NHTSA — Steering: Hydraulic Power Assist System Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
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Average Mileage:
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2004 Pontiac Aztek steering problems

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2004 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 282004

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The consumer states that just two days off of the lot she started having problems with her ABS braking system. A new hardware kit was installed and it still did not help the problem. The ABS problem was that the vehicle was really shaky and made some type of noise while braking. It would make her brake pads wear out real quick. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer several times. The dealer put new springs on the suspension. The consumer has had problems with the brakes, power steering, gauge is broken, radio lights. The gear sticks and she has to hold it really tight and pull it really hard to make it go into another gear and it makes a boom sound.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012004


  • miles
While making a left turn, a winding noise was heard coming from the steering column. The vehicle then stalled. The consumer tried to restart the vehicle, but was unable to. The driver applied the brakes, but the pedal went to the floor and a loud grinding noise was heard from the front. The transmission locked up. The driver was able to coast the vehicle to the shoulder. The driver turned off the vehicle and then restarted it. The consumer was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that a steering pump was needed, but the brakes and transmission problem could not be duplicated. The consumer informed the mechanic this problem has occurred more than once. The dealer and the mechanic were aware of the problem.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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