I was driving my 2008 Hyundai i10 (1.1-litre IRDE) when suddenly the steering became very hard and the EPS warning light turned on. Later I realized that the tachometer had also conked out.
I searched the internet for similar cases and discovered that it is a pretty common issue in all older generation i10 and i20 cars. I took my car to Koshala Hyundai, the authorized service center and asked them to plug in their scan tool. The scan didn't pick any error code whatsoever.
I was by the mechanic's side the whole time and I could feel that they don't have much experience with diagnosing errors using the scan tools. He spoke with the in-charge when he couldn't find any definitive error and went on to explain to me what could've gone wrong. Apparently the power steering has 3 parts-
- The column itself with the motor and everything
- The EPS module while is placed just below the column.
- The ECM module which is like the black box.
The EPS module costs almost Rs. 6000 (INR) and the ECM module costs over Rs. 40000 (INR). I am very apprehensive about their diagnosis especially when they cannot prove anything or even get an error code and I don't want to believe anything they say. A lot of these ASSs have shady business practices and I don't want to spend more than 30% of my depreciated car's value over a mechanic's hunch.
Has anyone else faced a similar problem with their car? How did you resolve it?