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suemunds
12-29-2014, 01:39 PM
I bought a 500L Trekking edition in May and have just now started to have a problem with the steering wheel sticking a bit. I notice it most at higher speeds, 60-70 mph. It takes a little more pressure than normal to to make slight adjustments to the wheel to keep the car going straight. After I've been driving on the highway for a while, it feels like I'm fighting the wheel. Has anyone else had this problem?

DDT
12-29-2014, 03:52 PM
Just to give you one more data point. I have a 500L Easy manufactured in July/2013 and bought in April 2014. This steering wheel problem is not something that I've experienced nor heard about. You may want to check the NHTSA website for any other reports of this problem. -> http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners/

Good Luck.

Rally500
12-29-2014, 08:38 PM
Just to give you one more data point. I have a 500L Easy manufactured in July/2013 and bought in April 2014. This steering wheel problem is not something that I've experienced nor heard about. You may want to check the NHTSA website for any other reports of this problem. -> http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners/

Good Luck.

Hi don't forget that we have electric assist steering rack and with highway speed there s less assistance for better road feel.if your previous ride had a regular hydrolic power steering they don t feel the same.
Ciao

REM
02-20-2015, 10:52 AM
I bought a 500L Trekking edition in May and have just now started to have a problem with the steering wheel sticking a bit. I notice it most at higher speeds, 60-70 mph. It takes a little more pressure than normal to to make slight adjustments to the wheel to keep the car going straight. After I've been driving on the highway for a while, it feels like I'm fighting the wheel. Has anyone else had this problem?

Hi Sue,
I have a Trekking purchased new in January '14 and have experienced the same issue you mentioned. It was first noticed at higher speeds, but the "sticking" has become a regular problem at lower speeds in town and at times the wheel almost has to be forced to keep the car in a lane, which often times causes over-steering and veering into another lane. It's been in for service twice, the first time they could not replicate the problem and most recently they found a computer module issue that was apparently communicating a front end mis-alignment. However it does not seem to be fixed. The technician indicated they have had a few problems where one of the electric steering motors went bad, I believe there are a total of 4, and had to be replaced. It's been about a week since this last service appointment and I don't think the "computer mis-communication" fixed the problem. I also have an older Saturn Vue that has electric steering and after 147,000 miles never had a problem with the steering.

bobbinator
02-20-2015, 01:34 PM
I bought a 500L Trekking edition in May and have just now started to have a problem with the steering wheel sticking a bit. I notice it most at higher speeds, 60-70 mph. It takes a little more pressure than normal to to make slight adjustments to the wheel to keep the car going straight. After I've been driving on the highway for a while, it feels like I'm fighting the wheel. Has anyone else had this problem?

I own Abarth and 2 500L for my wife and my sister. One was bought January 2014 and other one bought April 2014 both Trekking.

The one that my wife drives which was purchased in January had similar issues but after putting on 5k miles, the problem went away.

I don't know what it was but now the car has 20k miles and it has no issue at all.

REM
02-20-2015, 03:09 PM
I own Abarth and 2 500L for my wife and my sister. One was bought January 2014 and other one bought April 2014 both Trekking.

The one that my wife drives which was purchased in January had similar issues but after putting on 5k miles, the problem went away.

I don't know what it was but now the car has 20k miles and it has no issue at all.

Thanks! Ours has a little over 9,000 miles and is predominantly driven by my wife. We'll see how it goes over the next few weeks.

suemunds
02-22-2015, 10:12 AM
I'm at a little over 9,000 miles too but still noticing the problem. Took it to the dealer but they said that's just how the steering is. Since it was a local chevy dealer bought by Fiat, and now Maserati (LOL), not sure they know what they're talking about.

Davidandtracy
04-14-2015, 03:50 PM
Strange as it may seem, I have a 2014 Fiat 500L with sticking steering also. You have to nudge it as it seems to build up resistance to movement after a few seconds and requires a nudge of the wheel to ease it off. Further, when turning to the left, there is a pronounced loss of steering for less than a second, like one of the wheels lost traction, however, this occurs at normal, not high, turning speeds. The Fiat mechanic has had the car for the third time and has never fully corrected the problem with the steering. Further, I have a miss between 2000 and 3000 rpms on acceleration which they can't correct. I am slowly falling out of love with my Fiat 500L.

jairt
05-19-2015, 03:32 PM
Have a Fiat 500L as well and experiencing the same steering issues. Have taken it multiple times to the dealership with multiple alignments. Each time, I've been told that its normal or been described the "engineering/ natural slope of roads" really? I'm slightly relieved to know that others are having the same problem and have officially had it as of yesterday. I emailed fiat customer service and suggest that you all do the same. Its ridiculous and extremely annoying to be driving a new car and fighting your steering wheel in order to keep your car moving straight on a road with no curves. I also think its dangerous and I don't feel comfortable driving at higher speeds. Let me know if anyone else hears anything. Ill post something when i receive word back from fiat. Again, I hope you all email customer service with the issue.

