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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Power Steering Pump Leak…Wrong Fluid Used

I recently had to have the engine replaced in my '05 Toyota 4Runner. I got it back about 4 weeks ago and about a week ago I discovered a leak at my Power steering pump. When the engine is running the ...
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Car stalling after rack and pinion replacement

I need help. I just had the rack and pinion replaced,it is rebuilt, on my 2001 325i BMW. Now it has a very rough idle and is stalling. Stalls at slow speed or when moving off. I returned to the ...
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Water in power steering fluid

My power steering is making noise when turning, checked the fluid and it is a milky color. Was told that it has water in it. Should I do a flush and replace? Can I drive it this way?
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Is it normal for an AC pump to wait for a second before starting to turn?

I have a diesel Laguna 08. It has been giving a little bit of extra noise from the engine lately. I have noticed the one of the pulleys on the belt does not start like the others when the belt starts ...
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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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Power steering stiff after hybrid cold start at -20C

Today, the outside temperature was -20 degrees Celsius and I forgot to connect the cord for the block heater, cabin heater and 12V battery charger. My 2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid blinked the "READY" light ...
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When do you top up steering fluid on a 1997 BMW 318ti Coupe?

I have a 1997 BMW 318ti. I'm concerned my power steering fluid is low and am curious about when I would want to top it off. Is there a certain amount of mileage where I should check it? Do I check ...
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squealing sound turning steering wheel when engine is cold

Squeals when turning steering wheel, only when engine is cold. Fluid has been checked and is full; when warmed up the sound goes away.
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Dispute with insurance over broken tooth in power steering drive - do I have a case?

My wife was in an accident around August 22, 2017 in our 2010 RAV4. Another driver hit her from the side in the front right corner. The wheel was bent in. We got the car back around Sept 13th. They ...
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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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Power steering question

So I ended up driving a few blocks at low speeds without any power steering fluid in the reservoir. It was only 4 turns. Would this dumb mistake have killed the power steering pump or the belt?
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Power Steering Only Works on Left Turns

I just bought a restoration project, and I'm having trouble diagnosing a problem with the car. It's a 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie with a 289. It has power steering, which works, but only when you turn the ...
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Will power-steering while stationary cause greater tire and steering wear?

I learned to drive in small cars with no power steering. As such, I have a good feel for how much more effort is required to move the steering when stationary, as compared to moving. The ability to ...
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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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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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No power steering.

I have a 97 CRV that has a bad leak in the power steering on the rack and pinion. I have taken the belt off the pump. How long can I drive it this way?
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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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Differences between these power steering pressure hose options?

These are 2 results from a search for es300 power steering pressure hose - on the same site, and by the same manufacturer. CARQUEST Power Steering 16MM Banjo x 16MM Female O-Ring CARQUEST Power ...
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Does regular Stop Leak fluid work in Asian vehicles such as ES 300?

For my 1997 Lexus ES300, the power steering fluid I'm using is Prestone AS269 which is specifically marked as suitable for Asian manufactured vehicles including Lexus. Prestone also sells AS263 ...
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Diagnosing the leak location in a power steering system

My 1997 Lexus ES300 has recently sprung a leak in the power steering system, and the mechanic who diagnosed it only said it could be in either the pump or the hose, and replacing both would be around $...
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Power steering squeeling

I have a 65 Chevy truck with 350 engine. New power steering pump and new belt but it squeals really loud for 1 to 2 minutes every time I start it. Pump fluid is at cold temp level. When I put pump on ...
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Noisy steering after pwr steering leak fixed

I had a power steering leak for six months in my 2007 Honda Odyssey. Fixed the leak, but now, when I turn corners, sometimes, I hear a creaking/crunching sound coming from under the car from the ...
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WRX Power Steering Engine Light

I replaced my power steering pump in my 2006 WRX but it's playing up for some reason. The power steering reservoir is boiling when the car is on, and the steering wheel is incredibly hard to move ...
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Power Steering Fluid Leaking from some kind of ECU controlled actuator

I've got a 99 Nissan Almera 1.6L MTX ( European version of the Sentra ) and I've noticed that occasionally power steering fluid ( ATF ) will leak / squirt out from this thing: First of all, I'm not ...
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Can a check engine light be connected to power steering? (Hyundai Getz 1.1 Gsi 2007)

