Steering Problems of Chevrolet Cobalt — part 1

Chevrolet Cobalt owners have reported 1,823 problems related to steering (under the steering category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chevrolet Cobalt based on all problems reported for the Cobalt.

1 Steering problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

I was drivein on high way in my car got hard to trun so I stoped and let my uncle drive cause he is more stronger then from that point it got harder to trun it amost locked up on me who know what would have happen but I was almost to my house so we were ablue to get it here then I called my car lot and I hade to drive it there it was so impossible to do but with the help of my uncle he got it there and im in school and stuck with out a car intell its fixed and I have to pay laber wait on part to come in thay say etc its just alot and thank god I was not alone.

2 Steering problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

Power steering light came on now I have no speedometer and it will not shift right.

3 Steering problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

Power steering is locking up while driving. Windows won’t go down.

4 Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt

While parking my 2009 chevy Cobalt the power steering became difficult. It was like it stopped working at times. Then it began again and then it completely stopped steering and the steering locked. I turned the car off and checked the vehicles power steering fuses. They were all fine. Then turned the car back on to see if the problem still continued and it started working. I rushed home hoping it would work. Once I pulled into my driveway the power steering completely stopped working again. I see that there was a recall in the past but may not be available any longer but seems like they should still correct the issue.

5 Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle lost power steering assist and became difficult to steer. The contact stated no warning light was illuminated. The contact stated that the power steering failure occurred at various speeds. The contact had not taken the vehicle to a local dealer or independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact researched online and related the failure to NHTSA campaign number: 10v073000 (steering). The manufacturer had not been informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 49,000.

6 Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while starting the vehicle, the vehicle lost power steering functionality. The power steering assist warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,504.

7 Steering problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle she had a power steering failure. The contact drove the vehicle to her destination at approximately 30 mph with no power steering assist. The contact stated that when she returned and started the vehicle the power steering had regained functionality. The contact stated that the failure had occurred twice in the past three months. The contact stated no warning light was illuminated. The contact had not taken the vehicle to an independent mechanic or dealer. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer had not been informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 91,000.

8 Steering problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

Power steering assist goes out randomly. Looked up VIN and said does not affect this vehicle, however, it is malfunctioning.

9 Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt

My power steering seemed very loose. I zig zag across the road. Trying not to hit a telephone pole. Slipped into a ditch. Got back on the road for a few seconds but still no control. Finally car went into the woods hit a tree and was totaled. I don’t care if VIN says no recalls my steering didn’t exist that day.

10 Steering problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt

I purchased a 2007 chevy Cobalt and was told by an independent shop that their computer was reading codes for the ignition switch and the air bag lights are on. On top of it the power steering feels like it goes in and out. I know there’s recalls on the 2007 chevy Cobalts for the exact reasoning. Faulty ignition switch and the airbags not deploying because of it. Along with like 4 other recalls gm announced. I just purchased the car not even two weeks ago so I was told to come on here and file a complaint to see if I can get the recall letter so the dealership can fix the car.

11 Steering problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel suddenly became very difficult to turn in either direction. The cause of the failure was not yet determined. The local dealer and the manufacturer were not yet notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 125,000.

12 Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle intermittently experienced a loss of power steering assist. The power steering assist warning light was illuminated. The dealer was made aware of the failure but informed the contact that there was no recall associated with the VIN. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired by an independent mechanic or dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000.

13 Steering problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while reversing out of a parking space, the vehicle lost power steering assist functionality. The contact stated that excessive force was needed to steer the vehicle. The contact was uncertain if any warning lights were illuminated. Upon investigation, the contact discovered NHTSA campaign number: 10v073000 (steering) which he linked to the failure. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 89,000.

14 Steering problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that excessive force was needed to steer the vehicle while making a right turn into a parking lot. The contact returned to the vehicle and the failure persisted. After making a second stop, the light disappeared and the steering wheel resumed normal operation. The dealer nor the manufacturer had yet to be notified of the failure. Upon investigation, the contact discovered NHTSA campaign number: 10v073000 (steering) which she linked to the failure. The vehicle had yet to be repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 132,000.

15 Steering problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

My power steering alert came up and immediately I start having trouble driving as the steering wheel got tight. Almost had a accident and there is other problems with my 2006 chevy Cobalt lt that have been on recall and I cannot get any help at local dealership.

16 Steering problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt

I do believe or at least was told that the noise sounds like the steering motor is going out. When I was trying to look for part stores that have one, the first thing that came up was a couple of images, but then the next thing was gm recalls on my year and make and the part I was looking up. I can’t find it by entering my VIN# on gm website. I was told that my chevy Cobalt was knowing to have issues with the steering.

17 Steering problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

Power steering failure while driving, yes it is available for inspection upon request. Safety was put at risk by losing control of the car and almost hitting other cars while driving. A dealer or service center has not reproduced the problem. Also not inspected by others. Unknown if any warning messages appeared, I didnt notice while I was trying to stay alive.

18 Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while reversing at an undisclosed speed, the electric power steering assist failed, and the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. The power steering warning message was displayed. The dealer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact of NHTSA campaign number: 10v073000 (steering) that was associated with the VIN. The dealer also informed the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired by an independent mechanic or dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 113,000.

