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 6 of 14)

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problem #172

Jul 102013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Power steering assist went out and wont return now truck has 80000 + miles.

- Fairview, WV, USA

problem #171

Jun 212014


  • 54,000 miles
While driving at low speeds the power steering fluid seems to be getting to hot and breaking down causing the power boost to go out, making it very hard to steer.

- Spencer , IN, USA

problem #170

Jul 072014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
The past few days the steering on my 2010 Traverse has been locking up at slow speeds. This locking of the steering wheel is happening more frequently and makes it impossible to turn. It occurs when you are trying to make a turn at slow speeds. While trying to turn at intersections or into parking spaces you have to power the wheel to turn and make several attempts. You can also hear the steering gear box winding very loudly.

- North Bergen, NJ, USA

problem #169

Nov 012013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • miles


While driving, especially when going around a curve, turning to the left or right onto another street, turning into a parking lot or trying to park in a parking space, the steering wheel is very difficult to turn. At times, it is almost impossible to turn. I have contacted my GM dealership who tells me there has been no recalls for this problem and that my power-steering pump needs replacement. I am highly doubtful of that as this seems to be alot of 2010 Chevy transverse owners complaints. GM needs to step up and initiate a recall.

- Rose Hill, VA, USA

problem #168

Jun 202014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 72,500 miles
Our Traverse has a groaning noise coming from the steering column at slow speeds. I had the dealership diagnose the problem. They came back telling me it needed a new steering rack because it will get worse and possibly I will loose my power steering entirely without warning. In doing some research and visiting with repair shops it is evident that this is a recurring issue and needs to be resolved by GM with a safety recall. GM has since redesigned the defect for newer model cars. I can only hope this gets resolved soon before there is serious injury.

- Detroit Lakes, MN, USA

problem #167

Apr 212014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
At slow speeds (under 25 mph) power steering fails making it very difficult to steer. No accidents yet, but there have been numerous close calls entering driveways or making turns at intersections where I could not steer tightly when the power assists goes out - barely missing other vehicles and pedestrians. Repair shop stated that fluid levels are fine, the pump is working, and there are no leaks in the system. Dealer service stated that there are no recalls. Now that I have over 100,000 miles I am being told I will be responsible for all repair costs.

- Mcfarland, WI, USA

problem #166

May 142014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 77,500 miles


The issue was first observed when initiating a 90 degree right hand turn into a parking space at approximately 10mph. The wheel did not respond to the turn and felt as if it was being grabbed or pinched, the only driver option was to immediately apply the brakes. The wheel then had to be muscled in order to turn the vehicle. Since that instance, this issue has increased in frequency and has become a daily occurrence. The issue has been observed by all three regular drivers of the vehicle. More often than not, the vehicle must be reversed to re-initiate the turn so as not to hit other vehicles or pedestrians. Additionally, it was independently observed by our mechanic when taking the vehicle for a test drive after performing unrelated work on the vehicle. A related issue observed includes a sensation of pinching or binding of the steering wheel when initiating a turn at low speed; after experiencing this brief sensation the wheel then turns without issue. The dangerous aspect of this issue is that the driver is not certain that the wheel is actually going to turn. However the driver cannot just apply the brakes as that may result in getting rear ended and at the same time is apprehensive about muscling the wheel. The vehicle was just brought in for inspection of the steering issues by our certified Chevrolet service center. Their diagnosis indicated that the steering rack requires replacement at an estimated cost of $1600 and needs two (2) days in the shop. They indicated it was not a drive train warranty item. Current mileage on the vehicle is approximately 80,000 miles.

- Brewster, NY, USA

problem #165

Jun 102014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
When I try to make a turn my steering wheels locks up and is hard to turn.

- Ada, OK, USA

problem #164

Mar 012014


  • 59,000 miles
2010 Chevrolet Traverse. Power steering goes in and out while turning at slow speeds - it sometimes works/sometimes not. Particularly noticeable when attempting to park, or turn from at stop at an intersection. Very much a safety concern due to the unexpected loss of the power steering while trying to make a turn - either into a parking spot, or while turning through traffic at an intersection, and then the strength needed to turn the wheel. Problem started at less than 60K miles. After some research, appears this is a common problem for the Traverse and related GM vehicles.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #163

Sep 182013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Power steering would lock up for 5 approximately seconds when making a turn at a slow speed 25 mph or less. Seems to be doing it more frequently 1-2 times per day. Had it looked at a Chevy dealer could find no thing wrong. Had it at a local repair shop he changed the power steering fluid-stated that it appeared really dark and dirty. This did not help with the steering problem.

- Cloverdale, OH, USA

problem #162

Aug 242013


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while attempting to park the vehicle, the steering wheel seized and became difficult to turn. The failure recurred intermittently. The dealer stated that the steering gear needed to be replaced due to a leak. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #161

Jun 022014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Loss of power steering at slow speeds on hard turns.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #160

Mar 012014


  • 62,000 miles
I have a 2010 Traverse. With in the last 3 months the steering has become a daily problem. When making turns from 25mph or less you loose control of the car. The steering will freeze up when it chooses. Sometimes it will happen at the start of a turn sending you straight toward on coming traffic!! we had it in for an oil change (May 2014) and asked the dealer to check the steering. Dealer said there was nothing wrong and the vehicle is fine. It still continues to occurrence on a daily basis. We don't have the money to bring it to the dealer to have the pump replaced. I'm looking for other options on how to repair/replace it the most economical way? until I have this problem resolved it will mostly be just an around the town vehicle do to the fear of it may happen while on the highway. I cant believe with this many complaints GM hasn't done anything to correct this problem. Its time for a recall.

- Cheshire , CT, USA

problem #159

Feb 102014


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated while driving approximately 15 mph, there was a sudden loss of power steering and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing, who stated the rack and pinion and the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Wellsville, NY, USA

problem #158

Jun 012013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
As the mileage on this vehicle reached around 80,000 at times it became more and more difficult to steer at slow speeds such as in parking lots. I thought it might had been the tires but after having all tires replaced and aligned this steering issue continues. The problem is steadily becoming worse. I have not experienced any steering problems at speeds of 55+ but I see from the other complaints that it may be an expensive repair.

- Summerfield, LA, USA

problem #157

Dec 252013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The power steering pump failed. There has been repeated grinding and steering issues over the ensuing 4,000 miles (6 mo) since the replacement. It seems that many other owners are experiencing this at 40 - 60K miles, past the lifetime of the warranty (3 yr / 36,000 miles).

- Blauvelt, NY, USA

problem #156

Sep 202013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 91,725 miles
Complete loss of power steering at speeds less than 20 mph. My wife couldn't turn the wheel. Car was taken to the dealer and the power steering pump was replaced. Cost of $641.84.

- Sale Creek, TN, USA

problem #155

Jun 242014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I am having trouble turning the wheel when trying to make U turns or entering parking spaces. Don't notice it until I'm slowing down and making a turn. It feels like it is catching and my wheels are going to lock up. Afraid to drive with my 3 kids in the car. It happens everyday.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #154

May 092013


  • 70,000 miles
Having the same problem everyone else is having with steering. When going slow & turning or backing up it seems like power steering kicks off & then comes back on. Started happening after it reached 70,000.

- Kearney, MO, USA

problem #153

Jun 092014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 79,459 miles
While driving from durango to silverton co. Through all the turns, I completely lost the ability to turn. I had to brake hard in order to not go off the road. Vehicle came to and was able to drive again but now it happens repetitively.

- Durango, CO, USA

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