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 8 of 14)

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problem #132

Dec 282013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles


The 2010 Traverse first incident happened while driving cross country. The steering went out. You could not turn with out brute force. It was taken to a Chevrolet dealer ship and an new power steering pump was put on. Once back to our home town same problem happened. Took to our local Chevrolet dealer they replaced same power steering pump (dealership didn't charge for previous Chevrolet dealerships work). Third incident we almost hit a parked car and a building because the steering locked up and would not turn. Took back to our local Chevrolet dealership and the replaced more parts and the power steering pump again. And not to sound like a broken recorded but its back at the dealership for another power steering pump. There is no more trust in this vehicle. Someone's going to get hurt if they don't diagnose the problem.

- Grangeville, ID, USA

problem #131

Sep 102013


  • 60,000 miles
At low speeds the steering becomes unresponsive as in locks up and will be very hard to turn if at all for a many seconds, which can seem like an eternity when you are turning from an off ramp or across traffic. Shifting the card to neutral and increasing the RPM's has not effect, keeping the vehicle in drive the problem will eventually fade and the power steering will come back to normal. It doesn't do it every time, but seems more likely to happy when coming down from speeds above 30mph and then slowing down to make a sharp turn into a drive way or ramp.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #130

May 012014


  • 98,000 miles
Nearly ran into another vehicle as the power steering suddenly stopped working. This occurs every time the vehicle is being turned at low speeds. It does not matter whether you are traveling forward or in reverse. This problem has been ongoing for over 3 months. This is very dangerous and needs to be taken seriously by GM as a recall situation.

- Riverton, WY, USA

problem #129

Feb 012014


  • 51,000 miles


Power steering goes without warning. Usually at lower speeds. Hit a curb while trying to turn into a parking spot.

- Leesport, PA, USA

problem #128

May 072014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 49,157 miles
At low speed or while try to park vehicle would lose power steering in vehicle. Changed the power steering fluid problem remained. Have taken the vehicle to the GM dealer told the steering gear needed to be replaced.

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #127

Apr 092014


  • 100,300 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle became difficult to maneuver and the steering wheel vibrated. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,300.

- Waynesboro, TN, USA

problem #126

Dec 042012

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 550,000 miles


Nothing has happened thank god. But there is a problem with my Traverse since I purchase it from the lookout Ford dealership in morehead, North was over 6 months when I took it in to the Chevrolet dealer in morehad city North Carolina. When I took it for its oil change also it had a recall in its water pump that it has not been fix.. when they inspected the mechanic told me there is something wrong with my steering and I told him no that's how it drives.. he said I got a couple here go test one but I did not have the time to do so.. till today the steering on it been getting harder im just afraid I might crash please help me I cant afford the extended warranty. Im sure this is a bad part. Reason I bout this vehicle was to fit my kids and now I don't feel safe driving this around.

- Havelock, NC, USA

problem #125

May 012014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My wife stopped at stop sign and try to turn to the street but the steering became very hard to turn and the completely lost of power. She off/on right away but it was able to move. Second time off/on after waiting for a minutes was able to move the car. I have contacted dealership and GM (866-790-5700) about the problem.

- Sparta, NJ, USA

problem #124

May 012014


  • 65,000 miles
Notchy feel to steering at lower speeds...1-40mph. Dealer states that car needs new power steering pump. Looking at the complaints already logged this is an obvious problem.

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #123

Feb 192014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
At low speeds, power steering goes out intermittently. Dangerous at intersections, exit ramps and stop signs when sharp turns are needed.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #122

May 182013


  • 40,000 miles


Upon trying to park the car, the power steering failed. Continues to do this when either parking or turning.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #121

Aug 192013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel was hard to turn. The contact also mentioned that the failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Merryville, TN, USA

problem #120

Feb 142014


  • 60,000 miles
I contacted GM and they are contacting the dealer where I purchased my 2010 Traverse. Having the car only 6 months and found the steering was locking up called dealer and they checked out the car, needs power steering fluid because its leaking and the steering gear box needs replaced. 1,310 just to fix the car. Why is there no recall"? I have small children and we bought this for a family vehicle. Now I shouldn't even be driving it and how will I get to work" something needs to be done. Atleast Toyota fixes there vehicles at no cost to the customer. GM cant even do anything for there's just take there money.

