One of the only problems I read with the 2016's are the steering pumps going out and all of the sudden leaving the driver with a locked up steering wheel. How often does this problem come up and should I be worried about this with this car I'm looking at?
Welcome to the forum.
Loss of power steering assist was more common in earlier Acadias (2007-2011) and covered by a special extension of the warranty. It's seldom discussed in relation to later years of the vehicle. Good luck with your decision.
One person found a cracked grommet where the PS hose went through a metal bracket, resulting in the hose chaffing against the metal bracket, causing a leak of fluid.
But earlier models seem to have complaints about whole steering racks needing replacement (for HUGE cost), then the PS pump afterwards (or vice-versa).
This is all very odd because Hydraulic Power Steering has always been very reliable in automobiles for decades. You would think if there was a bad pump design that failed internally ... that this would be corrected with a new pump design and that would be the end of it.
I guess I would inspect the power steering system very closely, pay close attention to it during a test drive, then get in the habit of checking the PS fluid at each gas-up, and just always being sensitive to any kind of steering anomaly while owning the vehicle.
Compare the 2016 Acadia with a like version of the 2016 Ford Explorer (many people recommend Explorer over Acadia). You'll be amazed. Acadia in the above link has 2 recalls and 43 complaints vs the 7 recalls and 866 complaints for Explorer. Twelve of the Acadia complaints were about steering problems - the Ford had 179. If you're that "scared" about buying the Acadia, purchase some kind of extended service plan for the vehicle.
Locking up and steering getting hard are 2 different things.
Like any PS vehicle- the steering wheel gets harder to turn when the PS goes out- or engine shut off.
But youre still able to turn the wheel.
I have a 2010- about to hit 156,000-- Im still on the factory pump and rack.
Haven't had issues with the hydraulic power steering on any GM vehicle that used that tech I've owned for years. And that goes back quite a long ways.
The only issue I noticed was the usual PS "groan" Equinox and Terrain had with the V6 engine. Some were just occasional or in cold weather . . others were more often.
But I never had a GM hydraulic PS "lock up" on me.