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Just had my 07 malibus power steering repaired for a recall

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just had my 07 malibus power steering repaired for a recall at the ok now but now the traction control light is on plus a picture of a padlock.the first time it came on the speedo and tach flucuated,but that has stopped now
JA: When was the fluid last checked? Have you heard any whining noises while turning the wheel?
Customer: its electric p/s
JA: What is the model of your '07 Chevy?
Customer: malibu
JA: Are you fixing your Malibu yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: am trying to repair myself like I said just the p/s was repaired
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: just that all is working ok its just the 2 warning lights are on
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Chevy
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
the message on the dash came up with a power steering warning
Expert:  Eric Gardner replied 6 months ago.

Hello, in order to replace the electric power steering system, the wheel hubs have to be removed. If I was in your possiiton I would take the vehicle back to the dealer to have the traction control light evaluated. My guess is that there is a wheel speed sensor that needs to be plugged in that was left unplugged.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
nobody replaced the p/s system, they just upgraded a part in the steering column as in the recall . I will check the wheel sensors when I install my snow tires later in the week but the wheel hubs have never been removed
Expert:  Gary replied 6 months ago.

Hello there,

More than likely the dealer has disturbed a connection in the electrical system when they did the recall.

I would get the car looked asap by them, then you won't need to pay for anything.

There will be codes set for them to look at.

Hope this helps.


Expert:  Gary replied 6 months ago.

Hello Ken,

Do you need any further help?

Have you returned the car to the dealer?

I hope my advice has been of assistance to you.

Kind regards