Yesterday, when trying to park, I heard a chime and the message "Power Steering" popped up on the info screen. The car became incredibly hard to steer, so I'm thinking the power steering had shut off. I turned my car off, then back on, and the power steering came back on, so I was able to park the car correctly.
When we were about to head home, as soon as I turn on a busy street, just before getting on the highway, the chime goes off, the message pops up, and my power steering shuts off again. I turned (with all my might) into an empty parking lot and turned the car off for a little bit. My family and I were looking under the hood, but we weren't sure what to check for.
We eventually got back in the car and went home. Thankfully, the power steering stayed on and we got home safely (17 miles on the highway).
I'm just worried that it will eventually turn off on its own again. Searching the forum, I came across several people having a similar problem, including a bulletin for a recall. What should I do at this point?
If I have to schedule a service appointment, I would like to go in prepared this time. A few months ago, when I had a brake light issue, one particular service department tried charging me $500+ for a part I apparently did not really need.
You won't see anything as the problem is electronic in nature. You should set up an appointment and when you do, mention the 'Special Coverage 10183' and the dealer should put a steering column in it for you at no charge provided you are under 100K in mileage on the odometer. Don't put it off, it doesn't get better by itself and they can do some strange stuff when they go wacky. I had one that the steering wheel shimmied on it's own only above 50 mph, I tried it out and I'll tell you, it's a two handed fight to keep the car under control. Most of the time you can shut the car off and restart it and be good for a while but as time goes on that doesn't work anymore.
Check and clean the (3) connectors to power steering motor/module located above Left Front Footwell (outside & underneath); I would expect the problem is with the bigger connector, the one on the left (with just 2 wires), B+ and Ground.
Intermittent problems hard to fix, seems like power steering motor loosing voltage, no voltage, no motor run, no power steering. Good Luck. bob
Well, my radio and instrument displays were fine; the power steering was the only thing that went out. I should probably also tell you guys that we used the CD player. And I usually never use the CD player. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with this problem, though.
I also have the V6. Sorry for not mentioning this earlier.
EDIT: I called a Chevy dealership. They say that my car does indeed fall under the list of cars with this issue, and that they would be able to cover the full cost. I'll take it up there tomorrow morning, then I'll let you guys know what happened.
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