2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Q&A

2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Question: Electronic power steering control

I went to get a 4 wheel alignment and they could not do it, because the steering is pulling and he said I needed to get the electroin power steering control check. I was trying to get an estimate of repairs and what all is in this process? -
Answer 1
Checking the electric power steering system in your 2005 Chevrolet Malibu in most cases should begin with 1 hour of diagnostic time. Once the fault is determined an estimate should be give on the cost to complete any necessary repairs. Please make sure you take your car to a repair shop qualified to diagnose and repair electric power steering systems. -
Comment 1
We have the same year vehicle and the check power steering light came on for a couple minutes then went out and has not come back on for about 500 miles so far. There is no noise or problems with the steering. The dealer said it was a problem with the sensor in the steering column that required replacing the wiring harness. Cost just more than $700 including parts and labor. -
Comment 2
my power steering did the same then eventually went out. just got a recall from GM and I am being reimbursed for my $607.00 power steering replacement from 3 yrs ago. -
Answer 2
The car has an electric power steering mechanism (not hydraulic) and a steering angle sensor that must be reset after a steering part replacement or sometimes after just a wheel alignment. The sensor can be reset either by a Chevrolet dealer or by some shops who have an alignment tool (made by Hunter) called CODELINK. The tool can reset the steering angle sensor at the conclusion of a wheel alignment, and the process shouldn't cost much. The major tire company stores (Goodyear & Firestone) usually have it. -