2008 Pontiac G6 steering problems: steering wheel shakes

Steering Wheel Shakes

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CarComplaints.com Notes: Unfortunately the 2008 Pontiac G6 continues a serious trend of steering problems from the prior model years.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
71,029 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (8 reports)
  2. replace steering column (1 reports)
2008 Pontiac G6 steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Pontiac G6 Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 102014

G6 4-cyl, 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,200 miles


I drove this car off the dealer's lot with 28 miles on the odometer. Its funny how it drove fine until the following day when the brakes started to grind, not to mention the annoying popping sound that comes from the front end when turning either way, going over any size bump, etc, etc. Long story short, after taking it to the dealership for repairs just to have the same issues repeat themselves enough times to start doubting my own sanity, I have come to accept them and am at peace with it, however. Last month i started to notice my steering wheel shake as i started to brake. It slowly got worse and now when i brake (more intense as i come to a stop) it feels like my front end is going to fall off. I admit to being completely illiterate when it comes to cars so I am just gonna ask,"what the hell is going on with this POS?".

- , Saugus, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 302014

G6 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,600 miles

Steering shakes because of the steering column problems due to the steering column recall from 2 years ago that was replaced and now the 2nd steering column that is rattling, shaking and not working properly, is loud, and what is unsafe over 55mph and should be replaced under recall a 2nd time but I cannot find information on how to get a hold of Pontiac to have them replace the steering column for a 2nd time.

- , Hartford, WI, USA

problem #7

Apr 102012

G6 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Driving my car with the steering shaking and pulling left and right when it try's to steer itself is very dangerous. Many times when I start my car the steering wheel began to move and a funny clicking noise begins. I am afraid a bad accident will happen, I am afraid when I am alone and/or when other people is traveling with me something terrible may happen. It worry's me when I have my grandchildren in my car, the thought of crashing and hurting them or causing their lives is devastating.

I feel the company has known about this problem since the car was built and failed to notify the costumers. Whatever the case is I am thankful to the good Lord for keeping me safe so far as I travel up and down the highways though there is a problem with my car. I hope and pray that this problem will be resolved as soon as possible.

- , Nashville, AR, USA

problem #6

Apr 142013

G6 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,030 miles


I bought my Pontiac g6 almost 1 yr ago, at the time of purchase i noticed the clunk noise while turrning mostly left turns, the dealer said it was nothing. So i have been driving it so far with no problems other than the clunk noise but one month ago i kept getting a radio signal to service traction control and my car felt like i was driving on ice and the wheel would shake by itself, so i took it to the same dealer to fix it but the GM dealer said they were unsure what the problem was but noticed the that while in park and lifted off the ground the wheels looked like they were being turned and no one was in the car. They put in a $27 part a steering sensor kit and said they reset the brain of the car and since i have no warranty i paid $311.00 . And not 24 hours after i drove off it is still happening, just hope it doesn't get worse this car i deffinaltly have to keep both hands on the wheel.

- , Sparks, NV, USA

problem #5

Jan 152013

G6 LS 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

Had this problem once already, had to replace the power steering motor/module in it less than a year ago, I've not had the car for 2 years yet! Now it's gone out again! checked on recalls and every other car has recalls but this one, something is definitely wrong here, and it needs to be recalled! I can't afford to pay to have it fixed again, got a used one before because I couldn't afford a new one ( $500+) this is bullshit! It's dangerous to drive but if you can't afford to pay AGAIN to fix the same problem, your just screwed I guess!

- , Rabun Gap, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 142012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

My steering wheel has been shaking for quite a while, but seems to just get worse and worse. I had the tires balanced which helped for about 3 days and the problem was back. I feel like my front tires are going to fall off when I am at about 55-60 mph. This doesn't happen every time I drive and some times stops when I am in a slight turn. Would really like a recall on this, since it seems like a safety hazard.

- , Winona, MN, US

problem #3

Nov 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,500 miles


steering wheel shakes at low speeds, it feels like a wheel is bent. Clears up on certain road types and at higher speeds the shaking subsides slightly. hard to control the car and tires are wearing down really fast.

- , Crestview, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 062012

G6 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,928 miles

There should be a recall because it can be dangerous. The car will be working fine and suddenly there is a catch in the steering and it's very difficult to steer straight. I just purchased the vehicle....love the car in general but a car isn't much good if it won't steer straight. There should be a recall because of the severity of the problem. It could cost lives.

Update from Apr 6, 2012: I called Pontiac. There is an additional warranty for the power steering warranty plus the steering column. If this is the cause of the problem they will pay for the repair and the cost of the diagnostics. I am taking my car in next week and will let you know what I find out. The steering is getting worse and I'm just hoping it doesn't cause a wreck before I get there. I did get good customer service from Pontiac and and it sounds like from what I've read that the steering column is the problem...keeping my fingers crossed. I will update after I find out what is going on next week.

- , Greenfield, IN, USA

problem #1

May 052010

G6 ES 3.2L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

The steering wheel is shaking in my G6. Great cite to complain and to see what others are griping about, and if there any resolutions

- , Weirton, WV, USA

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