Saturn Ion Problem Report

Saturn Ion Power Steering Hard to Turn and Warning Light On

(56 reports)

The power steering assist may be lost intermittently along with illumination of the "power steering" warning message. In most cases, the power steering system will return to normal when the ignition is cycled off and the engine is restarted. General Motors recommends to replace the electric power steering assist motor to correct this problem. They have extended the warranty on the power steering assist motor to 10 years or 100,000 miles on most 2004-2007 Ion models. This is not a "recall" but an extension of the original warranty.

Of course im over 100,000 miles when this started. -
arg - power steering out and saturn / gm has not called me back or responded to my request!! -
About a month ago, my power steering went completely out. I know there's a recall on the 2005-2007 models but not mine. This is really scary but I can't afford to have it fixed. It's a damn shame, too, since I just bought the car 5 months ago. -
power steering would fail randomly while driving; would be fine after a re-start power steering motor was replaced free of charge by a chevy dealer under a gm service bulletin -
I was driving down the road at about 40MPH when my car dinged and a warning message came on reading PWR STR. When I slowed down thats when it got hard to turn and control. I called Saturn and they told me there was a special coverage not a recall. Diffrerence...recall you take your car in right away to get it fixed as with special coverage you only take it in it youre experiencing the problems. The guy told me the special coverage is 10 years or 100000 miles and itll be fixed for free. Have an appointment on friday so we will see. -
Today, 26 March 2015, I started me car & when I started to back out I couldn't turn my wheel.. I looked at my dash and saw that it said PWR STR... I turned my car off, looked at my manual & discovered there is a power steering motor.. I started my car again, and the light was off & I was able to go everywhere I needed to go... I called a garage I go to, & was quoted $300 to $500 to fix it.. I wanted to compare prices, so I called the dealership. When the service guy plugged my VIN in the system a Recall popped up for this exact reason. The service guy said this recall is very recent & the recall notices aren't being sent out until 15 May... He set an appointment for next week. So good news everyone!!!! This "affected recommendation" is a full blown recall now.... -
Power Steering constantly goes out while driving. I have to stop turn car off and then restart and the problem stops for a little while but then will return causing me to stop, turn it off again...etc etc -
Traveling at about 15 miles per hour when 3 dings sounded and pwr steerng displayed on dash. At next turn I had to force the wheel to turn. It is 2014, is the special warranty I've read about still active although Saturn is gone? -
While driving I heard 3 beeps and then PWR STR was illuminated in the trip mileage monitor. The power steering was gone and it was very hard to turn the steering wheel. Once i turned off the engine and restarted it, the steering was fine. This has happened several times. A friend told me about this problem and that GM is not issuing a recall but that they are repairing the problem at no cost. I have an appointment to get it fixed tomorrow. It had better work!! -
Driving at a speed of 45 MPH, I lost power steering. At that speed I had some steering control, but extremely stiff. After slowing down to 25 MPH the car was almost impossible to steer. I had my car towed to a GM dealer where it was diagnosed as a failed electric power steering motor. It was repaired as a warranty replacement at no charge to me. -
My power steering will start to go out at low speeds and almost completely out when at idle. When I start to speed up it seems power right back up and the stiffness will go away. However, when turning there is still slight resistance and the wheel will not straighten itself out. Restarting my vehicle makes no difference either. Today I took it into a dealership to have my power steering motor replaced with a new kit. When I picked it up, I found that the problem still persisted! So I have scheduled another appointment, I just can't afford to have a completely different problem that won't be covered under a "special coverage." -
Steering difficult and PWR Str light is on. -
power steering went out -
My pwr str warning has came on twice, I had NO pwr str until I turned it off and restarted it. I can't afford to have this fixed and still waiting to get the ignition switch issue fixed!! We ONLY have one car to rely on right now and tough enough as it is!! Live in a small town where there is NOT a dealership to work on it, have to take it 60 miles to have it worked on, even for the recall issue!! Do they compensate for the expenses it takes to get it there and from??? FED UP -
I was going 80mph on the highway when my power steering failed. Luckily I was going straight when it all happened, but it was very scary. -
I can take my key out of ignition while driving down road and my power steering goes out now and then -
Power steering suddenly turns off. Also, check engine light stays on, and GM dealer looked at vehicle & said not to worry unless the "check engine" light started blinking. -
Power steering goes out intermittently but resets when engine restarted. -
Saturn Ion Power Steering goes out after moving the car 10 ft.light will illuminate. NO shops will repair without payment.. Saturn BOOOO.....GM BOOOOOOOOOOO. Buy a FORD!!!! -
Power steering assist stops working, and warning light comes on. still not fixed. -
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