THE HISTORY 1.Intermittent CEL light seemingly triggered by roundabouts and/or wet weather 2. Mechanics could not reproduce 3. Codes PO300 and Po303 4. Could feel the misfires INTERIM EVENT Heard ...
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Oil leak, weird engine noise, power steering cuts in and out [MX-5 Mk1 1997]

Last time I drove my car, it was making an odd whirring/quacking sound, mainly in lower gears and when I turned. The power steering was cutting out for a fraction of a second at a time, while making ...
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2008 impala noisy power steering pump

I have had a noisy power steering pump each of the last three years in cold weather on my 2008 Impala. It has been replaced twice, and is now noisy again. My mechanic is stumped. What else can be ...
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Can a belt burn without squeeling?

Just yesterday I replaced all of the drive belts on my 1998 Kia sportage because they were old. Now when I start my car I get a little bit of a burning smell, but there is no squealing noise ...
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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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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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Oil Treatment made Nissan Altima harder to use steering wheel

The weirdest thing happened to my 2001 Nissan Altima. I was changing the oil and afterward, I put in oil treatment into the engine - and when I started to drive, the power steering started to make the ...
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Power Steering Failure on 2008 Ford Taurus

2008 Ford Taurus SE, 123K miles Symptoms Hard to turn – seems to be left of center (get to left of center, harder to turn left; hard to turn right until you break right of center). No leaks ...
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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 to do about leaking power steering fluid

I have a 98 Outback that's badly leaking power steering fluid somewhere at/near the pump. Stop-leak products have not helped. It'll go several months without the fluid getting unacceptably low, but it ...
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Power steering fluid looks orange

My 1996 Impreza has a power steering pump leak that I have been nursing along by adding fluid maybe twice a month. Got car back from shop yesterday and drove today just 12 miles or so and pump was ...
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2007 fusion power stering hose keeps rupturing

I have a 2007 ford fusion and the power steering hose burst off. My husband fixed it easily by getting a new clamp, but then the other one actually ruptured. He went and bought a new hose and ...
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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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VW 2012 Jetta Sportwagon 2.0L TDI clunk in stearing wheel

I have a VW 2012 Jetta Sportwagon 2.0L TDI and have been dealing with a strange clunk/pop in the steering wheel. Have been to the dealership about this matter twice. The first response from the dealer ...
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Does Lexus RX 400h/450h have electric power steering?

I wonder whether both Lexus RX 400h and 450h have electric power steering (EPS) or classical old hydraulic power steering. Can anyone point confirm and point to a part number? In case 400h has EPS is ...
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Correct power steering hose replacement

Right now I am replacing my Power steering hose pressure line on my 02 Honda Odyssey. The reason I'm doing this is because I use the wrong seal on the return line fitting. The seal was too big and I ...
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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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Pressure build up in power steering reservoir

Power steering fluid being forced out of the pump shaft seal -- pressure build up in reservoir. The vehicle is a 93 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I am replacing the pump. Should I expect a pressure build up in ...
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1980-95 Ford Truck Power Steering hose seals

When changing the power steering hoses on my Ford truck power steering, the new hoses come with a wide teflon seal pre-installed on both ends. These are one time non-reusable seals, so if you ...
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Problems turning left in a 2002 Chevy Silverado

In my 2002 Chevy Silverado (Z71, 4WD), turning left seems significantly more difficult than turning right, the latter of which poses no issues. According to the mechanic, I have the following issues (...
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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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Coolant and Power Steering Leak

1997 Jeep Cherokee here. I drove 120 miles and when I arrived at my destination the power steering and coolant were empty. The wheel was very hard to turn. I refilled the coolant and power steering,...
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Location of Fiat Panda electric power steering fuse

A friend of mine has a 2006 Fiat Panda. As these cars are wont to do, the electric power steering has malfunctioned. So, what we want to do is completely disable the power steering so that the long ...
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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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Hard to steer when really cold - ~20 to 30 degrees

Its a 2004 Toyota Sienna van 6 cyl in great condition. Belt is not loose and the fluid is full. When it warms up it's, about great 15 minutes. I'm guessing the pump. However, I do have a seized tie ...
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How would you stop if the ignition switch failed while driving?

A link posted in this answer describes a potential engineering flaw in GM ignition switches that can result in a car losing power while driving, and accidents where airbags do not deploy. I drive a ...