. Took it to Chevy 2 months after purchasing it in August, 08. Steering issues appeared, very dangerous when driving. Chevy, "repaired" the issue, but 3 days later, the problem re-appeared while parking to move out the way for a car coming at a fast speed and almost got hit due to the defective steering. This scared my brothers 10 month old baby and we knew this had to be resolved. I'm not quite sure what I can do as this issue seems to be "repaired" but it is a very dangerous issue and I'm sure if you research it, you will noticed it is on a vast majority of GM vehicles. Please advise as to what I can do. I'm currently financing the vehicle, and would like to plane and simple cancel the contract. I'm afraid something worse down the road is possible of happening, and don't want a child to be apart of the scenario in the event it is a crash.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012007

Monte Carlo

  • 1,000 miles
I bought my 2006 Monte Carlo, it has less than 23,000 miles on it. I have experienced continued harsh shifting/slippage of the transmission since I purchased it. I have had it in the local Chevy dealership a few different times and they are not able to diagnose the problem. They say they can't fix it if it doesn't shift hard for them when they have it. Just yesterday I had to have it towed to the Chevy dealership because it blew a power steering hose.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 012009

Monte Carlo

  • 58,500 miles
While sitting at a stop light my 2006 Monte Carlo unloaded it's power steering fluid on the pavement. The return hose had failed. This appears to be a common occurrence as it is the second time this happened in 3 years of ownership.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Feb 012006

Monte Carlo 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2006 chev. Monte-carlo, bought new with 9 miles on it. I complained to my dealership ( cooper chev. Anniston al. ) about the car had a light shifting movement from left to right in the front of the car, ( at 90 miles a hr. The card will dart to the left into the other lane )also a very loud wind noise coming from the windshield area, my dealership drove my car and said yes your car have a movement in the front end, and a wind noise coming from the windshield, they had me to test drive another Monte Carlo and it did the same as my car did, so my dealership said you do not have a problem with the car, since the two cars have the same thing, its normal for this car to do this. You have no problem. My dealership never even looked at my car, never raised the hood, I took my car to another dealership, they test drove my car and stated you have wind noise coming from both doors, the windshield, the bumper is loose, the grill is loose, the wiper blades are mounted too hi, I told my dealership about this and they said, I know them they can't find there way out of the rain with out help. I took my car to another dealership, they help a lot fixed some things wrong, but could not fix the wind noise, or find anything wrong with the front end, my car has a safety issue with the front end shifting or floating from side to side, I can not get a GM person to look at my car, or any help because my dealership keeps saying I do not have a problem. Since 2 cars do the same thing. I need help with this problem.

- Talladega , AL, USA

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