- Burton, OH, USA

problem #119

Mar 032014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
When traveling at slow speeds(parking lots, turning in/out of streets) the steering will become very hard to turn or lock up and then comes back. This is an extreme safety issue when trying to pull into traffic or turn across traffic. I have teenage drivers and this is not acceptable!

- Glasgow, KY, USA

problem #118

Mar 172014


  • 100,000 miles
While driving/turning at slow speeds (20-30 mph) or in parking lots the power steering quits. There is no warning and then it starts working again. So off and on would best describe it. The first incident was terrifying because I was driving in the rocky mountains going around hair-pin curves and the steering went out, but then came back. My whole family was in the vehicle! what if I could not make the turn and we drove off the mountain side? this is a very serious problem! I took it to the dealership and they said maybe it was the fluid and added more and that there is no recall. The problem is not fixed. I am not a happy Chevrolet owner right now. Please figure out the problem and have a recall before someone dies.

- Mclouth, KS, USA

problem #117

Apr 142014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 72,400 miles
Power steering failure at low speeds. Happens when turning from a stop at intersections and making low speed turns. Very scary situation. Multiple occurrences, spoke with shop and was told these vehicles have a lot of power steering problems. Very expensive fix.

- Eudora, KS, USA

problem #116

Mar 192014

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 25,500 miles
While driving in a parking lot I heard high pitched squealing from steering. Then all of a sudden I could not turn to left or right. Luckily parking lot was not to crowded and I was able to park. Once in park I tried to shut off vehicle but was unable to remove key from ignition. After minutes of messing with it I finally got the key out. Since then I still hear squealing and steering is different. I noticed my car was leaking something and told my husband who took my car to dealership. They said I need a new gear box. I don't even have 27000 miles on my Traverse and have already had to replace the O2 sensors now this. I really liked this car but I don't have the money to be paying for this lemon!!! I went online and in several other states there are class action lawsuits for this same problem. This is a huge safety issue. Please help or direct me in what I should do. Thanks

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #115

Jun 032013

Traverse 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I bought this car as a used vehicle in 2010 with approximately 29,000 miles on it. I first begin noticing steering was an issue June of 2013 when driving at a slow speed and turning into the driveway or parking lots. I thought it was my alignment and went and had the tires rotated and aligned and it still continued to be hard to steer. It has gone from gradual to dangerous!!!! December of 2013 went to nc and had to drive on some very steep hills with very sharp curves and several times it was almost impossible to negotiate the turns. Went and had the power steering fluid checked and it was fine. January of 2014 had the power steering fluid checked again and was still fine. The steering still continued to get worse with faster and slower mph rates. March of 2014 (I had my 10 year old daughter with me) while negotiating a curve at approx. 30 mph I could not get the wheel to turn to the left and almost went through the guardrail on the right and into a creek. I had a semi truck behind me that almost hit me as well. I finally got it turned in the nick of time. It really scared myself and my daughter. God was with us that day. On April 12, 2014 while having plenty of time to make a left hand turn from a main road onto a secondary road the steering went out again and in the meantime a car was coming from the opposite way and almost T-boned the vehicle with my daughter in the passenger seat. This steering issue is a daily continuing thing regardless of which way I turn or the speed. Something has to be done regarding this before accidents results in fatalities. My tires on my vehicle are only 14 months old and worn out in the front from where it is so hard to turn (and the tires on this type of car are not cheap)

- Wheelersburg, OH, USA

problem #114

Aug 212012


  • 60,000 miles
My 2010 Traverse power steering went completely out. Still not working. My truck tends to roll some after being in park on the brakes. My windows power doesn't work thru driver door. My ac stop blowing thru front vents. My seatbelts doesnt work properly. My second row pops up and glide while sitting in the seat. This truck has many problems.

- De Kalb, MS, USA

problem #113

Sep 192012


  • 65,000 miles
Vehicle looses power steering at low speeds while turning on multiple occasions. If turning into parking spot, into traffic, or performing a U-turn steering gets extremely difficult nearly causing multiple incidents with no warning. Afraid to let my wife drive this vehicle much longer since it's designed for families with children. Unacceptable when looking online and finding multiple customers having same issue.

- Washington, MI, USA

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