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All of a sudden, while driving, slow the power steering on our 2006 Saturn Ion 2 sedan went out and the pwe str light came on; we turned the car off and restarted it and after about 30 seconds it happened again. We are senior citizens and frightened to drive the car. We have read that this is a problem with the Ions, has there been any recall on this or what should we do?

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The electric motors on the column are definitely a problem with these vehicles. The warranty coverage on these was extended and it wouldn't hurt to give your local gm dealer a call to see if you are still covered.

If they determine that you are not covered the repair isn't that costly. The motor will run you about $150 - $250 dollars and the labor will be about an hour or so to replace.

The motors are actually pretty easy to replace. They are held in with 2 bolts and take about 20 minutes to replace.

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Posted on Apr 22, 2011

  • yellowdogs May 21, 2011

    10187 SPECIAL COVERAGE
    Same problem...I took my Ion to Meineke and they told me about this "Special Coverage Adjustment." It's not an official recall but it cover certain VINs from 2004-2007 Ions. Your vehivle has to have less than 100,000 miles on it and GM will replace your power steering assist motor free of charge. YOU MUST check with the dealer prior for eligibility prior to bringing in youyr car. Also, there is a special provision for reimbursement under section 6.1.12 of the GM Service Policy and Procedures Manual.

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