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My girlfriends 05 saturn ion's power steering is randomly going out. The oil change place first told her she didn't have a fluid reservoir, then said she had a leak. Which is it and how to fix please.

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2005 saturn ion has an electrical power steering, no fluid, i have the same problem, saturn dealership says the motor for the steering is going out. is a new thing and the part has to be ordered from saturn. i believe the motor it self is about $660.00, never thought i would have this problem, guess i should have gotten the extended warrenty. good luck.

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  • muchado2 Feb 13, 2011

    Saturn (actually GM motors) has just done a recall (finally) on the piece of **** steering colum, knowing ofcourse the owners of the vehicles got fed up and got rid of them, but the final date for the claim is August 2011. I guarantee it is your steering columm, I forked a ton of money out for it last year, but luckily I retrieved the receipt, filled out form sent in to GM and got my money back! You can get your steering columm replaced at no charge. Contact GM motors or go online. And every other thing you get fixed on Saturn save receipts, I am sure there will be another recall on something. Gee no wonder they went out of business. Nice Saturn employees can only go so far, or shall I say "charm is deceitful".


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Give these websites a try and if all fails stop by your local library and get your hands on a Haynes auto repair manual for your car and if you need a used part try this website to see if they have one close to you its to help find a good salvage yard near you wish you the best of luck Michigan Man.

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