19 Steering problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

The problem that sent it to a different mechanic than the chevy dealer where it came from after a month and 900. 00 bill for 550. 00 ecm and diagnostic test they did without my permission, there labor for the test and ecm was a total of 900. 00. Plus claimed it was throwing a code for a peddle that it needed. We just put a brand new peddle and brand new throttle body on it, it was idled to high, so reason for them getting it was to get the old ecm and new throttle sinked up to reduce the idle , at the time of it leaving me it started and ran just idle to high. Throwing no codes. They got it, claim it wouldn’t start so did a diagnostic claimed it needed a new peddle. I said I’m coming to get it, they didn’t tell me at any time I couldn’t drive it home. I left there lot and pulled about 150 feet off the side of road because it wouldn’t shift. Called them , botched did no good. Called same tow truck to tow it home. Got here it was idled normal but was throwing a different codes, I turned the car off it wouldn’t stop running for about 3 to 4 minutes, then it died. I had it towed to different mechanic for the ignition to be replaced. He said it was throwing a couple codes still ignition not fixed yet, and it ran for about 15 minutes after shutting off the key. At no time here or at the new place did it throw a code for a defective peddle. So now it’s be gone for 2 months , new ecm , new throttle body ,new peddle, idle is fixed and car runs but won’t shift. Codes its throwing is now are just needing coil on #4 checked and throttle position sensor adjusted. So far that’s it. 2 months later. Still not ready for pick up.

20 Steering problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt

My mother owned this 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt 4d (VIN # stated above). The power steering seemed to have quit working, as it was very hard to turn the steering wheel. On Dec. 28, 2021 she (& my 2 daughters) were turning left & her car was hit by another car on the right front (passenger side), front 1/4 panel. The car was spun around several times. My mother was temporarily knocked unconscience & then came to. Car was totalled out. (doctor ignored to perform a head scan instead he scanned her back). My mother bled on her brain for 3 months & died. It was very devastating.

21 Steering problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while reversing, there was an abnormal sound and a message was displayed «power steering» as the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was turned off and restarted to resume normal operation. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic for diagnosis or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

22 Steering problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the power steering assist failed to operate without warning. Due to the failure, the contact had the vehicle towed to his home. The dealer nor the manufacturer had been notified of the failure. Upon investigation, the contact linked the failure to NHTSA campaign number: 14v153000 (steering). The vehicle had yet to be repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 131,000.

23 Steering problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact’s father owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while her father was driving approximately 15-20 mph, the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed the vehicle with power steering failure related to NHTSA campaign number: 10v073000 (steering) however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The mechanic informed the contact that the power steering motor needed to be replaced. The dealer was made aware of the failure but informed the contact that the VIN was not included in a recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable. The VIN was unavailable.

24 Steering problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

Hi. I was driving to go shopping like I normally do speed limit was 45 mph. All of a sudden I noticed I was getting very close to the medium the 8-inch cement medium. I tried to turn the wheel more to the right but it was very hesitant and hard to do I ended up hitting the medium and it damaged the rear rim on that wheel and the tire afterwards just made a loud thumping noise it was a very scary situation. It was then I noticed it said power steering lit up on the dashboard nitro it back home and then the light on off and the steering was okay again which was very scary and strange it happened one more time when I was turning the corner and I almost hit someone because I could not turn the wheel like it normally turned it took a lot of effort this is a very scary situation as this is the only vehicle I have for transportation it’s not normal do you have the steering just instantly either stop or is very hard to turn. Thank you.

25 Steering problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving approximately 55-60 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated and the vehicle lost power steering functionality. The contact was able to veer to the side of the road using extra effort to steer the vehicle. The contact turned off and restarted the vehicle and the vehicle regained power steering functionality. The contact stated that the failure had been reoccurring while driving. The dealer was notified of the failure and advised the contact to take the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 10v073000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 143,000.

26 Steering problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the power steering assist failed to operate as the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact also stated that the speedometer also failed to operate as needed. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle had yet to be repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 200,000.

27 Steering problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

The vehicle will often lose power steering and begin to «buck» or «jolt» when braking. The door chime will sound and the display will flash «power steering» when this occurs. The speedometer and other gauges will go crazy and won’t accurately state how fast you are driving. Sometimes when this happens, the steering wheel will become very difficult to move and it is almost impossible to turn. Sometimes the car will just buck when braking, sometimes the steering completely gives out. My car has even stalled and stopped running while driving — I am unsure if this is related to the problem. Any of these issues are extremely dangerous and could cause an accident. There is a recall on this vehicle for the power steering system, but Chevrolets own website claims my vehicle does not have any recalls (according to my VIN). I have never brought this car in for repair (for the recall) and to my knowledge, none of the previous owners have either. Upon researching, many others seem to have this problem as well with gm telling them their car does not have a recall. This has been going on for a long time, and no mechanic or anyone I bring it to can tell me what’s wrong.

28 Steering problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle loss power steering functionality without warning. The local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified but, no further assistance was provided. The failure mileage was unknown.

29 Steering problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and the steering wheel became difficult to turn in either direction. The cause of the failure was not determined. The local dealer and manufacturer were notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10v073000 (steering). The contact indicated that the vehicle had experienced the failure listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 76,000.

30 Steering problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt

The traction control light has come on for the second time since I’ve had this vehicle. It decelerates and starts rumbling when it’s about to cut off. That is a big safety issue and any part that has to do with this issue needs to be recalled.

31 Steering problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while his son was driving at an undisclosed speed, the steering warning light illuminated. Additionally, the pipes connected to the manifold were rusted and had detached. The contact called the local dealer however, the vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 58,000.

32 Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt

Whenever I would go to speed up my ecs active light would pop up, now it’s been popping up every time my wheel isn’t straight and randomly. It’s scary because it causes my car to bog down and the steering feels weird and my brakes get really rough.

33 Steering problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while driving at an undisclosed speed, the vehicle was shaking and loss motive power. The power steering became inoperable. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and the local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 126,000.

34 Steering problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The contact stated that while his wife was reversing the steering wheel became inoperable. The power steering warning light was illuminated. The contact drove the vehicle to his resident. The local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 142,993.

35 Steering problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt

Vehicle was working fine power steering went out.

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