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Old 09-06-2013, 11:12 PM   #171
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I am at 420 miles right now. It happened again for the third time. I was dropping a friend home. We stepped out of the car and spoke for a few minutes. Got back into car and the annoying "Service Power Steering" error appeared again. I couldn't just wait in her drive-way for 15 minutes, she'd think I was weird. So I called her, stepped in and got myself a beer. Started the car after 15 minutes and the error had gone away.

The dealer couldn't figure it out the last time I took it in and he said "I know its not what you want to hear after spending 40k on a new car, but unfortunately we are unable to find the cause".

This is ridiculous. And its getting really annoying now.

I am trying to remember if there was a pattern. The one thing that was common in all three occurrences was that I did not lock the car. I simply walked away, came back after 5 to 10 minutes, and tried to start the car. Maybe I'll experiment this weekend, and see if I can force the "Power Steering Error" to appear again.
Apparenctly the remedy is , you move in with your ( friend ) have a beer every time you intend to drive the ZL1 and no more problems !!!
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:32 PM   #172
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I've been able to re-crate my power steering issue on a ride from Jacksonville to Georgia today.... First playing between Tour and Sport on suspension, nadda....... Then when I put car into SPORT MODE and switch between PTM's , the noise returns upfront when turning either direction.....

Which makes some sense, as it's my understanding, depending on which PTM mode one is in, the electronic steering is supposed to make the steering feel tighter?

However the noise is not supposed to be present!
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:09 PM   #173
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I have an update on my power steering unit error:
While I had not had a P.S. problem recently, I did start getting a "Service Suspension System" alert nearly every day. The error would resolve itself after a while. Took it to the dealer today, they found the front connector to the power steering unit was not pushed in all the way (not fully seated). There was a piece of plastic from the latch inside the connection, preventing it from going in all the way. Since fixing this, I've experienced no more errors. The mechanic mentioned much of the ECM communication goes through the P.S. unit and was likely the cause of the suspension errors (which were caused by an intermittent lack of communication).
Hope this helps someone with a similar issue.
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:46 AM   #174
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This happened to me today!.. twice. . First time I turned around and came home. I was going to drop wife off then go to dealership and then poof.. got home, shut it down for maybe 2 minutes and it was fine..


what is the fix for this when the car goes in? If they replace my ecm I will need to reflash it before the car could even be tested
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:43 AM   #175
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I have an update on my power steering unit error:
While I had not had a P.S. problem recently, I did start getting a "Service Suspension System" alert nearly every day. The error would resolve itself after a while. Took it to the dealer today, they found the front connector to the power steering unit was not pushed in all the way (not fully seated). There was a piece of plastic from the latch inside the connection, preventing it from going in all the way. Since fixing this, I've experienced no more errors. The mechanic mentioned much of the ECM communication goes through the P.S. unit and was likely the cause of the suspension errors (which were caused by an intermittent lack of communication).
Hope this helps someone with a similar issue.
Please tell me that someone has some pics of said connector?
Sounds like something that we should be able to check out at home in the garage rather than taking it to the dealership?
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:34 AM   #176
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Take off the belly pan and look at the rack. Check where the bundle of wires is tied to the rack and check all connections. Obviously someone on the assembly line was having issues plugging these connectors properly.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:28 PM   #177
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I have pictures of the plug and the plastic clip the Tech found inside it.
Send me a P.M. with your email address and I'll get them to you, or perhaps someone will post them on my behalf.

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Old 09-20-2013, 07:41 PM   #178
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Give me just a few minutes and I'll get the pics Outwestjim sent me uploaded and posted.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:29 AM   #179
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:41 AM   #180
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Sorry, Photobucket was doing maintenance last night so I didn't get the pics uploaded until just now.





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Old 09-21-2013, 10:00 AM   #181
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Thank you for posting the pictures, white 2SS/RS
In the second photo of the P.S. unit you can see two plugs. The plug nearest the camera is the one found to be not fully engaged.
The third photo shows the plastic clip found inside the plug, which is part of the latch.
No errors at all yesterday, with quite a bit of driving.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:03 AM   #182
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Absolutely! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:14 PM   #183
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I am at 420 miles right now. It happened again for the third time. I was dropping a friend home. We stepped out of the car and spoke for a few minutes. Got back into car and the annoying "Service Power Steering" error appeared again. I couldn't just wait in her drive-way for 15 minutes, she'd think I was weird. So I called her, stepped in and got myself a beer. Started the car after 15 minutes and the error had gone away.

The dealer couldn't figure it out the last time I took it in and he said "I know its not what you want to hear after spending 40k on a new car, but unfortunately we are unable to find the cause".

This is ridiculous. And its getting really annoying now.

I am trying to remember if there was a pattern. The one thing that was common in all three occurrences was that I did not lock the car. I simply walked away, came back after 5 to 10 minutes, and tried to start the car. Maybe I'll experiment this weekend, and see if I can force the "Power Steering Error" to appear again.

This has happened over 10 times now. No pattern. Happened after I locked the car. Love the car when it works. Hate the company's attitude. Hate the dealer's attitude. There is nothing I can do about it. I could take it to the dealer's shop and tell them to keep the car till they've fixed the issue - I don't think it'll help.

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Old 09-27-2013, 05:16 PM   #184
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Apparenctly the remedy is , you move in with your ( friend ) have a beer every time you intend to drive the ZL1 and no more problems !!!
Haha, if only I could convince her !
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:11 PM   #185
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Haha, if only I could convince her !
Just convince her that she came up with the idea.
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:40 PM   #186
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Mine just failed... 1100 miles on it. Road side assist is on the way. I'll report back what the dealer says.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:06 PM   #187
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Mine just failed... 1100 miles on it. Road side assist is on the way. I'll report back what the dealer says.
Dealer couldn't pull a code and the steering is working now.

I'm picking it up today.

Many people have posted that should this problem happen, low speed is a problem but higher speed is not. THAT IS INCORRECT!

This car has an electrical steering system and I can tell you first hand that at speed, this car is very dangerous without the power steering. I知 a big guy and I struggled to get the car turned at any speed.

When my car痴 power steering went out yesterday it was like arm wrestling a bug guy around the turns at ANY SPEED. I won, but it took a lot of work.

The dealer couldn稚 find a code and the problem cleared itself by the time road side assist got to me. Frankly, I知 pretty scared of what would happen if my wife were driving the car; especially with my 2 small kids in the back seat. I知 90% positive that if this were to happen at high speed in a turn of any degree, the car will end up in the ditch or worse.

I really hope GM figures out this issue and sends out TSB痴 to address this very, very dangerous problem.

I知 not happy that the codes cleared and the problem is gone because now the dealer has no way of fixing the car. I知 picking it up today, but I知 not very confident that the car is safe.

Be careful out there
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