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Old 05-23-2012, 08:10 PM   #26
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Of course I will check the basics of the wires and associated fuses first; however, a trip to the dealer may be necessary. I stopped to get gas and when I restarted the car, the steering felt totally unassisted and then the error message of "service power steering". I pressed the ONStar button and they had no info other than to be careful and they saw the same error message on their diagnostics. Darn it
what number car you have. just curious as mine went out for a couple hours at 60 miles on odometer. i let it sit in the drive and it fixed itself, hasnt happened again in 1600 miles
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:11 PM   #27
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Correct me if I am wrong, but the rack and pinion is basically the "same" for any vehicle. This one uses electric assist vs belt driven pump assist.

Unless you want manual, back to the 60s, no power assist steering, I do not understand what you mean?
A manual steering rack, I am converting my s10 to it
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:13 PM   #28
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If the car is rolling pretty fast, you'd probably barely notice the loss of power assist...it's no big deal having no power steering above 15 mph.
lmfao!!! try driving one of these without the assist and report back to this thread.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:33 PM   #29
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My car is #917...been fine for 100 miles
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:13 PM   #30
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lmfao!!! try driving one of these without the assist and report back to this thread.
Assist is very.....what's the right word....."minimal" at speed. Especially if you're in sport mode...When you're parked though, I'm betting the effort put forth from the steering rack could shift a house from it's foundation!!

Those front tires are literally IMPOSSIBLE to turn without power steering....

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Old 05-24-2012, 10:38 PM   #31
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Put me down for PS BS!!!!!

Well guys.. I got my car yesterday number 1218, and I have 137 miles on the car... ALL highway miles back from dealer and then to work and back today. Haven't even opened it up yet and as I was coming up my driveway into the garage my power steering dies!!!! I literally almost hit my wife's car while i was trying to turn in. I really hope it resets or something just got screwy in the ECM.. Happens to my 2001 ZO6 active suspension/traction control system.. After a few miles of driving, it seems to work fine... Gonna call dealer tomorrow and see what's up. Sigh... this car is so awesome, I almost felt it was too good to be true...not I fear that it might be. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come. Very disappointing....
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:31 AM   #32
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Fixed it! I think!

Not being completely familiar with the car and the electrical system quite yet, i started looking around the engine compartment... I happened to notice a small plug and wire clip/holder on the drivers side, right above what I think is the alternator that seemed to only be plugged in half way. I squeezed past the air box and rubber air tube and reached in and pushed on it and I heard a click. I started car and no more steering problem. I hope this does the trick.. Oh well. It worked for now! I hope this can be of use to someone else.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:16 AM   #33
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cool....take a pic of this mysterious plug just in case it may help. Thanks!
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Well guys.. I got my car yesterday number 1218, and I have 137 miles on the car... ALL highway miles back from dealer and then to work and back today. Haven't even opened it up yet and as I was coming up my driveway into the garage my power steering dies!!!! I literally almost hit my wife's car while i was trying to turn in. I really hope it resets or something just got screwy in the ECM.. Happens to my 2001 ZO6 active suspension/traction control system.. After a few miles of driving, it seems to work fine... Gonna call dealer tomorrow and see what's up. Sigh... this car is so awesome, I almost felt it was too good to be true...not I fear that it might be. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come. Very disappointing....
Congratulations on your new Camaro. I am sorry to hear of the concern you are having. Your dealership should be able to diagnose what happened with your vehicle. The good news is, is that you are safe and that your vehicle is also safe. Please keep us updated and let us know how service went.

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Old 05-26-2012, 08:23 PM   #35
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I had a power steering fail for a few minutes. Turned the car off - went into the grocery store - it was fine 20 minutes later. I'm kind of worried it may happen again now... :/
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I knew the first ZL-1s were going to have some issue.
....in defense of the first year issues lament, every year has issues and problems, this is a singular report to the best of my knowledge. No different than any other equipment malfunction on any particular model year. When it get's to a recall, check back in with us....
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:14 PM   #37
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....in defense of the first year issues lament, every year has issues and problems, this is a singular report to the best of my knowledge. No different than any other equipment malfunction on any particular model year. When it get's to a recall, check back in with us....
umm, my 2010 SS has had zero problems. rock solid all the way.
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:01 AM   #38
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GM will/must find the problem, because how can you have a factory track car that does not have a reliable power steering system. Can anyone imagine doing a high speed turn and your power steering system malfunction?
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:39 AM   #39
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GM will/must find the problem, because how can you have a factory track car that does not have a reliable power steering system. Can anyone imagine doing a high speed turn and your power steering system malfunction?
That is where you wouldn't notice it. It's slow going that is tough with out it.
As one poster noted, going slow into his driveway almost hit his wifes car.

I have had no problems at all. Car is perfect.
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:34 PM   #40
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That is where you wouldn't notice it. It's slow going that is tough with out it.
As one poster noted, going slow into his driveway almost hit his wifes car.

I have had no problems at all. Car is perfect.
no problems here either with #80 (thank God). btw love the IOM dan that or white was my 2nd choice.
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umm, my 2010 SS has had zero problems. rock solid all the way.
...there yo go! Like a Rock....Chevy.....
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:02 PM   #42
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So far so good with the power steering on mine, for what it's worth.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:07 PM   #43
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I knew the first ZL-1s were going to have some issue.
Like new aircraft, there will be service bulitens for new cars that are just out.
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:08 PM   #44
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Ok! Picked up #1400 yesterday and at 109 miles I had a Power Steering loss in my driveway. Let it sit for ~7min, fixed itself but I called my service adviser and let him know about it. Happens again, it will go into the dealer to get looked at.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:13 PM   #45
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Ok! Picked up #1400 yesterday and at 109 miles I had a Power Steering loss in my driveway. Let it sit for ~7min, fixed itself but I called my service adviser and let him know about it. Happens again, it will go into the dealer to get looked at.
Hmmmmmmm, not cool
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This is gonna happen to someone at the wrong place at the wrong time and it's gonna cause GM one huge lawsuit.

Oh boy....
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:31 PM   #47
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ZL1 #140. Just shy of 5000 miles and no Power Steering issues yet...
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:37 PM   #48
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I had the power steering failure and fault message pop up at the dealer when I picked up (7 miles) the car...actually happened in the garage as I was going through the car intro. session with the dealer. They followed the service alert protocol which finally had them call GM. By that point it was working again.

GM told the dealer that this had been seen before and has only been a single experience..."once it happens it does not occur again". However, if it did happen I was to bring it back to the dealer and they would fly out an engineer to investigate the issue first hand.

So far so good...355 miles.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:10 PM   #49
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Wasn't issues with the power steering one of the first rumours regarding the cause of the shutdown...
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This is gonna happen to someone at the wrong place at the wrong time and it's gonna cause GM one huge lawsuit.

Oh boy....
I am hoping you are wrong for the sake of anyone who may be involved. Also, power steering should only affect low speed maneuvering. At "dangerous" speeds it should have little effect in most cases. Hopefully it adds up to nothing more than a few scary moments for owners.
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