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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse steering problems

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Comments (Page 14 of 14)

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problem #12

Feb 012013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles


At slow speeds, you lose power steering when trying to park in parking spots, turning curves, and turning off onto other streets. Very dangerous driving when you are expecting to turn and can't turn because of the power steering failure. This should be looked into before someone in injuried or even killed. This does not occur all the time, but occurs too often when you least expect it. I've just purchased vehicle and did not know about the problem until after I had the vehicle about a week.

- Winnsboro, LA, USA

problem #11

Mar 162013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Noted power steering fluid in driveway. Had it diagnosed at the dealership as a leak from the steering column. Was told the steering gear assembly had to be replaced at a $1300 charge. I've researched the issue and found many, many complaints regarding this same problem. I have also read complaints that various repairs had been made to solve the steering problems with other Traverses, but still problems with the steering system occur. I'm concerned my steering may go out entirely during travel and end up in a fatality. A recall should be required to rectify this issue.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #10

Dec 122012


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering assist failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000 and current mileage was 96,000.

- Warrenson , MO, USA

problem #9

Jun 012012

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Steering wheel will become very stiff or freeze up when making a turn. This has happened many, many times creating a very dangerous situation. This type of problem should not occur this quickly, if ever.

- Jasper, AL, USA

problem #8

Dec 032012


  • 90,000 miles
At slow speeds the power steering stops working. This happens regularly.

- Portland, MI, USA

problem #7

Jan 072013


  • 43,355 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the power steering assist failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the power steering pump would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure and current mileage was 43,355.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #6

Jan 142013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 20,535 miles


Vehicle had been parked in garage when we noticed pink fluid under car. Took it to local repair shop where they diagnosed the power steering gear valve solenoid is leaking. Have to take it to dealer for repair. Dealer has already replaced steering gear input housing (10-29-12) and said they had 4 Traverses in with the same problem that week.

- Douglas, WY, USA

problem #5

Jan 082013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Our 2010 Chevy Traverse required an entirely new power steering system after 65K miles and 3 years. It required $2500 worth of repair; a pump, gear, hose, clamp, and fluid. Our car was one of 4 Traverses and 2 acadia's at century Chevrolet dealership requiring the exact same repair at the same time. Also, contacting other mechanic's in the area in an attempt to price compare, we were told this is a known design flaw in these vehicles within the auto repair industry which GM has yet to do anything about. The internet is rampant with a multitude of related stories of power steering issues in these vehicles. A recall should be required of GM to rectify this issue.

- Erie, CO, USA

problem #4

Aug 152012


  • 55,000 miles
Car at slow speeds feels like power steering has gone out, hard to control going around corners...have seen many other complaints on same thing but looks like Chevy doesn't know what to do....Chevy vehicles are crap and will never buy another one...get it fixed Chevy before someone kills themselves.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #3

Sep 292012

Traverse 6-cyl

  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Traverse. Consumer states steering gear housing had to be replaced

- Edgewater Park, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 232012


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that when making a turn at low speeds, the power steering made a loud noise and the vehicle stalled. The dealer was made aware of the failure who advised the contact to call the manufacturer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was 44,000 and the current mileage was 45,000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

May 012012

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Vehicle loses power steering assist at low vehicle and engine speed, such as pulling into parking space or driveway. Occurs infrequently and without warning. Local dealer looked at it and cannot replicate problem. Is safety issue as an unsuspecting driver could lose control and hit another vehicle or person.

- El Dorado, KS, USA

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