Electric Power Steering Going Out

2005 Pontiac G6 (Page 2 of 3)

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005 Pontiac G6 has major problems with two areas fairly critical to the act of driving... steering & safety.

The 2005 G6 has a major defect trend with electronic power-assisted steering failure. The power steering cuts out while driving, making it extremely difficult to steer. G6 owners typically report spending $600 - $1,200+ to fix the problem, replacing either the entire steering column or the power assist motor.

In March 2010, GM recalled 1.3 million vehicles for this exact problem "...after receiving 1,100 complaints of power steering failures." However the 2005 G6 wasn't included in that recall.

In July 2010, GM issued a "Special Coverage Adjustment" — TSB #10183 — covering "certain" (not all) 2005, 2006 & 2008 Pontiac G6's for power steering problems, up to 10 years/100k miles.

As of early 2013 the NHTSA had 300+ steering complaints on file for the 2005 G6, with 12 crashes & 4 injuries. The NHTSA closed their initial investigation in 2007, having determined that losing your power steering going over 15-20 mph isn't a big deal & that most crashes occurred at slow speeds, so not a safety risk. Ridiculous? Yep, we think so too.

The 2005 G6 also has an expensive problem with "popping" or "clunking" noises when turning, & that issue extends to newer model years as well.

Factor in the 2005 Pontiac G6's poor side impact protection & you end up with a vehicle you should steer clear of.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
73,900 miles
Total Complaints:
57 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (30 reports)
  2. steering column replaced (20 reports)
  3. more money (3 reports)
  4. replace sensor (3 reports)
  5. replace torque angle sensor (1 reports)
2005 Pontiac G6 steering problems

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2005 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #37

Mar 012010

G6 G6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,557 miles


I was driving down the road and my steering wheel locked up, like when your steering locks when you are parked. I had to slam on my break and shut off my car and restart it. It seemed fine but a mile down the road it did it again. i had to shut off the car several time just to get the steering to kick in so i could get it off the road. I could have killed someone or myself. I had someone drive it to the shop because because i was definatly afraid to drive it and the car did this to them 5 times in a 10 mile drive. The garage fixed it but how long until it does it again. I don't drive it very often before i am terrified of it happening again.

- Brittany R., Morgan, VT, US

problem #36

Sep 302009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,500 miles

Because of the electric power steering problem, I'm dreading summer. I bought a 2005 Pontiac G6 a little over a year ago and was thrilled. After a few months, however, the power steering started going out. For some reason (and I know this makes no sense), the hotter it was outside, the more I had this problem. Some people are reporting that it happens every now and then, but it got to the point where my power steering went out every day last summer, sometimes several times a day. I would have to turn off the car, restart it, and hope the warning light didn't come on; I dreaded the noise it made and seeing "Power Steering" flash across the information panel. Sometimes I would spend several minutes restarting the car to get it to work again. It would happen either when I started the car, after I would drive a short distance (across the parking lot), or sometimes when I arrived at a destination. I was lucky in that it never went out as I was driving someplace dangerous. As it got cooler outside, the problem slowed and I haven't had these issues in a few months. However, it's warming up outside and I'm scrambling to fix this problem before it gets me into an accident/makes me late for work/hurts someone/etc. I'm hoping they'll wise up and issue some sort of recall because this is ridiculous, as well as dangerous!

- katier, Chesterfield, MO, US

problem #35

Jan 122010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,875 miles

I noticed in January that is was hard for me to park. I called a mechanic and he told me it was my power steering and I needed fluid. Unbeknowst to me I have an electric power steering system. When I called other auto shops they said they had never heard of that kind of system, and the ones that have said the whole thing would have to be replaced. I have seen other complaints and pray to God my steering doesn't go out while I'm driving.So far it's just parking and turning the wheel is soooooo hard to do. Instead of issuing a recall it's under investigation. How many complaints does it take or are they waiting for someone to have a fatal accident to fix it?

- Alecia B., Chicago, IL, US

problem #34

Feb 192010

G6 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


The power steering in my car goes out pretty often. Probably once a month. When it happens it takes everything i have to pull the car over to the side of the road and restart it. This always seems to take care of the immediate problem but it is an ongoing issue.

- Katie P., Mathews, VA, US

problem #33

Oct 012009

G6 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 211,595 miles

The power steering went out twice. No warning. Reset when car was parked for the evening. GM is recalling the other lines, but G6 uses the same power steering, and the same problem, so why is this model not in the recall? BTW electric power steering is worse than a '77 grand marquis without hydraulics.

