Questions tagged [power-steering]

Typically a hydraulic pump used to multiply force that is inputted through a vehicle's steering wheel by the operator of the vehicle. Newer vehicles can possibly utilize electric motors to power the process.

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Is it bad to drive a vehicle if power steering is defunct?

My truck's power steering pump is broken (leaking) so I had to drain the fluid. I was able to drive it around the parking lot, with considerable difficulty steering. I need to get the truck home, ...
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What colour should power steering fluid be?

Recently started shopping for first car, so want to know as much as possible when going into a sale. Car I looked at recently has a brown dirty colour in the power steering reservoir, but the stuff ...
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Can i use ATF for power steering?

Can i use ATF dexron3/mercon in power steering reservoir in my '04 toyota 4runner. owners manual calls for dexron 2 or 3. i don't know what mercon is.
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Genuine Honda power steering fluid…do I have to use this?

I have a 2003 Honda Accord (V6). I've read in the manual that I need to use Genuine Honda power steering fluid. Is this a must or can I use any power steering fluid. The Honda one has a reddish/pink ...
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What can cause a steering wheel to end up misaligned, and how to investigate?

Similar problem to Steering wheel “center” different from vehicle “straight”, except: In my case there's no obvious cause, it just happened one day, so the "take it back to the shop" answer isn't an ...
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Do power steering hoses just burst randomly or is it usually caused by installation error?

Power steering pump went out 10 months ago. Took it to Pep Boys where they replaced it. Today, while driving, the power steering goes out again.... It was explained to me at Pep Boys that the power ...
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Steering Pump whining; no fluid loss

Over the last 3 month, our 2005 Honda Odyssey has had a whining steering pump. Here's a bit of the background, from the day that it started until present. One day in mid-October: Get a call from my ...
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When I drive my car through a puddle the power steering goes out

1996 Toyota Camry. I can't drive in the rain because when I do the power steering goes out. Any ideas of what might be the problem? No mechanic has been able to tell me what is going on.
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How is a power steering pump vacuum leak test performed?

There have been a few power steering pump questions lately. I've heard responders mention a power steering pump vacuum leak test to identify where air is getting into the power steering fluid system. ...
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Why did GM supercede/change part numbers for their power steering fluid?

The part number for GM power steering fluid changed at some point from 1050017 to 89020661. Anybody know what has changed, if anything? The aftermarket fluids at the parts stores (Autozone, Advanced ...
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What are the advantages of electric and hydraulic power steering?

I don't know if I should get electric or hydraulic (where you put the fluid in) power steering... What's the difference between the two in terms of how they work? Is one more efficient at steering ...
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Power steering pump is whining and has foamy orange stuff

I have a 2004 Honda Accord. It is foaming orange stuff. The fluid should be clear?? Took it to a shop, they flushed the system, said they had to do it 3 times, said there were no leaks in the lines ...
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Power steering noise that goes away

My e46 M3 is making the tell-tale whining and groaning of a power steering pump that is either out of PS oil, or gasping it's last breath. The oil level is fine, so I immediately jumped to the ...
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serpentine belt or alternator or battery? car keeps dying?

So I had a leak in my power steering pump and all the fluid was leaking on/near my serpentine belt and my alternator (Acura tsx 2006). I changed the seals on my ps pump and it stopped leaking. Now I'm ...
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Drive by wire disables steering when car is off?

I've recently purchases a manual transmission 1.5 Honda Mobilio. Which claimed to be a drive by wire vehicle and I assume it really is (don't know how to tell if a car is drive by wire). I am a new ...
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Changing fluids (power steering and rear differential): when and why

A few months ago I've bought a 2009 Honda CR-V and took it to the official dealer for a check. They told me that some fluids (power steering, brake and rear differential) are "dis-color" and need to ...
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How to repair a leaking power steering system in a 2002 Hyundai Elantra

How can I fix a leaking power steering system on a 2002 Hyundai Elantra myself? Here you can see that the bottom hose is very damp with power steering fluid. The top hose has some wetness near the ...
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Is it a problem to use synthetic ATF as power steering fluid on the Land Rover LR3?

The power steering fluid on my LR3 is brown and muddy, so it needs to be renewed. My local dealership reckons its power steering fluid should retail at around 167 cola cans per liter. I have access ...
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Power steering doesn't turn on until gas pedal is depressed

Ford Fiesta 2003. I was told recently during a service that my power steering pump was leaking. I took it into the garage, they replaced it and the belt, steering was much smoother, but in doing so ...
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Steering tight and orange fluid on ground after failure to start

This morning, my car wouldn't start so a friend of mine and I tried to push start it, with no luck. We got around a corner in my neighborhood and fortunately found someone who could jump it. ...
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Are there any advantages to “manual” steering?

I recently watched a video of guys racing and drifting cars. They said they were converting the vehicle to a non-assisted steering system. I can't really figure out what advantage this would give you, ...
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Heim joints with zerk fittings

On my truck I have heim joints setup in the steering to provide additional strength. Currently I have a 3/4 by 3/4 heim with teflon coatings, and with the mud and dirt where I live, they are getting ...
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Repairing broken power steering pump mounts

I replaced the power steering pump in my Mercedes and after Two days the mounts which are attached to what looks like the engine broke off. Not the mounts on the pump. What is the best way to fix ...
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2003 honda accord battery light

Battery light keeps coming on and off and power steering feels like it is going out. New battery a year ago, new alternator a year ago. Replaced the accessory belt a week ago as well as the accessory ...
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Power steering out after driving through deep puddle

When I was driving to work today in my Mazda B3000 truck when I went through a rather deep puddle of water. Immediately my battery indicator went on and it was very difficult to steer, as if my power ...
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After putting on new winter tires, my steering is weak/light

I just had new winter tires put on my 2003 Honda Civic 4-door LX. The steering has been affected. The steering now feels "weak" or "light" or "loose". Meaning I now have to turn the wheel further to ...
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Is it OK to not fix a power steering rack leak?