Fiat500USA
05-19-2015, 04:05 PM
Hi don't forget that we have electric assist steering rack and with highway speed there is less assistance for better road feel.if your previous ride had a regular hydrolic power steering they don t feel the same.
Ciao

Good point worth noting. The Electric Power Steering (EPS) system provides variable assist for steering maneuvers based on several inputs, including Vehicle Speed, Steering Angle Sensor (SAS), and Vehicle Voltage. The steering will not feel the same all the time because of this.

all8up053
06-14-2015, 07:13 PM
My wife's Easy has this same problem at highway speeds. It is as if the electric assist is fighting the minor inputs which requires more steering angle input to overcome.

LHS
07-28-2015, 09:55 PM
I bought a 500L Trekking edition in May and have just now started to have a problem with the steering wheel sticking a bit. I notice it most at higher speeds, 60-70 mph. It takes a little more pressure than normal to to make slight adjustments to the wheel to keep the car going straight. After I've been driving on the highway for a while, it feels like I'm fighting the wheel. Has anyone else had this problem?

I have a Trekking 2014 bought in Sept 2013. I live in the mountains on N.C. and have had the "sticking" steering issue MANY times around the curves on the mountain roads...Speeds are between 35-45MPH. Very scary. It's like the "power steering" goes manual, except I feel like sometime I can't control it at all. It only happens around the curves (I'm prob going to end up going of the side of the mountain!!!!), but when I took it in for service, the issue needs to "actually happen" while the service advisor/mechanic is driving. Well... there aren't the kind of curves in ATL that there are in N.C. mountains. At a total loss, but so relived to hear there are other people experiencing similar issues! Looking for advise and/or help!!

suemunds
07-29-2015, 07:32 AM
I have a Trekking 2014 bought in Sept 2013. I live in the mountains on N.C. and have had the "sticking" steering issue MANY times around the curves on the mountain roads...Speeds are between 35-45MPH. Very scary. It's like the "power steering" goes manual, except I feel like sometime I can't control it at all. It only happens around the curves (I'm prob going to end up going of the side of the mountain!!!!), but when I took it in for service, the issue needs to "actually happen" while the service advisor/mechanic is driving. Well... there aren't the kind of curves in ATL that there are in N.C. mountains. At a total loss, but so relived to hear there are other people experiencing similar issues! Looking for advise and/or help!!

It's very interesting, and I've seen other posts that said this - after putting a few more miles on my Fiat, the problem went away. At around 10,000 miles or so. That doesn't make it any less scary when it's happening, though!

MJAB
07-29-2015, 06:55 PM
In Italy some people reported similar problems, some with straight lines problems, other with problems turning (most turning left). On some cars built in 2013 the complete steering system was changed. Others had the problem resolution with software upgrades and calibrations.

It is always better to contact Fiat customer service since many times dealers don't report issues if they don't arrive to reproduce it by themselves.

Many manufacturers have problems with electric steering systems, that are complex (for example also the electronic stability system acts on the sterring wheel electric motors or the active lane departure systems).
One of the main reasons why electric assisted steering systems are more often used is because of increase of mpg.

jairt
07-30-2015, 02:43 AM
Hey, Guys. I have some news on this, After multiple unsuccessful alignments at the Landmark Fiat Dealership in Atlanta (ranging from when I had only a few thousand miles, til about 17k miles,) I finally took my Fiat to the dealership where I bought it; Fiat of South Atlanta. The Service Manager determined that my 'steering angle sensor was out 6 degrees and would not calibrate.' The invoice states that Part 68240848AA was installed, that the EPS unit was replaced, and then finally, a calibration was done.

This has resolved all problems with the steering.
I still get paranoid at times, wondering if its not aligned correctly at all times, but Im sure that everything is back to new/manufacture specifications. Still, its sad that there was a steering issue that required the replacement of a unit that cost a few thousand of dollars.

I had to contact Fiat customer service to complain about the multiple alignments and then set up the meeting with the Service Manger from Fiat of South Atlanta, where Fiat Customers Service kept in touch with the dealership to monitor all discoveries.

