Print this page Notes: There are serious power steering concerns for the Traverse. Data shows that owners are having a difficult time with their power steering quitting, particularly at low speeds.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,002 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse steering problems

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Comments (Page 13 of 14)

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problem #32

Feb 082013


  • 46,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, there was a complete loss of power steering assist without warning. The steering wheel required excessive force in order for the contact to continue driving. The failure became progressively worse over a period of time. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to duplicate the problem. The vehicle contact was awaiting diagnosis of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Taylor, MI, USA

problem #31

Jun 012013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
At slow speeds the power steering fails. This is very dangerous because it usually occurs in parking lots. Why is there no recall since this is a common and dangerous problem"?"

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #30

Mar 052013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
At speeds below 20 mph the steering locks up.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #29

May 012013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Our 2010 Chevy Traverse has recently started having problems with power steering in low speed conditions. It has nearly caused us to wreck on multiple conditions. At speeds above 10-15 miles per hour we have not had any problems. I started doing some research (), for example and discovered that there have been thousands of complaints on this same issue and GM doesn't seem to recognize it as an issue that needs recalled. It has cost anywhere from $500-$1200 to repair depending upon geographic location and the severity of the problem. Please pass this info along to the proper authorities to look into a nation wide recall.

- Linton, IN, USA

problem #28

Jan 242013


  • 129,765 miles
Loud whining noise while turning, and occasional difficult turning period. Contatced Chevy dealership and they quoted $1000, repair when I explained the issue. Took to mechanic who flushed the power steering fluid but the issue persisted. I've seen numerous complaints about this issue on line, it has to be addressed by the manufacturer before someone is seriouly hurt or killed.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #27

Jan 012013


  • 45,000 miles
Intermittently the car's power steering will not respond. It is usually at slow speeds in parking lots but at times at slower speeds in traffic. My wife and young daughter (16) can barely steer the car when this failure occurs and have had some close calls trying to steer the car in close traffic. We called the dealer (winchester, va) and the service department spokesman acted like he was oblivious to this problem and wanted us to bring it in. This is happening to thousands of GM cars and they along with NHTSA need to do the right thing, a recall, regardless of the governments stake in GM. Toyota would have already been recalled. Please do not wait for a death toll.

- Berryville, VA, USA

problem #26

Sep 012012


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the power steering pump and rack needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #25

Feb 042013


  • 40,000 miles
For months and months I heard a noise from the steering it needed oil. We checked the fluid and noticed it was low. We have to repeat the fluid every month or so. I was driving and all of a sudden my steering became stuck. Now I need $1000+ repairs for a vehicle that is only 3 years old w/ 40,000 miles. This is unfair.

- Gloversville, NY, USA

problem #24

May 012013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Steering rack binding and not allowing vehicle to turn. Several near accidents when turning onto streets or into parking lots near other cars as the car will be stuck on a path unless driving physically is capable of pulling steering wheel through the bind.

- Franklin, OH, USA

problem #23

Apr 052011

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
There was a small amount of leakage on garage floor. Then the stearing at slow speeds had become very hard to turn.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #22

Nov 262011

Traverse 3-cyl

  • 37,395 miles


I purchased this vehicle as a GM certified used vehicle in late December 2010. Nov26'11 @ 37,395 miles the front brake pads were replaced and the front brake rotors were resurfaced. In May 2012, I was rear ended at stop light and a couple of days later, I started experiencing shaking when applying the brakes and was told it was a maintenance issue when taken in for repair. Jun15'12 the front brake rotors were replaced. Nov30'12 vehicle taken in for service once more with same complaint of shaking when applying brakes or when coasting - front disc brake pads were replaced and front brake rotors were resurfaced. It is now may'13 (52K mi) and I am experiencing the same issues once more, however the shaking is much worse to the point it feels as if the front wheels will come off while braking. I contacted dealer to get service history, and found that this issue was present before I purchased the car.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #21

May 012012

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
At low speed I was unable to steer clear of an obstacle because the steering wheel became very difficult to turn, almost to the point of locking. I had to force the steering wheel with both hands to have it move at all. The lockup caused loss of steering and I struck another object. The problem comes and goes and now is becoming more and more prevalent. Doesn't seem to be any consistent pattern, hot, cold, short drive, long drive, etc. Problem occurs while turning in both the left and right direction. At times I get the feeling that it happens while applying the brake.

