NHTSA — Steering: Rack And Pinion: Rack Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,738 miles

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix steering problems

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 082008

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,275 miles


2004 Pontiac Grand Prix power steering rack mount broke on passenger side of car resulting in inability to make left turns. When turning left the right front wheel went right and the tie rod shaft raised up, by virtue of the rack raising up on the right side and hit the lip of the inner fender or frame. This lifting action raised the front of the car on the right side at the same time.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 122004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,200 miles
Steering became loose and sloppy. Knuckling and clunking noises from steering when wheel turned from side to side. Upon turning left, car would dramatically understeer, then suddenly oversteer, resulting in loss of control of vehicle.. taken to crown Pontiac in St. Petersburg, fl. They diagnosed "loose rack and pinion retaining bolts and bushings". fix: Re-torqued bolts.. condition recurrred within 3 days.. called GM, who sent regional representative to drive vehicle. I asked them why bolts would work loose after 10K miles, and why they didn't replace the bolts, or they may work loose again.. they said "it depends on how they torqued them". vehicle presently in service for steering control issues for second time.. this condition is unsafe. Vehicle will not hold a straight line down the road, and when turning either right or left, the vehicle will take-off in that direction and if not corrected, will turn in a circle if not corrected by hard steering in opposite direction.

- St. Pete Beach, FL, USA

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