This same question was asked on another forum and this was the response from Chevy Customer Care.This morning, "Steering Assist is Restricted Drive with Care" came up on the display, as I left home and got on the freeway.
It didn't come back and steering felt fine. Anyone experienced this before ? Glitch ?
Looking at your fluids won't help. The power steering on the Bolt is strictly electric. We have seen at least one Bolt with lube leaking from the steering rack seal. If it runs low, the added friction might overheat the servo motor. Just a guess.I looked at all of my fluids and they seem to be at the correct levels.
Yeah, they're confusing "steering assist" with "power steering" - those are two entirely different things altogether.This GM response seems like BS to me.
Nope. The steering rack is "assisted" electrically, whether it is receiving signals from the steering wheel, or from a computer. Still the same system.Yeah, they're confusing "steering assist" with "power steering" - those are two entirely different things altogether.
OK, I interpreted "steering assist" as meaning "lane keeping assist" - I guess that was a bad assumption on my part.Nope. The steering rack is "assisted" electrically, whether it is receiving signals from the steering wheel, or from a computer. Still the same system.
Thanks for this information. If it comes back I'll take it to the dealer for sure. My bolts was one of the first one ever made in 2016. I am sure it's probably related to what you're saying. I just barely passed 5K miles on it BTW.We have seen at least one Bolt with lube leaking from the steering rack seal. If it runs low, the added friction might overheat the servo motor. Just a guess.
Did you ever drive an old model big car without power steering? It takes considerable effort to scrub the tires left or right standing still. Get moving slightly and it feels like power steering just kicked in, turning is easy. (Because now the tires roll toward the intended direction).Are you saying I can only turn the steering wheel when the car is moving?
I have a 1987 Pontiac Fiero. It definitely doesn't have any electric steering assist. Didn't need it as the car being so light and due to the weight distribution. Car really had great feeling through the steering wheel.Electric power steering assist was being developed by GM way back in the 1980s when the Pontiac Fiero was introduced. Since it was the only rear-engine GM vehicle at the time, using a regular hydraulic power steering assist required long hydraulic hoses from the pump and engine in the rear to the front mounted rack, GM did develop the electric version but I doubt it was ever used in the Fiero after the "bean counters" in GM management had the Fiero discontinued due to loss of sales.
This happens after getting the firmware update for this issue?I've gotten this a few times while descending the winding road from my hilltop home. The steering isn't affected, so the warning is bogus, and I certainly haven't been cranking the steering wheel into the stops, so the official explanation is unhelpful. Just one of those things, I guess.