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Car dangerous with no power steering

I lose power steering get poor trans shifting abs and traction control light all at same time what could make car do this all at once

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This is a well known problem with these Cobalts. Ours (we had 2) both had to have the steering column replaced to fix this.
It's caused because the power steering assist (electric motor) on the column stops working. It usually will reset after you shut the car down for a few minutes and restart it.
Hopefully it's under warranty, else it'll cost a grand or more to replace.

Posted on Jan 02, 2009

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