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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-24-2019, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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EPS issues

I have a 2006 Malibu 3.5L has 65k miles, family member that did not drive much. with EPS. Seems to have a dead spot , from center turn CCW about 10 till the wheels turn at freeway speeds. slow speeds seems normal. is it a sensor or just defective. i have a tech 2
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I have a 2006 Malibu 3.5L has 65k miles, family member that did not drive much. with EPS. Seems to have a dead spot , from center turn CCW about 10 till the wheels turn at freeway speeds. slow speeds seems normal. is it a sensor or just defective. i have a tech 2
EPS was pretty new back then and there were some bugs that needed working out. I keep hearing that EPS doesn't give the same "road feel" as HPS, but I have not found that to be the case in my Malibu.

You folks want real "road feel"?

Try driving the semi-truck I started out on: A 1971 Freightliner. No power steering at all, and a steering wheel as big as a pickup tire. You'll have road feel alright, but your arms will pay the price at low-speeds when you grip that huge steering wheel as hard as you can turn it.
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Re: EPS issues

EPS was a 4 cyl. only. V6 has hydraulic steering.
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Not true.... my 2006 3.5L has EPS..... also did the recall on it

Also ...i had that dead spot feal on another car. My centerlink was shot.

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Re: EPS issues

I stand corrected. RA listed a steering pump for the 3.5 and that's what I based myself on. EPS tends to "numb" the steering some and can be dead or delayed feeling with slight wheel movement. My observations from my '09

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Hay believe it or not.... my uncle sold me the car and didnt know it had it lol..... he just retired as a body man at chevy dealer ...35 yrs as a body man lmao...
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Chevyman4life yeah i remember when i was a kid we had a dodge, had manual steering, they had these knobs you could clamp onto the steering wheel looked like a small door knob. it would flip down towards the inside of the wheel when not in use. My dad would grab that to turn the wheel at low speeds. the car also had a starter on the floor and the high beam on the floor. actually i kind of liked the high beam on the floor. ever since putting the high beams on one of the stalks on the steering column peoples left legs have had nothing to do when driving.

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that must have been awhile ago.... like the early 80's or 70s on back

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Yuppers..... no clueee whats under these things lately lol. Was a centerlink. Camaro 1989. Pretty sure they had them all the way to 2003.


Besides the point though .... after getting my recall done on the eps.....my sterring tightened up....With no more clunking. Unfortunately its back. Makes me wonder if they just tightened some nut and, its doomed to come loose.
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Re: EPS issues

Most of the Malibu's with a V6 have EPS but there are some with HPS. The owners manual mentions both options and AllData shows repair instructions for both types of power steering.
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Re: EPS issues

For Gen7, the 3.6L V6 has HPS, the 2.4L I4 has EPS, and I'm not sure if the 3.5L V6 got HPS or EPS since Rock Auto shows both parts.

For Gen6, the 3.5L V6 also shows both HPS and EPS parts.

For the 3.5L, I wonder if the trim level changed what was offered...?


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