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My 2006 Pontiac G6 V6 has approx 64,000 miles on it and recently it started doing this. The car jerks as the power steering goes out, I get the "POWER STEERING" notification on my info center, then my spedometer drops to zero and my odometer reads "ERROR". Sometimes it will go in and out of doing this while I'm driving and sometimes it just stays out.

I've recently had a tune-up (spark plugs were replaced, wires and cap were fine), the oil changed, and air filter replaced and it's been hooked up for a diagnostic check THREE times already and NO error codes come back.

I'm a chick with limited car knowledge, but I'm not completely stupid, so I bought power steering fluid, thinking MAYBE that was the issue, but I can't even find the stupid reservior or stick to test it! (Apparently I'm not the only one though) Plus I'm not sure why that would affect the spedometer and odometer.

I don't want to spend a ton at the dealership again and my regular service guy can't find anything else wrong.

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  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2009

    I have the identical problem which just started.

  • jason2009 Apr 09, 2009

    I have the same problem. My G6 is also a 2006 & has about 65,000 miles as well.

    At random times, all of my gauges go dead including the speedometer, fuel gauge, etc. Some times they come back on after a few minutes but the security "padlock" then displays.

    Have you found a resolution?

  • JunksGirl Apr 13, 2009

    Still have not found a solution. I mentioned the Vehicle Speed Sensor to the service writer at the dealership and he has no clue what it is (which doesn't surprise me much)...I would just go buy the part myself and take it to a service mechanic, but apparently no one knows what to do with it. I'm not looking forward to spending another $200 for them to tell me they couldn't find any error codes, but I have no idea what else to do.

  • JunksGirl Apr 13, 2009

    Thank you emissionwiz...

    After doing alot of reading up on the VSS as the guru suggested the problem could be, I'm convinced that he's right. Makes perfect sense. The VSS is what tells the car how fast it's going. And it's also "conveniently" located under the coolant reservoir, so any overflow is going to go right over the VSS.

    I have a service guy trying to get the part for me as we speak, and I will make sure to post an update here for you other guys if that does in fact solve the problem. Wish me luck...



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U may have a defective Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS), they are not very expensive and easy to replace, it is located on the ouside of the transmission.

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