In my opinion, had I not taken the car in to the Fiat dealership several times for alignments, (and kept records,) I believe that my repairs may not have been covered under warranty.

But yes, I read the handful of comments that we have in this thread, and find myself saying 'yep, I had that problem, too.' So, I hope this helps all on the thread. As I said before, you HAVE to call Fiat Corp Customer service so that they will have this as a documented issue that has occurred in multiple vehicles. Aside from that, make sure that you are getting your Fiat serviced at a Fiat Dealership that has a Fiat master technician, someone who has been trained extensively to understand these cars. The dealership that finally rectified the issue was where I should've gone in the first place. Every time I took the 500L to the Landmark fiat dealership for another alignment, they would look at me like i was crazy and tell me that the steering complaints that I had were common with any car, and that all roads had a 'slope' to them which would explain the problem that I was having.. Really??

At any rate, good luck to all. I hope that you all look in to this and comment back with some good news.

Best,

Jair

watje999
11-05-2015, 04:59 AM
I bought a 500L Trekking edition in May and have just now started to have a problem with the steering wheel sticking a bit. I notice it most at higher speeds, 60-70 mph. It takes a little more pressure than normal to to make slight adjustments to the wheel to keep the car going straight. After I've been driving on the highway for a while, it feels like I'm fighting the wheel. Has anyone else had this problem?
Same problem, the steering wheel sticks at center after 20-30 miles. There's no relation to outside temperature, and resetting by ignition off/on does not help. It's hard then to keep it in lane then, and also no relation with "city" on or off. When standing still you can also feel sticking when slightly turning the wheel. Any solution yet?

Ez2517
12-04-2015, 06:07 AM
Same issue here (on highway speeds). 500L Diesel from 2014.

FiatCares
12-04-2015, 11:06 AM
I found a TSB that might address this concern. I've pasted some information regarding the TSB below. I would recommend bringing the vehicle to your local studio for diagnostics.

TSB NUMBER: 02-003-15
GROUP: Front Suspension
DATE: January 27, 2015

SUBJECT: Vehicle Pulls Or Leads Right Or Left

OVERVIEW: This bulletin involves properly diagnosing and correcting a lead/pull condition.

SYMPTOM/CONDITION: The customer may describe the vehicle pulls or leads right or left.

watje999
12-05-2015, 10:20 AM
I found a TSB that might address this concern. I've pasted some information regarding the TSB below. I would recommend bringing the vehicle to your local studio for diagnostics.

TSB NUMBER: 02-003-15
GROUP: Front Suspension
DATE: January 27, 2015

SUBJECT: Vehicle Pulls Or Leads Right Or Left

OVERVIEW: This bulletin involves properly diagnosing and correcting a lead/pull condition.

SYMPTOM/CONDITION: The customer may describe the vehicle pulls or leads right or left.
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Thanks very much for your reaction, I've adressed this info to the cardealer here again.

Ez2517
12-21-2015, 03:57 AM
My car has this 'sticky wheel' condition even sometimes at standstill. So on mine i think it is not a suspension issue, rather an issue with the electric steering itself.

ramonhawk
12-21-2015, 07:18 PM
I dont know if the issue im having is related to this, sometimes when you kinda try to do a u turn or something like that, feels like wheels are hitting the chassis or locking and then the steering wheel starts to rattle...
I used to drive a scion xb and never had an issue like this...

Ez2517
01-04-2016, 09:02 AM
By the way, in an Italian 500L forum, there is a 24 page(!) long thread about steering issues. But it seems that Fiat has no fix for the problems.

Brandy

watje999
01-05-2016, 04:53 AM
Same problem, the steering wheel sticks at center after 20-30 miles. There's no relation to outside temperature, and resetting by ignition off/on does not help. It's hard then to keep it in lane then, and also no relation with "city" on or off. When standing still you can also feel sticking when slightly turning the wheel. Any solution yet?

I brought my 500L Living in for a fix for this problem, and they fixed it under warranty (within 2 years). They replaced the electric steering assy which solved it completely.
The fiat dealer showed a good action, replacement car and fix within 2 days.

Ez2517
02-26-2016, 10:27 AM
I took mine to the dealer last week, and they also immediately proposed to replace the power steering unit. So Luigi will undergo surgery next week.

Brandy

wwang1
12-21-2018, 06:30 PM
Well, this thread is pretty cold now, but I have started having the problem on my 2014 Fiat 500L Trekking. It seems to have started at about 35K miles. It does not seem dangerous, but does not contribute to enjoyable driving either! I am about to call a dealer, and would like to get to the bottom of this quickly, if possible. Any new information from other 500L owners?