NHTSA — Steering Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,987 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Aurora steering problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Aurora Owner Comments

problem #15

Feb 042015

Aurora 6-cyl

  • miles


On 2/4/2015 bought a 2001 olds/Aurora from an individual, nice and clean drove it back to hometown approx 60 miles. I than drove it to a corner store and while leaving the corner store, I drove to distance and all of a sudden, steering wheel, brakes, anti-lock system and all electrical shut off completely. Thank god their was no incoming traffic.....

- Wharton, TX, USA

problem #14

Dec 192014

Aurora 8-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
The vehicle was parked and once I put it into reverse to back out of the parking space, the engine locked up and the steering, brakes, gas didn't work. I had to take the key out of the ignition and restart it. This is the third time that I've had this issue within the last 3 months and the previous 2 instances occurred while the vehicle was actually moving and accelerating. I have had some extremely close calls that could have ended very dangerously because of this issue. I use my car keys without any other keys attached, so that it's as lightweight as possible. In the past year, this same exact issue has happened 8 times and is beginning to occur more and more frequently. I would really appreciate some recognition of this issue.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #13

Nov 222014


  • 130,000 miles
When slowing down to accommodate another car, my vehicle began unable to accelerate and then I noticed that the brakes had locked up as well. I had to take the key out of the car and restart it for it to work again.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #12

Oct 022014

Aurora 8-cyl

  • 120,800 miles


While slowing my speed to get onto the ramp to the expressway, my steering wheel locked completely and wouldn't allow me to turn. Additionally my pedals stopped working and my car came to a stop. I had to turn the car completely off and restart it.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #11

May 292014

Aurora 8-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
I was slowing down at a stoplight, decreasing my speed, alternately using the brake and coasting. The steering wheel then locked up and the pedals stopped working and the car completely stopped. I had to turn the engine totally off and restart it for it to work again.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #10

Feb 202014

Aurora 8-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
While coming to a stop at a stoplight, the steering wheel seized up and the pedals locked. The engine stopped. I had to turn the car off and then start it again.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 152013


  • 186,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora. The contact stated that while driving 25-30 mph, the rack and pinion fractured, causing the contact to lose control of steering capabilities. As a result, the contact crashed into a ditch. She was not injured. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 186,000.

- Harrison , AR, USA

problem #8

Apr 142011

Aurora 8-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
For the last 4yrs. I have been problem after with this car. Especially with the rack and pinion I have the rack and pinion replaced twice in a two and half year radius. Now today on 7-18-12 I have to get another rack and pinion. Its has to be a defect because it always break during hard left turns or bracket breaks only on passenger side. Their are a lot of electrical malfunctions such as engine light is always on for various reasons ABS light blinks on and off, check oil light, and the check stability system. GM needs to recall this vehicle for all the cost I have to put in this vehicle for rack and pinions is ridiculous. This is goin to be the third rack and pinion since I had the vehicle.

- Edgewood, MD, USA

problem #7

May 212012


  • miles
2001 olds Aurora with 62K actual miles has hard/no steering at slow speed (turning into parking lot...driveway etc). Taken to dealer...dealer installed shaft, bearings and cleaned.repaired the pwr steering pump and the problem still exists...happens on and off...dealer can not find a problem....

- O'fallon, MO, USA

problem #6

Oct 152009


  • 95,000 miles
Sometimes when driving the car will attempt to accelerate on its own. If the car is placed in neutral the engine revs and when the car is put back into gear the car launches itself as though the throttle was pushed. This has happened on several occasions and there is no pattern to it. The brakes will stop the car but the stopping distance is much longer then without the engine racing. The steering column makes a clunking sound even after having the steering shaft replaced. This is very noticeable at low speeds or when it is damp out. At times the anti-lock brakes don't feel like they work. The car has new brakes but it didn't make a difference.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #5

Feb 082006

Aurora 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles


: the contact stated the vehicle's steering column made a grinding sound while turning left or right at 5mph or below. The vehicle was taken to the local dealership on numerous occasions. The dealer inspected the vehicle in January 2005 and determined the eye shaft was fractured and needed replaced. Although the part was on back order, it was never received. The result of the eye shaft failure led to an upper tie rod on the left front becoming excessively worn. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer for inspection recently. The contact was informed the remedy part was still on back order from the previous year. The dealer offered to rebuild the faulty eye shaft, but made no guarantee that would remedy the problem. However, the vehicle is at the dealer awaiting repairs.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 072005

Aurora 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 olds Aurora - 6/16/2003 power steering was making a noise after engine warmed up. They replaced the gear and reset toe. Then on 6/15/2005 the power steering made a groaning noise and they replaced rac/pin gear. On 11/07/2005 the steering wheel was groaning and the shaft/ steering intermediate was replaced. This is 3 steering problems in two years. In June of 2003 the car had 18,238 miles. As of 11/07/2005the car had 35,272 miles. This model obviously has a steering problem.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jun 282004

Aurora 6-cyl

  • miles
While turning the steering wheel the consumer heard a clicking noise. The dealership replaced the steering shaft, and lubricated the inner steering shaft. But the problem recurred.

- New Kensington, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 292004

(reported on)

Aurora 6-cyl

  • miles
While turning, the consumer noticed the steering wheel was making a clicking noise. The dealership replaced the steering shaft, and lubricated the inner steering shaft, but the problem recurred. The steering shaft was replaced on 6/10/03 and on 11/12/03 the intermediate shaft was lubed.

- New Kensington, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 202001

Aurora 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
The steering system grinds when turning, can fill every litte bump in steering wheel, had the tires and steering replaced. Fixed promblem only momentarily. When there are cold temperatures the promblem is worse. Lights have always flickered. Have had many quality repairs on car. Car as died twice while driving.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

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