- William O., Hythe, Alberta, Canada

problem #32

Mar 052010

G6 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

I see that there are many complaint about the power steering, I have another to add to the list. I have 05 G6 and for the past 4 months that power steering comes and goes. MOst of the TIme my 2yr old son is in the car and I would hate for this to cause an accident I went to talk to a Bill Kay Pontiac and they let me know that it would be $150 for the first hour to look for the problem. I informed the service guy John that i had a person look at it and that it needs a power steering motor. The person that checked it out stated this is a common problem and that he surprisingly has the parts in stock this problem has affected 5-6 people that I know and still no response from the dealer...

- D C., Chi, IL, US

problem #31

Aug 312009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,620 miles


Power steering went out a number of times causing me not to be able to steer. all of these times were in traffic and very dangerous.

- Diane D., Richmond, VA, US

problem #30

Jan 272010

G6 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

I was driving on the freeway to go to school, when my steering wheel went really loose, and I couldn't steer very easily. When I tried to turn corners or park, the steering wheel would lock on me, and I would have to use everything I had in me to turn the wheel. It happened once a couple of weeks ago, stopped, and then started a few days ago. When I was driving back from school, it was so bad, I could hardly drive, I decided not to take the freeway, instead take the back roads, thank god, I may have crashed if I had taken the freeway.

- kelseetia, Kearns, UT, US

problem #29

Jan 112010

G6 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,560 miles

While I was driving my G6 the steering became nearly impossible to turn. Seems to happen more when I am making complete left and/or right turns. When I am stopped and trying to back into a parking space, I can barely turn the wheel.

- Sherry J., Asheboro, NC, US

problem #28

Dec 192009

G6 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I was driving my car over to a Christmas get together with my family when the power steering gave out in the car locking up causing me to lose control of my car. I had my 2 month old daughter in the car when this occured. I will never buy another GM product and I will discurage anyone else from buying one also.

- Kevin M., Newport, MI, US

problem #27

Oct 142009

G6 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles


I purchased the vehicle used with 52,000 miles. They immediately had to replace the steering column before I picked up the car. The car now has 68,000, and the steering has become difficult to turn, and has gotten worse since yesterday when it 1st happened. This is my daughter's car, and I will not let her drive it until it's fixed. Guess what, my daughter had a Grand Prix prior to this peice of junk, and it had the same problem. You'd think we would learn from our mistakes. I am a Ford, and Dodge man myself

- sarahsands, South Byron, NY, US

problem #26

Oct 122009

G6 GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Follow the link and file a complaint with the NHTSA and force another investigation on pontiac. MAKE THEM RECALL THIS PROBLEM. If you are like me and have this problem but are over the 70,000 mile limit on the coverage Pontiac isn't picking up one cent. FILE A COMPLAINT, CALL PONTIAC AND COMPLAIN TO THEM TOO.

1-800-620-7668 Pontiac customer service, its quick.


- Steven G., Eagan, MN, US

problem #25

Jul 222009

G6 GT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

A few weeks ago I had my car in reverse and when I braked to put the car in drive the radio flashed POWER STEERING and the indicator light on the dash went off, the power steering went out and I had to turn the car off and back on again. I still felt like I had too much play in my steering wheel but my car drove fine for a few weeks. A few weeks later the same thing happened again 2 days in a row. I took the car down to my local GM dealer and unfortunately I have to have my steering column replaced. The part itself costs $600. I don't have the money to repair the vehicle and my certified used warranty is up and the powertrain doesn't cover this. Fortunately the dealer is working with me :). There is hope for other people with this problem. I called GM's cust. service dept. and asked about the special warranty repair program for this vehicle. It fits vehicles purchased certified used from August 2008 to current. GM's phone number is 1-866-790-5600; your local service department manager at a GM dealer should be able to help with this information as well.

- munro, Gillette, WY, US

problem #24

Jan 012008

G6 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles

My power steering goes out EVERY time I turn on my a/c. I have hit a guard rail going onto an on ramp b/c when I turned into the turn the power steering failed and the steering wheel yoked. When I turn off the engine and restart the car, the problem is fixed until I turn on the a/c again. I have seen 3 different mechanics that have not come across the problem but apparently GM is aware of the problem b/c they fixed it on the newer '07 model. I know of people that have spent the money on the parts to fix the problem only to have it happen again.