- Ocean City, NJ, USA

problem #20

May 012013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
When slowing down or doing maneuvers at slow speeds the power steering impedes steering. It feels like it is actually fighting you. It is a hazardous problem and may cause an accident. Doing a Y-turn is almost impossible due to the steering issue. We are taking ours to a dealership to have it repaired.

- Strum, WI, USA

problem #19

Apr 012013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Intermittently, my 2010 Traverse's steering system locks up when turning at low speeds. Sometimes the problem will not allow the turn to be completed. My 16 year old child, who is a driver's education student, was driving the vehicle when the problem presented and nearly had a head on collision due to the fact that she could not complete a left hand turn that she was making. In researching this problem, I notice lots of posts of the same problem with the same vehicle. This is a manufacturer's defect and should be addressed by the company.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #18

Jun 082012


  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2010 Traverse around 40,000 miles the steering started locking up when tuning at a low speed, especially in parking lots, etc. Sometimes I even have to try and back up and turn with all my might to get the car to turn in parking spots. This started out as a couple times a day not it is almost every turn I make. This is very dangerous and has almost caused me to have a wreck several times. I have researched and there are way to many complaints for this same type of problem. Chevrolet must make a recall and fix this problem before someone is seriously injured. Please help us!!!

- Philadelphia, MS, USA

problem #17

Mar 132013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • miles
The vehicle is hard to turn at low speeds. Took it to the dealer and their diagnoses was that the rack and pinion needed changing at a cost over $700. Had new rack and pinion installed at a mechanics shop for less.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #16

Apr 292013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
I have power steering failure with 91000 miles. The dealer told me the tsb for this isssue would cost me about 1300 dollars.. since there is whine evident and the pitch changes with vehicle speed. At idle, you need to be like a gorilla to turn the wheel, but once you gas it, some assist is provided, this is not the first issue with this car. A/C line from compressor to condensor broken, ,, $700. Water pump leaking, ,, drivetrain warranty. Steerring wheel shimmy at various speeds since about 20K mile, " no problem found" even though it has been in several times and they never seem to duplicate the shaft seal leaking. Waranty covered that one.this is our second Traverse.. our 2009 with 6300 miles had a very rough idle and check engine light on.called onstar for diag. They were able to see faults, but could not get specific results for some reason. Thety asked if I neede a tow, but the dealer was only 2 miles from me, I started to drive there. At the last lights before turning into the shop, it appearred as though I had an engine fire and could not even see out the windshield. Was told that the coil feel out of bracket on fire wall and dropped onto exhaust.. since when does this car have a coil on the fire wall. Then I found out the real issue. On of the pistons was disinagrated and completly gone. Chevy wanted to repair the Traverse. Every computer component needed to be replaced as well. They started the work and ordered all the parts. After 30 days wernt by and they still had no engine fron Chevy, I called them on lemon law. They took possesion of our 09 and replaced it with a 2010. We had to come out of pocket for about 1100 dollars and also were denied the interior protectio package that we purchased with our 09. Loss of 1300. I have a very poor opinion of Chevy's recent products and we have been a Chevy family for 4 different. Loosing faith.

- Wilton, CA, USA

problem #15

Apr 182013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 93,235 miles
Steering makes a loud grinding noise and steering gear failure. Delay and binding up when trying to turn at low speeds. Dealer confirmed repair bulletin exists but General Motors denied warranty repair. Found 40+ ntsb/NHTSA issues with Chevrolet Traverse steering. This is a safety concern affecting the steering ability of the vehicle. New steering gear, housing, hoses, and fluid change to dexron is required. I need help please!

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #14

Apr 012013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 25,401 miles
The steering console sounds like it is rubbing or catching. Doesn't feel like the power steering is going out but definitely rubbing sound.

- Beaver, UT, USA

problem #13

Feb 012013


  • 106,000 miles
At low speeds, the power steering fails. When turning into parking spots or trying to make turns onto other streets or roads, you lose all power steering making it difficult to turn. I just recently bought the vehicle and didn't notice the problem until about a week later. It does not occur all the time, but too often when you least expect it.

- Winnsboro, LA, USA

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