Power Steering Hard to Turn and Warning Light On on Saturn Ion

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.

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Average mileage: 100,660 (15,000–180,000)
5 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007
95 people reported this problem
54 people shared problem details
2006 Saturn Ion131,000
Of course im over 100,000 miles when this started.
2003 Saturn Ion80,100
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.
arg - power steering out and saturn / gm has not called me back or responded to my request!!
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
2007 Saturn Ion58,000
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?
2006 Saturn Ion137,000
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
2006 Saturn Ion97,000
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!!
2007 Saturn Ion97,800
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.
2007 Saturn Ion109,000
I recently purchased a 2007 saturn Ion. When to park last night my steering wheel was hard to turn. When I went to re-park my car this morning, there seemed to be no issue.
2006 Saturn Ion127,000
I tried to back out and the steering wheel wouldn't turn...getting it towed to the shop in the morning. I read all the other stories, this ain't right.
2006 Saturn Ion15,000
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.
2005 Saturn Ion160,000
Power keep shutn off and pwer str keep poping up on my dash
The dealership replaced it in Aug of 2015.... But I have only 46000 miles and I have lost power steering ..... I had it hooked up and they said it was a power steering modular because it could not communicate with that component.when I called the dealership told me it could be something else
2003 Saturn Ion125,000
it is very hard to turn to the left, makes lots of noises and it is not right...
2004 Saturn Ion19,000
Need to find where the fuse is located for power steering and type of fuse. Please
2006 Saturn Ion93,000
Took it to the dealer on Nov 2014 and they replaced the steering motor, now, Jan 2016, still get the power steering been lost, would they repair again under the warranty?
2003 Saturn Ion177,000
Tough Steering same as above
2004 Saturn Ion167,000
Power steering is hard to turn and the power steering light is on
2007 Saturn Ion109,111
The. Power steering
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