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I'm new here on the board - my girlfriend drives a 2006 Cobalt LT and recently she was driving down the road and got a little "ding-ding-ding" sound, "POWER STEERING" came up on the LCD and she lost power steering in the car. She pulled over, restarted the car and it didn't do it again the rest of the ride.

I have a 2005 Cavalier with the 2.2L Ecotec so I figured it was the same configuration... went out, bought some power steering fluid... and I'm sure you can figure out what happened next. Needless to say, I discovered that these cars have electric power steering assist and that the motors dying is a fairly common occurrence. Unfortunately, in all the internet searches, I can't find a consensus on whether fixing this involves an hour under the dash replacing a $30 part or taking it to a mechanic to have him replace the entire $400-$500 steering column.

Can anyone tell me exactly what I can do to get this resolved as cheaply as possible? Her car has 75k-odd miles on it and I really don't want to drop $1000 into getting it fixed if I don't have to, but we're really not ready to buy another car yet.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.
 

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this is the first time i've heard of it goin out... what i would do is go to the dealer maybe have them look at it and question the shit of em till i know exactly what it is... or get on ebay and try to find like a haynes manual for the car
 

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Really? If you google "Cobalt Power steering" you'll get like 450,000 hits... there are 368 posts on thepetitionsite.com about it. Its all over the internet.
 

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hmmm guess i just never really looked into it.... i almost wish i could bypass it cuz i dont like it... i like no powersteering
 

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all you need to do to bypass the power steering, is pull the fuse. I should know, i've fought GM over this issue many a time.

Even made the local news:

 

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all you need to do to bypass the power steering, is pull the fuse. I should know, i've fought GM over this issue many a time.
really i dint know if that would F something up so i dint try... i'm gonna give it a shot to i dont like assisted/power steering.. i tend to go steer crazy on the track specialy since i'm use to RWD
 

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really i dint know if that would F something up so i dint try... i'm gonna give it a shot to i dont like assisted/power steering.. i tend to go steer crazy on the track specialy since i'm use to RWD
it wont F anything up, i had to do it when the dealership didnt fix the problem after the first go around, and it came back! i said SCREW THIS, and yanked the fuse
 

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When it happened to me, it was the VSS (vehicle speed sensor) Replaced it, and no problems since!
 

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ok, here's your answer: This system for power steering SUX!!!!!

if anyone Wikipedia's the Chevy Cobalt, and did a little research on this "Electric assist Power Steering", you would notice that the Cobalt is the first EVER to employ this idea, and that it's virtually untested. Why do you guys think this is an issue?
 

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I think its more than just a cobalt problem and more of a complete GM problem.

05 Pontiac G6's had the same problem with the electric assist power steering going out. And its my understanding that in 06 they redesigned it and then had problems with a steering clunk in the intermediate steering shaft. There's a service bulliting for that 06 G6 problem and their solution is to spray grease on it until it stops, but it will start again in about 20,000 miles.......... I had a 06 G6 is why I know. But I remember reading about people similar problems with cobalts, and maybe malibu's and what ever saturn car is simular to the G6 and malibu???

I'm wainting to say that in 07 or maybe 08 there was another redesign and it got rid of a lot of the problems????????

Hopefully I won't have any issues with this in our 09 cobalts.............. I dealt with it enough with the G6........... IE: New ISS, dealer forgot to tighted bolts on new ISS, new tie rod end, the grease service bulletin, a new steering gear, the the service bulletin again and told a hand full of times that there was nothing wrong, etc.......... All in about a year and a half or less........... Luckly it was under warrenty, but I traded it in after it went out for the cobalt....


Talk to you all later

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ok, here's your answer: This system for power steering SUX!!!!!

if anyone Wikipedia's the Chevy Cobalt, and did a little research on this "Electric assist Power Steering", you would notice that the Cobalt is the first EVER to employ this idea, and that it's virtually untested. Why do you guys think this is an issue?
 

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When it happened to me, it was the VSS (vehicle speed sensor) Replaced it, and no problems since!


What was the symptoms to this before and during the failure? How much was it? P/N?

My steering has a light whining sound to it as the wheel it turned left or right, any ideas? I thought the clamshell around the steering column might be too tight and off but it doesn't look bad.
 

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What was the symptoms to this before and during the failure? How much was it? P/N?

My steering has a light whining sound to it as the wheel it turned left or right, any ideas? I thought the clamshell around the steering column might be too tight and off but it doesn't look bad.
At first, the power steering would only work sometimes when i was stopped and trying to turn the wheel. But then one day getting on the freeway i got a message on the DIC saying "POWER STEERING" and a CEL
i showed at autozone this is for the manual transmission only?
I'm not too sure about that..
 
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