Posts tagged Steering
GM recalls 1.2M pickups, SUVs for power steering problem

GMis recalling more than one million pickup trucks and SUV’s in the U.S. for a steering defect

The defect has been linked to 30 crashes and two injuries. The trucks can lose their electronically controlled power steering momentarily before it suddenly comes back on, causing the driver to have difficulty steering, GM said in a filing to federal safety regulators. The flaw causes drivers to lose control especially at slower speeds.

A GM spokesman said the company is aware of 30 accidents and two injuries but no fatalities.

GM said the defect is caused by a software problem in the electronic-power-steering module. Dealers will update the software to fix the problem for free.

The recall consists of:

  • 2015 Chevrolet Silverado

  • 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 pickups

  • 2015 Chevy Tahoe

  • 2015 Chevy Suburban

  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade

  • 2015 GMC Yukon SUVs.

If you're in California and you’ve taken your GM vehicle to a dealership for any issue, ranging from steering issues, transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you! Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Cars for Steering Wheels that Risk Detaching

If you don't want the steering wheel in your Ford Fusion to detach, please keep reading.  

Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million Fusions and MKZ's with steering wheels that risk detaching.   Ford says it had tied two accidents and one injury to the defect.

Dealers at no cost will replace the steering-wheel bolts on affected vehicles with longer ones featuring more robust thread engagement and a larger nylon patch aimed at preventing the parts from loosening. Roughly 1.3 million of the affected vehicles are in the U.S., with the rest in Canada and Mexico.

The affected models are the Ford Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ, both from model years 2014-2018, namely:

  • 2014-17 Fusions built in Flat Rock, Mich., from Aug. 6, 2013, to Feb. 29, 2016.
  • 2014-18 Fusions and MKZs built in Hermosillo, Mexico, from July 25, 2013, to March 5, 2018.

NHTSA hasn't updated their information with the recall number or the accompanying notices from Ford, but as soon as they do I'll update this page.  

Edit (3/15/2018):  More information can be found here.

2013 Chevrolet Cruze.... A steering, engine, transmission and water pump mess!

Automobile manufacturers release Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) to inform dealerships of unanticipated problems that can emerge after a vehicle is sold.  TSBs focus on nonsafety-related defects that might affect a vehicle’s performance or longevity, such as parts that fail prematurely or don’t operate the way they’re meant to.  They advise service technicians about how to diagnose and repair a problem, specifying tools, techniques, and the required parts.  

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze has over 405 (!!!) Technical Service Bulletins.  Here are the most serious and prevalent complaints addressed by TSBs that I've discovered covering the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, along with the summary from the manufacturer (in their own words and font-type): 

TSB #PI-0659-E (Issued April 25, 2016)

Summary: THIS PRELIMINARY INFORMATION BULLETIN PROVIDES A PROCEDURE TO INSPECT AND REPLACE THE STEERING COLUMN SEAL TO CORRECT A CUSTOMER CONCERN ON A RUBBER SQUEAK TYPE NOISE WHEN TURNING THE STEERING WHEEL DUE TO THE SEAL FOR THE INTERMEDIATE SHAFT. 

TSB #PIE-0298-A (Issued July 1, 2014)

Summary: CHEVROLET: WHEN SHIFTING, TRANSMISSION IS HARD TO SHIFT INTO GEAR, WOULD HAVE A GRINDING OR BINDING WHEN SHIFTING, THERE IS NOISE, CLUTCH ODOR OR SLIPPING OR A CLUTCH PEDAL NOISE, WHILE SHIFTING. MODEL 2013 CHEVROLET CRUZE

TSB #PI0715 (Issued May 1, 2015)

Summary: GM: ENGINE RATTLE/KNOCK NOISE, LOOSE OR BROKEN FRONT CRANKSHAFT PULLEY BOLT AND/OR FLYWHEEL BOLTS. ALSO INCLUDED BUICK ENCORE, CHEVROLET SONIC, AND CHEVROLET TRAX. MODEL YEAR 2014. *JS UPDATED 09/30/2013 *JS UPDATED 2/5/16. *PE

TSB #PIP5262 (Issued February 1, 2015)

Summary: GENERAL MOTORS: 2012-2013 CHEVROLET CRUZE EQUIPPED WITH 1.4L TURBO ENGINE(RPO LUJ OR LUV) INFORMATION REGARDING ENGINE POWER MESSAGE ON THE DIC WITH NO REDUCTION IN POWER AND NO DTC'S SET. *LJ

Automobile manufacturers may, from time to time, offer extended warranties (at no charge to the consumer!!) on vehicle components that the manufacturer has identified as a particular problem area for that model year vehicle..  Along that vein, Chevrolet has also issued two special campaigns for the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze. Chevrolet Cruze owners who experience issues with their water pumps or steering systems can use the two special campaigns below to potentially avoid having to pay out of pocket for repairs!

Water Pump - 14371B - SPECIAL COVERAGE (10 year / 150,000 mile warranty extension!)

SOME 2011-2014 MODEL YEAR CHEVROLET CRUZE VEHICLES AND SOME 2012-2014 CHEVROLET SONIC VEHICLES WITH THE 1.4L ENGINE MAY HAVE AN ENGINE COOLANT LEAK FROM THE WATER PUMP.

Steering - 14232 - SPECIAL COVERAGE (10 YEAR / 150,000 MILE WARRANTY EXTENSION!)

SOME VEHICLES MAY HAVE INCREASED FRICTION IN THE STEERING SYSTEM. THIS COULD CAUSE THE STEERING WHEEL TO STICK IN THE STRAIGHT-AHEAD POSITION AFTER DRIVING LONG DISTANCES ON A STRAIGHT HIGHWAY. THE STEERING WHEEL CAN BE TURNED BUT IT MAY REQUIRE INCREASED EFFORT.
 

If you're in California and  own a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze (or any 2011-2014 Chevrolet Cruze) and have experienced any issues related to water pump failure, stalling, power steering failure, steering sticking, or any other concern that was covered under the manufacturer's warranty, please contact us immediately at 424-299-4447 for a free consultation for information regarding your vehicle and a potential lemon law claim!

 

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