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Power Steering Failure

This problem just started for me today. Driving down the road, power steering flashes on the digital readout and no power steering. Get home and open the hood to check the fluid, and to my surprise no pump, no fluid fill. So I turned the car off, started looking for the phone number to the dealer, let it set a couple of minutes and restarted the car, and its back to working. Problem being its all I could do to turn the car when it was out and I am no little guy. Simply stated I know my wife would not have been able to turn the car, which could have resulted in an accident that could have been fatal for her and anyone else on the road.

Just bought the car with 32k miles on it on May 15 2009 and it now has little over 33,5 on it now.


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  • Jason Jul 24, 2009

    Well The car is under warranty through the dealer and it has an appointment there in the morning. The car is parked in the same spot every day and no sign of fluid. As far as checking the fluid level, from what I read today, it is electronically controlled with a stepper style motor. There is no pump,reservoir, or fluid fill location that I could see. Am open to any ideas.

  • justin barath May 11, 2010

    so have you checked the ps fluid? or have you checked for a leak.cause thats what it sounds like.



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This is a recurring problem with the Cobalt. Many people have had this problem and there is no recall so far as I am aware of. I heard that the same system was under recall on the Malibu, but not the Cobalt. I am not sure if that is true or not. Anyways, the problem is that the entire steering column assembly must be replaced to fix the problem. My nephew had the same problem on his Cobalt, but luckily it was still covered under a warranty plan that he had purchased. Not good news, I know, and I am sorry. Hope this helps you and I feel your pain. Best wishes.

Posted on Jul 24, 2009

  • Bruce Canfield
    Bruce Canfield Jul 24, 2009

    By the way it is an electrical power steering system (aka a piece of...) and there is no power steering fluid, there are no hydraulics.

  • Bruce Canfield
    Bruce Canfield Jul 24, 2009

    I am glad that the car is still under warranty. The fix is expensive. You will just have to get it to the dealer and have it repaired. Good luck to you.



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