Question about 2004 Saturn ION
The power steering indicator came on and the power steering was out. What could cause this problem? I can't even find where the power steering fluid goes and the owner's manual is no help at all.
The motor on the power steering is overheating which causes the thermal overloads to trip.
go tho the junk yard and buy a motor for a 2004 thru 206 ion or a 2004 thru 2008 chevy colbalt.
they are all the same. You may have to buy the wholle steering colum but you can remove the motor with 2 - 12mm bolts and a quick dissconnect pulg. Replace just the motor as the whole steering colum is a bit more complicated. the dealerships want you to replace the whoe steering colum, in fact that is the only way they sell the parts. It is a scam. Just the motor needs to be replaced.
I have done it on 4 different ions. try to get a motor with few as possible miles and as new as possible. I have paid between $50 and $125 for these. The dealer wants $900 fnad about $500 to install. It is very simple to do. Only 2 bolts.
Posted on May 20, 2009
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.
Posted on Apr 13, 2010
There is a special coverage for power steering problems on the Saturn Ion. Mine is a 2005 and all I had to do was call Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6000 and give them my Vin number. They even helped hook me up with a dealer in my area (happens to be Chevy) that could fix it.
Posted on Mar 03, 2011
ANY ONE WITH A SATURN ION THAT HAS POWER STEERING PROBLEMS....PLEASE READ....The power steering recall on the cars just made by GM have the very same steering parts as the Saturn Ion. But the Ion was not included in the recall... 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!
Posted on Mar 03, 2010
I have an 04 ion myself and just got back from the dealerdship and had a dianostic check on it i have the same problem as other with the electronic power steering it gets really loose or tight and the power steering light comes on as well as the check vehicle light the problem with mine is the PSCM (power steering control module) its in the steering column itself. the guy at the dealership told me those go out all the time with ions and there is no recall on them which is bs to me. so people with the same problem sorry to say but thats most likely the problem 9 times out of 10 it is it could be the fuse but like i said its the PSCM. you can tjust order a new motor or module you have to replace the whole column and its costly i got a invoice for nabout $700 but it could be close to a $1000
Posted on Nov 14, 2008
To all you ION owners, I just hung up from a Saturn dealer and this power steering problem has now been recalled. You should be able to get it fixed under the recall, for those that have already paid to have it fixed you can apply for a refund from the dealer that repaired it. Hope this helps all of you.
Posted on Mar 20, 2010
Posted on Oct 23, 2008
Just replace the power steering fuses, there are two. When you take it in, they of course, wont tell you that. But if that doesnt work then you do have a problem. When you jump the car using the battery it blows the fuses.
Posted on Dec 04, 2008
Same problem with steering here also. replaced steering column twice, module twice and fuses.. no help at all trying to just get rid of the car nothing but problems since day one.
Posted on Dec 20, 2009
I know you have already got an answer, and yes your power steering is electronic. But i had this same problem and the dealership ended up replacing the entire steering column and electronic module...almost $1,000 repair. just so ya know :)
Posted on Nov 08, 2008
Sorry to scare you but my daughter's '06 Saturn ION had power steering suddenly go out when she was exiting interstate on a loop-around exit one week-end. She had to fight the steering wheel with all her strength to get the car to turn the curve. The problem occurred off & on the rest of the week-end. No warning, just the light would come on & out went the power steering immediately.
Took it into dealership following Monday, they said it would require the WHOLE STEERING COLUMN to be replaced as there is no separate steering box like in the old days. Bill was around $900.00! What choice do we have when we're still making payments on the danged car!?
Posted on Nov 02, 2008
1. There is no power steering fluid in the Saturn Ion
2. There is a recall on the power steering, take it to your local Chevy and they will fix it
3. To reset it turn your car off then on again
Posted on Jun 06, 2012
Sometimes when you jump a car it blows a fuse, turns out it blew both of my power steering fuses it cost $7.14 for both fuses. Luckily that was my only problem. Might wanna check the fuses before you pay for major work done.
Posted on Jul 26, 2011
I recently started having freak problems with my power steering where it just started cutting out on me while i was driving around. I happened one night and then continued to happen again and again. it would come back on when i would stop the car, turn the ignition off and then turn it back on. I was told about a similar problem by a friend of mine who had this happen with her saturn. She called GM and they replaced her power steering for free. She told me she called the dealership and they gave her a 1800 number to call. Supposedly they are doing a "quiet recall" of sorts. I didnt want to get the run around from the dealership so I just got the number online and called. They called it "extended coverage" for 10 years or 100,000 miles. They hooked me up with a specific dealership and i am taking my car in on monday! They have to order the parts but I can handle waiting if it is going to be free.
Posted on Oct 22, 2010
I have Saturn Ion Quad Cope with 34,000 KM on it, and its the same problem.
I want to do a letter from people who have the same problem with Electric Power Steering, and send it to GM that they will do something faster. If you want to enjoy, feel free to send me an email Adept11@gmail.com
Posted on Nov 12, 2009
I have had this same problem for awhile now. I replaced the fuses and the power steering still goes out. I guess I can still drive the car but with the small steering wheel parallel parking is a *****. I am taking the car in on Monday to see what the dealership can do but if it is around $1000 bucks I will be driving this car old school.
Posted on Aug 23, 2009
I tried to jump the car and ended up blowing some fuses. One of them was the power steering fuse. Replaced it and Bob's yer uncle.
Posted on Nov 23, 2008
Thanks guys for the info on this site! It saved me a grand. I did not nor would have I known about the so called silent recall on the power steering if I had not found your posts.
We have a 2004 Saturn ION with 99,485 miles on it and by calling GM I got it fixed at no cost. I just made it under the 100,000 miles, 10 year mark.
Posted on Mar 03, 2012
Just check the red wire on the left side on the fuse block under the hood.and tight it.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It is an electric assist steering. On very heavy use the motor can become overheated and goes into "safe mode" only partial assist until it cools down. Repeated attempts at parrallel parking have been know to cause this.
Posted on Jan 24, 2009
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