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Just a warning to anyone who has a Saturn ION: There is a big problem with Saturn ION?s; this car will have the electric power steering turn off when you are driving down the road at high speeds. This makes it almost impossible to turn the car for it is now resisting you from turning it. Now people may say that it is just a fuse because this car has an electric power steering but changing the fuse is good but won?t fix the problem. Now if this ever happens to you what you need to do is try to pull off to the side (It will not be easy) then turn off your car and start it back up and your electric power steering will work again. If you have had this done to you or if you are worried about the electric power steering going out on your car (even if it many have low millage ) PLEASE CALL NHTSA at 888-327-4236 to document your complaint. You will need car year, VIN #, and current mileage. With enough complaints, the Ion will be added! Other GM cars that have had the electric power steering gone out have had a recall on them like the Chevy Cobalt. There have been reports all over the internet about this happening to Saturn Ion?s since 2004.

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The electric power steering motor is the problem,,,the new motor is only $92,,,,, and 15 mintues to replace,,,,easy easy

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  • Anonymous May 09, 2010

    the fuse is not the fault the motor overheats and the thermal fuse opens and stops it from working til it cools off,but the fuse is not the problem,its the motor overheating,,,replace the power steering motor and alll is good

  • J P May 14, 2010

    I have asked Saturn's parts department for the price of the part, my 2006 Ion needs one. They said it goes for $140 and it will take several hours to replace. Where can I get it for $92 and how can it be done in 15 min?

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