- Jennifer B., Davie, FL, US

problem #23

Jul 152009

G6 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,050 miles

My wife was driving our 2005 G6 this morning and when the power steering failed she was forced to go head on into oncoming traffic narrowly missing vehicles and a major crash. This was the first time this had ever happened--no warning. A service light then appeared on the dash and the information screen indicated "Power Steering". Like any dumb ass wouldn't have already figured that out, after going head on into traffic because they can't steer the piece of shat. Pontiac headquarters says they have issued a courtesy extension to the warranty (mighty nice of them seeing that my wife could have been killed). The representative stated the bulletin was issued in 2007, yet no one notified us of this bulletin (but we got the recall notice for the brake lights). It only covers vehicles for 7 years / 70,000 miles for the steering component. Pontiac says it has been issued as a courtesy by GM--A COURTESY WOULD BE TO PREVENT DEATH, and actually let someone know their vehicle could lose the steering. YET NO RECALL---next call is to NHTSA.

- jaybird8, West Baldwin, ME, US

problem #22

Jul 132009

G6 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,142 miles

hi I'm just saying gm doesn't know how to make good cars. they only want money and don't take pride in their work that's why they can't sell cars. All I have to say is good luck with your gm product...problems with steering, door ajar sensors, check fuel sensors, remote lower ball joint, horn and electric. power steering was rebuilt

- Lopes J., Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada

problem #21

Aug 052009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,710 miles

I agree with a lot of people complaining about this steering problem GM should take a closer look at this. For me my steering locked while i was idling, I hope this will be the only time but I have my doubts.

- Jean-marc R., Chelmsford, Ontario, Canada

problem #20

Jun 182009

G6 GT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,400 miles

My power steering light has been coming on for about a month and I have consulted with two mechanics that said it has to be fixed by the dealer because it is "electric" power steering. The power steering went out only when I backed up then it reset itself when I started the engine again. The mechanic said this could be VERY DANGEROUS and you could lose control. The electric power steering is in the 2005, 2006 models but GM changed it in the 2007 models because of the problems. GM needs to issue a recall. I have children and to drive it in this condition is very unsafe. The estimate I received is around $700 to $800 to repair. GM should be ashamed of their self for not issuing a recall on this problem.

Update from Jul 2, 2009: 07/02/09 I took my car into the dealer, they indicated my car not only needed the steering column replaced but they also needed to replace the motor or reprogram the existing motor for the electric power steering. The cost to replace both will be $1,200.00. If they only reprogram the motor it would save me $400 now but there was only a 50/50 chance of it correcting the problem. I will pursue this with GM. This is awful!

- Tracie B., Sarasota, FL, US

problem #19

Jun 112009

G6 GT 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,503 miles

I bought my 2005 G6 Gt brand new and have enjoyed it worry free for the most part. However, a couple weeks ago I noticed a problem...when I would turn the steering wheel sharply to the right...the wheel seemed hard to turn and when I turned to the left it turned too easy...causing me to oversteer a few times. So, I thought this problem was a bad tire or something like that...I had that looked at and it checked out fine..but it continued doing it. I was annoyed to say the least but one morning I was on my way to work and while approaching a stop sign I heard a chime...and the check engine light came one...and then the information screen on the radio displayed POWER STEERING...my power steering went out completely. Luckily I was less than a mile from home and coming to a stop when it happened...I was able to turn around ( with great effort) and get the c ar back home. Once I got home I looked up online..and realized I was not the only one with this problem, through one of the complaints on here...I got the number for General Motors Customer Service...1 866 790 5600. I called them and explained to them that if other ppl were having the same issue maybe they should issue a recall.

After talking to them...I was told that there is a extended warranty...just for this problem 7 years 70 000 miles/ So if you have a G6 and its having these issues you may be covered. I hope this info helped someone.

I carried my car to the dealer..and they are ordering the part...and it will be covered under warrenty

- williamsnc, Mt Olive, NC, US

problem #18

May 202009

G6 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

My power steering locked up on me four times in one day. I called to have it looked at and found out I have to have the steering column replaced. I have had the wheel bearings on both front tires replaced at $500 apiece. I think this car is junk and do not suggest anyone buying it.

- Michelle T., Maysville, KY, US

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