November 15, 2002
Recalled Cavalier, Lumina APV, Venture, Silhouette, Grand Prix, Sunfire and
- General Motors Corp. has recalled the Chevrolet Cavalier - Lumina APV
- Venture, Oldsmobile Silhouette, and the Pontiac Grand Prix - Sunfire -
Transport because bearing retaining tabs were not crimped properly.
Number of Units Affected: 1,159,156
Manufactured: 01/1996 - 07/1996
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES AND MINI VANS HAVE LOWER PINION BEARINGS IN THE
POWER RACK AND PINION ASSEMBLY IN WHICH THE RETAINER TABS WERE NOT CRIMPED
PROPERLY. THESE AND SOME OTHER RETAINERS USED IN VEHICLES ASSEMBLED BETWEEN
JANUARY 1, 1996 AND OCTOBER 31, 1997, COULD FAIL AND PERMIT THE BALL
BEARINGS TO ESCAPE.
IF THIS OCCURS, THE PINION SHAFT CAN BE FORCED UPWARD DURING LEFT TURNS AND
BACK DOWN AS THE STEERING WHEEL IS MOVED BACK AND TO THE RIGHT. IF THE
PINION SHAFT MOVES FURTHER, THE DRIVER WILL NEED TO EXERT MORE EFFORT TO
TURN THE STEERING WHEEL, SIMILAR TO A VEHICLE WITHOUT POWER ASSISTED
STEERING. IF THE PINION SHAFT MOVES EVEN FURTHER, THE DRIVER WILL REQUIRE
MUCH HIGHER EFFORT TO TURN LEFT AND MAY NOT BE ABLE TO TURN THE WHEEL AS
MUCH AS INTENDED. WITH THE MAXIMUM PINION SHAFT MOVEMENT, WHICH REQUIRES
INTERNAL GEAR COMPONENT DAMAGE, THE DRIVER CAN ENCOUNTER HIGH RESISTANCE TO
TURNING LEFT, FOLLOWED BY UNINTENDED POWER ASSIST TO THE RIGHT. IN EITHER OF
THESE CONDITIONS, A CRASH COULD OCCUR.
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW LOWER PINION BEARING UNLESS INSPECT OF THE
EXISTING BEARING INDICATES THAT REPLACEMENT OF THE GEAR ASSEMBLY IS
NECESSARY. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JANUARY 2003.
OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON
SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME
SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-222-1020, PONTIAC AT 1-800-762-2737, OR
OLDSMOBILE AT 1-800-442-6537.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02V286000.
Regarding Auto Recalls
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auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA
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If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.
Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!
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