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2006 Malibu Maxx Electric Power Steering

I have read other posts where the writers had problems with their power steering. It freaked me out the otherday when after starting the car I proceeded to drive out the driveway when the electric power steering went off. he message on the info board on the dash just said problem with power steering. I was able to back up and park the vehicle. Called Onstar and had them do a diagnostic and found no problems. Left the car and being a weekend could not get any help. My husband jumps in on Monday morn (tuesday actually - long weekend) starts up the car and drives it to the dealer with absolutely no problems. I have read that it resets itself. Can this happen while driving on the highway as I can see this a being potentially dangerous? Should I be scared and worried? The dealer did nothing to the car as basically there was nothing to do. This happened for the first time tonight. Steering suddenly got very hard to turn to the left. Assist still worked turning to the right. Fortunately I had a lot of room when it happened, and just made a very wide left turn around the corner because it was unexpected. It also made the car very hard to keep going straight due to the asymetrical nature. We weaved our way home, barely staying in the lane (it was very windy to boot). Shut it off, and a bit later, all was OK. Did not notice any warning lights. This was worrysome as when it happened, it had the effect of halting the movement mid-turn. And, after that, it took a lot of muscle to turn the wheel. My wife is using the car tomorrow, and it scares me it will happen again, and she will not be able to turn the steering wheel. I will be contacting the dealer soonest. I have lost hydraulic power steering numerous times in my life. This was much worse due to suddeness, the asymetry, and the fact the car has a rather high ratio steering gear. Scary, even for someone with professional driver (race) training.

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  • Michael Corder
    Michael Corder Mar 11, 2009

    I think I have lost everything possible at some point, from tie rods to
    wheels, but this one took me for a loop. If I had been turning right, I
    would have been well into oncoming traffic instead of the curb. And, I
    can't stress the asymetrical nature enough. If it is going to shut
    down, it should be total, not just in one direction. It took real
    concentration to keep the car on the road. All the little 'corrections'
    we do sub-conciously were out of whack. It went right OK, then apply
    the same effort to the left, and, well it is like bumping up against a
    rubber pillow. I know things fail. The nature of the failure is what
    scares me most.



    I really like the car, but the electric steering has bothered me from
    the start. Even normally, it is way too easy to out-pace the system -
    slip sliding around in winter say. It's surely not a performance car,
    but it should at least be able to keep up with an old (er) man. It also
    doesn't need such a quick ratio, makes un-assisted steering that much
    harder to boot. It will be going in under the special service bulletin
    as soon as I can afford the down time. Till then........

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Know what? As soon as the warranty(s) expire, I'd look into retro-fitting to a normal rack & pinion setup. Parts involved would be a different steering wheel/column assembly (and electrical hookups), steering rack with tie rod ends, possibly two steering knuckles with brake assemblies. Depending upon if you want power or not, a steering pump, with bracket & different drive belt.(+) hoses. If any parts are the same for both systems, then they are re-usable. Doing this would require doing a bunch of "homework" but if it was mine and I intended to keep it for a long time, I'd already be researching this!
    I recognize the need for weight elimination to make epa mpg requirements but they are going too far. Electronics are great in some areas, that's how they get so much hp out of tiny engines (can you imagine a 69 charger with a 440 or hemi (a real one) with electronic fuel management? With a gear change, they would run high 11's in the quarter mile back then. with efi, they likely would run low 10's or better!
    As usual the engineers are completely out of touch with reality...Their first job is to keep drivers safe. In making systems that fail such as yours has, they flat out are not doing that!
    Sorry I got so verbose on this but it's been something I've been quite annoyed with for a long time!!!


  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    And they wonder why the big 3 are in trouble? They have taken every normal working reliable system out of our vehicles and replaced them with expensive, unnecessary and unreliable components. I too have race experience and know what you mean. "default" should be to a safe and managable setting. I'd bring it back to dealer and make sure in no uncertain terms that I want it fixed, yesterday! good luck

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My Name is Courtney and I had my car a week and the power steering went out, I don’t have the money to fix it, I need your help with getting this problem straight with Chevy. I’m tying to get a RECALL so people can get their money back, or get the car fixed for free. Please call Chevy customer hotline at 866-790-5700, ext 42864, this is who I talked to. And email me at courtney.pillow@yahoo.com, this is not right, we need to do something about it. Or call customer assistance, 18002221020

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