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So I've seen this discussed on here, and on GMInsideNews, and it seems like no one knows the answer. Let's see if we can't find the solution and put this issue to rest.

So, as the title says, hypothetically, let's say the power steering system craps out. Since it's NOT power-assist steering (unless you have the GTP), and it's fully-electric power steering, WHAT does one do if that electric motor craps out and the wheel does freeze up? Obviously, it's not like traditional power steering where you can still steer, just with significantly more effort. We all know the G6 has no formal steering wheel lock. When you power off the car, the electric motor shuts down, becoming the wheel lock. So if the motor fails, you CANNOT turn the wheel.

Does anyone know the real answer? What is the emergency procedure to help you control the car and get off the road safely in the event of a total loss of power steering? Is there a fuse you can pull or some way to allow the motor to "unlock" the wheel enough so you can get off the road, or are you truly SOL and you have to PRAY you don't hit a curve or in any way become stuck in a situation where your life - or another driver's - is in danger?
 

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But if you ever noticed, when you kill the engine, the wheel locks up. This is something I've only experienced with an electric power steering car. If that's any indication of how the wheel feels when the system fails, I can't imagine it being steerable on the road...
 

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S8ER99 said:
The only option you have if this happens is to shut the car off.. Put it in nuetral and turn the key. Then restart. This is what another G6 owner did to get steering back while driving on the freeway.

This is an interesting "fix..."

Makes me wonder...could the power asissted motor maybe be turning the WRONG way? Perhaps, if you slightly turn the wheel left, it gets a distorted signal, and tries to assist it to the right? I don't know, just a theory...but the fact that a restart of the car fixes the problem makes me suspect it isn't a mechanical problem such as a control arm or ball joint...
 
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