Question about 2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, this is not right, we need to do something about it. Or call customer assistance, 18002221020
Posted on Mar 31, 2010
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