I have a 97 Honda Accord with 122K miles on it. Recently, if I drive over bumpy roads, I'll sometimes feel vibrations seemingly from the underside of the car, almost as if something might be loose. ...
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what is exactly steering feedback?

I have heard people say that cars with HPS and Non PS have nice steering feedback while the other cars with EPS steering's have vague feeling and has no feedback at all.I have driven few cars, A fiat ...
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Citroen C4 Picasso - Whining noise when turning steering wheel

When turning the steering wheel on my Citroen C4 Picasso (64 plate), the front end generates a "whining noise". This noise happens regardless of whether the car is moving or not. It happens when the ...
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I changed power steering fluid and it keeps making noise and is bubbles

I am trying my first time to flush the power steering fluid on my 2003 Infinity Q45. This is the procedure I have followed: Disconnect return hose to the power steering fluid tank. Drain power ...
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Is a power steering flush likely to be necessary at 60k miles?

I was recently sold a power steering flush on a 2010 Civic with 60k miles. Cost: $150. They said the fluid was 'filthy'. I've since read that P/S fluid should last much longer than this, If it was ...
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Enormous discrepancy in part cost estimation; reliability of refurbished parts online?

3-Part Question: My car is squealing lately when I turn it on/am idling at stoplights/am making slow turns i.e. parking lots. I go to an engineering school, and some friends of mine who build ...
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Can I break power steering by turning too far

Will I damage power steering in a 2008 Camry XLE if I routinely turn the steering wheel to its limits, i.e. where it will not move further?
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Leaking Power Steering Rack

The Honda dealership service department advised the power steering rack was leaking badly on my 2008 Honda CRV. It has 103,000 miles on it. Honda advised on a scale of 1 - 10, the leak was a 7. I ...
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What can possibly cause an EPS malfunction?

I am the owner of a Hyundai i20, 2011 model. Yesterday morning, when I started the car, the EPS light stayed on even after the car was turned on. The steering was stiff and being used to power ...
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Can steering be electrically controlled?

Please see this: http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-george-hotz-self-driving-car/ George Hotz claimed he used CAN to control the car by software. I can understand that accelerating and braking ...
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Is this reservoir for power steering fluid? (1989 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome)

Low-speed steering on this RV causes a loud squeal, presumably a slipping belt. I am trying to find check the level of the power steering fluid. I found this unmarked reservoir in the forward ...
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VW Golf MK4 1.4 16v 1998 - Steering wheel hard to turn after Power Steering Rack change

Sorry for my English, I had a problem with my power steering rack that had some fluid leaks and some noise when the fluid level was down. I never used the car without fluid. Except the steering noise ...
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Power steering works normally to one side, but hard to the other

My Ford Mondeo was leaking from the steering rack. So it was repaired by a steering specialist. After about 1,000 kms it steers smoothly to right but when turning towards the left it feels like there ...
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Why would the steering be intermittently very heavy in a 2001 Dodge Caravan?

The steering wheel is very hard to turn immediately after starting the van when the engine is cold. This only happens intermittently (maybe 1 out of 30 times) After a few seconds it becomes easy to ...
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Power Steering Fluid for 1997 BMW 528i?

I'm pretty sure my power steering fluid is low (and may even be leaking). I got the car used and I've been told that this model of BMW doesn't use standard power steering fluid. Does anyone know ...
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Squeaky steering?

Before going off to college, I had my car carefully inspected by a trusted mechanic whom I asked to inform me of any major problems. That is to say, the car has none now. However, I just noticed (don'...
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Power steering seems to be coming out of its reservoir from the top. Whats wrong?

I have a 2003 Honda Accord and I thought I had a leak in my power steering because of the whining noise and low fluid. I filled it back up but it kept falling out. I checked where my car is parked and ...
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What's causing no power steering until 5-10 seconds after startup?

I've got a 2014 Toyota Corolla with a power steering system that doesn't kick in until 5-10 seconds after I've started the car. After sitting a few seconds, the power steering goes from nothing to ...
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Power Steering Service

VW seems to suggest that the synthetic mineral oil type (i.e., Pentosin CHF-11S or CHF-202) power steering fluid they use in the Mk4 Jetta (and maybe other cars, but those are the ones I know about) ...
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Need help now with power steering

My power steering in my 06 lacrosse went out a few months ago. I have continued to drive just harder to turn. A few days ago the car started making a high pitched whining sound. Just wondering if I am ...
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What is the metal brace on this rubber hose? How important is it?

I'm replacing a rubber return power steering hose on my 2004 Honda CRV. I noticed the old one had some kind of metal brace on it. Is this just so it retains the curved shape? The replacement hose I ...
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Loosening stuck power steering hoses

I'm trying to replace the power steering hose in a 2005 Honda Odyssey. It doesn't seem like it would be too difficult a job except for removing the line from the steering box. I've got a Craftsman ...
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Bypass power steering pump?

Has anyone successfully deleted lines or looped high pressure side back into power steering pump to starve leaking rack and pinion while lubing pump spindle? Thank you in advance.
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Replacing a Ford Focus electric power steering pump

The electric power steering pump in our 2006 Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi 5 Door Hatchback (this is a UK car) has failed and I plan to replace this myself. The part in question looks like this: According to ...