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My check engine light came on and along with it at times the car will mark power steering and the wheel will turn hard. What can this be?

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I have dealt with this problem many times, the steering in these cars is electric unfortunately, and has had alot of issues, supposedly gm is coming out with a recall to solve it, most of the time I have to replace the column to solve the problem unfortunately the part alone is around 800 bucks, but they have redesigned the column and they seem to no longer have this problem, if you get a wrecking yard column for cheaper, unfortunately it will be of early design and probably fail, the best bet for now is hang on and drive it when this happens, you can usually shut it off and restart it and it will be ok . their should be a recall in full effect within the next 6 mos if they parts into larger scale production

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