NHTSA — Steering Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,155 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass steering problems

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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 282013

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles


Frame, where steering rack bolts to, rusted out. Steering rack became separated from the frame causing a dangerous steering condition. Frame needs to be replaced at a very high cost.

- Waterloo , IA, USA

problem #6

Nov 102003


  • 66,051 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass. The contact stated that the steering wheel would tighten when making right and left turns. He received a recall letter pertaining to the steering rack and pinion, which stated that the lower pinion bearings in the power rack and pinion assembly were not crimped properly. This is where the retainer tabs were located. The failure could allow the ball bearings to escape. The dealer repaired the vehicle according to NHTSA campaign id number 03V527000 (steering:rack and pinion); however, the contact felt no change in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer a second time for repairs, but the failures still persisted. In addition, the contact heard a loud continuous banging noise coming from the steering column. The failure mileage was 66,051 and current mileage was less than 125,096.

- Russelvile, AL, USA

problem #5

Mar 182006

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,083 miles
Total failure of steering system. Mechanical lock up. Steering wheel could not be turned by hand. Problem occurred at low speed close to home. The steering rack bracket separated from the frame. GM complaint # 1-399 751 487 March 18,2006.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 282005


  • miles


I currently have the following problems with my 1998 olds Cutlass gl. My power steering is stiff and makes a "wailing" noise. My coolent system has a leak. My heat and air have completey stopped working. I have had problems (in the past that have been repaired_ with my power window locking up (drivers side). The sound system shorted out. The cd player quit working. I have replaced my wiper blades several times and they still do not clear the windshield completely. One time when my teens were using my car, they were on the interstate and the car went completely dead...not only were they terrified, it was a very dangerous situation for them to be in.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #3

Mar 182004


  • 26,000 miles
While driving it was hard for consumer to turn the steering wheel left/right. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Mar 252003

Cutlass 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,950 miles
A week after I bought the car used in October 2002 there was noise from front left end of vehicle....there is another noise that comes from the steering when turning the wheels trying to park the car.....I took the car back to the dealer and they said they don't hear anything...also I had the car checked out the same day for the brakes...there was a squealing noise on the front left side and the car wouldn't brake properly...the dealer replaced the left brake pad..I haven't had any trouble with the brakes since...three weeks later I took the car back to the dealer for the steering noises and they said it would be costly for the labor to find out the problem and that it may not be covered by warranty...they said since it's only minor and is not causing any problems it would probably be better to keep driving it until something went wrong to where they would know where the problem was coming from....a couple months later..in March 2003, the engine coolant light came on continuously and the car was leaking engine coolant....after checking the car out, I had the water pump replaced....it has been a week now since I've had the water pump replaced and the engine coolant light hasn't came back on and the engine coolant hasn't leaked out yet..but now, when I turn the air conditioner on it, it goes out by itself and comes back on a couple minutes later...I haven't had the car checked out for that yet but this car is adding up to a headache and I haven't had it for 6 months yet..right now it's only at an estimated of 42,500 miles driven on it.....

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

Mar 051999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering pulsates when brake are applied. Rotors have been resurfaced twice, and replaced once. Dealer cannot find the cause.

- Viola, DE, USA

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