NHTSA — Steering: Rack And Pinion Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,911 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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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix steering problems

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 152009

Grand Prix

  • 98,206 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. The dealer stated that the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. In addition, during rainy weather, water flooded the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,206.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 152006

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 11,900 miles
I was driving my 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix at about 28 mph when my steering lock up causing me to loose control of vehicle and crashing.

- Carteret, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 022005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,522 miles
After three trips to the Pontiac dealer, my problem with steering system has not be corrected. The car makes a loud grinding sound when turning right at low speeds. Also, when going over multiple bumps, it feels as if the steering wheel is disconnected from the car. I do not feel confident driving this vehicle --- especially when General Motors tells me that there is no fix for this problem but has acknowledged a steering system problem on 2004/05/06 Grand Prix's, Chevy Impala and Buick lacrosse's.

- Parkesburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 142005

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Car was driving at highway speed. Attempted to move to left lane to pass a vehicle. Noticed difficulty moving steering wheel to the left. Immediately pulled off highway to investigate. Discovered that steering wheel could easily move to the right but was nearly impossible to turn left from a stopped position and was difficult to turn left at any speed. There was no noises coming from the power steering pump and it appeared to be working properly. Towed car to local repair shop. Replaced rack and pinion assembly. Old part is available upon request.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 102004

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,927 miles
2004 Pontiac Grand Prix engine pulled and steering became stiff while trying to back out of a parked position.

- Jackson, OH, USA

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