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2006 Malibu, power steering displays on DIC

I was driving my Malibu to work this morning and when turning into the drug store, power steering displayed on my DIC ( Display Information Center). The steering of the car has not changed, but dont know what prompted that message to display? Any ideas?
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I was driving my Malibu to work this morning and when turning into the drug store, power steering displayed on my DIC ( Display Information Center). The steering of the car has not changed, but dont know what prompted that message to display? Any ideas?
Most likely related to Special Policy 10183 which covers the steering column in your car for 10 years/100,000 miles whichever comes first. You need to setup an appointment with a dealer for them to check it out as it could be something other than what is in this special policy and then it would not be a covered repair. The likelyhood of it being a different issue is pretty slim but still exists.

This won't fix itself, it's not just a one time and it won't happen again kind of thing, setup an appointment and get it fixed. These can do some crazy stuff when they go goofy, I've been there behind the wheel when it happened to me. Your dealer should not charge you for this repair unless for some reason they tell you it's not related to this special policy. If that does happen to you, get the code that was stored in the PSCM and get back to us first. Questions, comments, concerns?

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Thank you very much for the information. I have an appoitment set up for Wednesday at 12:30, hopefully nothing goes goofy before then. One question...what is a PSCM and what does each letter stand for?
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Thank you very much for the information. I have an appoitment set up for Wednesday at 12:30, hopefully nothing goes goofy before then. One question...what is a PSCM and what does each letter stand for?
I should have done that in the first place, I was in a hurry, sorry. PSCM is Power Steering Control Module and it does what it says, controls the power steering.

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Not once today did power steering display on the DIC. I am still taking the car to the dealership tomorrow, will keep you posted.
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@awesomea, I hope everything gets resolved at the dealership today. I look forward to any updates that you would like to provide.

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Update : Dealership states the steering column needs replaced. They ran the cars VIN and they said there is NO recall. Want to charge me $600 for the repair. How should I proceed?
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Update : Dealership states the steering column needs replaced. They ran the cars VIN and they said there is NO recall. Want to charge me $600 for the repair. How should I proceed?
I'd like the last 8 digits of the VIN or the full 17 digits. If you don't want to have everyone see it for some reason, PM me. I want to see if the labor operation was ever performed, if it wasn't, you should not have to pay for the column. Did you mention the special policy 10183 that I referenced in an earlier post? What reason did they give for not covering it? If I were you I would NOT authorize work yet. I work in a GM dealership so I can access what was done to your vehicle under warranty, all I need is the VIN information. Would be easiest to find on your vehicle registration or insurance card. The full 17 digits will start with 1G1Z and then go on from there.
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I contacted the 800 # for GM and they told me to wait and see if the issue occurs again. If it does, then the policy would cover the steering column. The dealer charged me $85 to diagnosis the vehicle...not to happy about that. The control module code was C04605.
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