really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,888 miles

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2016 GMC Canyon steering problems

steering problem

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2016 GMC Canyon Owner Comments

problem #16

Nov 022019


  • 46,046 miles


The vehicle lost power steering while on the highway. Vehicle was towed to repair shop. Computer could not pick up the problem. Power steering was working again.

- Blooming Grv, NY, USA

problem #15

Oct 112019


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2016 GMC Canyon. While driving approximately 20 mph, the steering lost power and the service power steering, anti-lock braking system, and stabilitrak indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to mills GM (218-297-0074, located at 14138 dellwood dr N, baxter, mn 56425) where it was kept for observation. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that a similar failure occurred in 2017 and the power steering sensor was replaced. The failure recurred in early 2018 and the power steering was repaired by the same dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 29,000.

- Nisswa, MN, USA

problem #14

Oct 072019


  • 7 miles
Multiple times over the past 10 days the dashboard on my 2016 GMC Canyon (purchased in mid 2015) displays a warning of power steering proceed with caution or service stabilitrak. The steering wheel tightens and I've had to pull over and turn off the truck. Issue seems to be fixed once the truck starts back up. Twice it's happened on the freeway, several other times in the street at various speeds, whole turning and while driving straight.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #13

Sep 032019


  • 141,000 miles


The contact owns a 2016 GMC Canyon. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle began to pull towards the left or right while attempting to drive straight. When the contact attempted to turn the vehicle at low speeds, the vehicle hesitated to turn and attempted to steer straight ahead. Robert woodall Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac (located at 1063 riverside dr, danville, va 24540, 434-797-1411) was contacted, but could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the failure was currently occurring while driving various speeds. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 141,000.

- Vernon Hill, VA, USA

problem #12

Sep 172019


  • 55,000 miles
While driving I lost power steering causing the truck to pull into next lane. Luckly no other vehicle was near. GMC dealership said the are not aware of any issues with steering gear box for the 2016 Canyon. This very dangerous as I see other complaints. It needs to be looked into. And costly $1900 dollar repair.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #11

Aug 172019


  • 45,500 miles
I was driving on a freeway 80mph and the steering went out. This caused the vehicle to veer from the left lane into the center lane, fortunately there was no vehicle in the center lane. GMC stated it was just a defective part. My opinion is that it is a failed design that would allow a vehicle to loose steering at 80mph. The vehicle has 46,700mi. I have had noises in the front and rear of the vehicle and am concerned that this may have contributed to the loss of steering. I have returned the vehicle to GM five times to fix the noises with no success.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #10

Sep 162019


  • 44,927 miles


The contact owns a 2016 GMC Canyon. While driving between 35 and 55 mph, the steering wheel seized. While the vehicle was stationary at a stop sign, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic for diagnostic testing or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 44,927.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 072019


  • 27,289 miles
For no apparent reason while driving, my steering wheel will pull very hard to the right. I have to hold the steering wheel tight and turn it to my left to get back to center. During this time I can feel the pressure from the steering wheel trying to go right. This usually last for a few minutes then it corrects itself. It has occurred while I was driving on city streets at posted speeds.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #8

Mar 172019


  • 71,338 miles
Takara recall. My service power steering on my 2016 GMC Canyon is coming on. I was informed that this could be dangerous and that the 2015 Canyon had a recall. I'm hoping that you will fix this issue, before something bad happens. I took it to the shop and they put the computer on it and it says that a poor circuit is causing this. Can you help me out? thank you.

- Bronte, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 312018


  • 14,500 miles
Intermittent problem removing ignition key from ignition. Has been to dealer once. They replaced the safety lock switch for the center console gear selector. The lock switch in the steering column will not set, resulting in inability to remove the key. Key remains in accesory position and will eventually drain battery>

- Sebastopol, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 052017


  • 703 miles


Case # 10940128 while backing from a curb my power steering did not work and lost all steering control, dash message said "service power steering system" and had a dismiss button that I pushed and then immediately my steering returned, I called on star which did a diagnostic test and reported no problems, I drove it home, and took it to the dealers the next morning they plugged it in found a problem code, there was a service bulletin out on it, and the part oem 22966597 had to be back ordered, and which told me this is a common problem, and was told that they had two other trucks with the same problem earlier that year, I as even told to drive the vehicle until the part came in which I refused due to the safety issue of losing control of the truck I the power steering failed

- Breckenridge, MN, USA

problem #5

Jan 062017

Canyon 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2016 GMC Canyon. Upon starting the vehicle and reversing, the power steering failed and the service power steering warning indicator flashed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Breckenridge, MN, USA

problem #4

Oct 012016


  • 1,300 miles
The contact owns a 2016 GMC Canyon. While driving approximately 35 mph, the power steering and stability control warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle began to jerk, the speed reduced, and the power steering failed. The contact had to turn off and restart the vehicle in order for the power steering and speed control to function correctly. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 1,300.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 292015


  • 12,000 miles
On 12/29.2015 at approximately 8:00 am on a clear bright day I was driving near my my home returning from and errand. I was approximately 90% through a slight right turn when the electronic power steering went out causing the vehicle to leave the road, continue down a ditch hitting a concrete drive, concrete mail box and a power pole. The vehicle was totaled and I had soft tissue bruising, cuts and abrasions.

- Wright City, MO, USA

problem #2

Apr 082016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2016 GMC Canyon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V054000 (steering) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 292015


  • 5,600 miles
Faulty electric power steering caused vehicle veer off the rode hitting a concrete wall, concrete mail box and telephone. Vehicle was totaled. The vehicle was North bound a two black top road at a slight right hand turn.

- Wright City, MO, USA

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