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Power steering out after driving through deep puddle

My first thought is that the belt(s) that drive the accessories (alternator and power steering) slipped due to being wet. As for the check gauges light that came on later, I don't know. When it came ...
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Genuine Honda power steering fluid...do I have to use this?

You do not need to use "Genuine Honda" power steering fluid. You do, however, need to use power steering fluid made for Hondas/Acuras. If you look at any manufacturer specific manual, you'll see they ...
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Genuine Honda power steering fluid...do I have to use this?

Honda genuine power steering fluid is different than other available choices. The formula is proprietary and not published. It was developed in the early 1990's to solve a significant chatter symptom ...
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serpentine belt or alternator or battery? car keeps dying?

Here is where I would start. First check the tension of the belt, just a quick push on the belt and you'll be able to tell, if its firm it's good, but if the belt has slack you'll need to tighten a ...
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How would you stop if the ignition switch failed while driving?

The brakes should still work, but without power assist so they take more force. Same for steering. I would shift to N and then brake while heading to the shoulder. I had a K1500 Blazer of about this ...
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Steering wheel feels loose without any play

You said there was a change and you have reserves about driving it safely. This means it's definitely something to worry about. You absolutely need a second opinion. Considering the recent work I ...
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Changing fluids (power steering and rear differential): when and why

When buying a used car it's usually a good idea to change all fluids, just so you know exactly when they were changed, and can start your own fresh service history. This may be part of the reason why ...
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Power Steering Service

I don't know which specific fluid VW uses for power-steering, but many manufacturers use automatic transmission fluid, or something closely related to it. Unlike the engine and transmission, the ...
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Can I turn the steering wheel in Honda Civic 2017 (No Honda Sending) by sending commands via CAN bus (OBD ii port)?

No not directly through the OBDII port. There is no way of sending steering activations through OBD even with dealer level diagnostic equipment. Imagine the safety implications if this was possible. ...
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What is the metal brace on this rubber hose? How important is it?

I don't know exactly what it's for, but usually they'd put these in there for one of two reasons. They need a hard place to mount the hose so what's holding on to it doesn't wear on it. They are ...
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What's causing no power steering until 5-10 seconds after startup?

Replace the battery and those issues will stop. Reason? The bad battery is so discharged after starting the engine the alternator takes a few seconds to bring the system voltage high enough for some ...
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Need help now with power steering

It depends on why the power steering "went out", but if there's something wrong with the pump or a leak caused the pump to run dry there is a possibility the pump could fail catastrophically and make ...
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What can cause a steering wheel to end up misaligned, and how to investigate?

I would have it aligned professionally, on a machine that addresses all four wheels and a particular value called the "thrust angle". This is not a DIY job. While there is an old phrase "Set the Toe ...
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What can cause a steering wheel to end up misaligned, and how to investigate?

Your tracking needs adjusting. This requires some specialist tools but is quick and inexpensive to have carried out. Tracking can be knocked out of alignment by hitting kerbs, pot holes or even ...
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Is there a way to use a power steering hose assembly with wrong fittings?

You can absolutely use the part. You'll just need to get an adapter fitting which will work between the two. In the computer world we used to call it a "gender bender" ... a part which would take and ...
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electric power steering: wheel centering significance?

It's not just cars with electric power steering but anything with a steering wheel position sensor. They should be re-calibrated so that "straight ahead" as reards the physical vehicle is also "...
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How would you stop if the ignition switch failed while driving?

In nearly all situations, the way you stop if the ignition switch is the way you stop if the ignition switch is working: you stop pressing the gas, and hit the brakes. It's literally that easy. ...
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Hard to steer when really cold - ~20 to 30 degrees

Safe to drive, probably, but it might be hard on your new tires. Seized tie rod may mean only that they were unable to adjust the position of the stop nut and/or outer tie rod end on the threaded ...
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Power steering stiff after hybrid cold start at -20C

Sounds like nominal behavior of power steering fluid at -20c. Unless there is no fluid involved with whatever that thing does to make the wheels turn, then it sounds like nominal behavior of an ...
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Dodge ram steering hard to turn

Flush the existing fluid out by draining what you can get out and refilling with new, cycling from lock to lock then draining and filling again. The joints may help in making it stiff, as well as the ...
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Can a loose serpentine belt damage my power steering

It is highly unlikely that a loose serpentine belt would destroy your power steering system. It is possible that the power steering would stop working, make odd noises, or steer jerkily because of a ...
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Problems turning left in a 2002 Chevy Silverado

In order to confirm the diagnosis, you may want to get a second opinion. Some shops will do front-end inspections for free. If the truck is more difficult to steer in one direction only, it does ...
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What type of power steering fluid do I use in my 1987 Dodge Dakota, 3.9 L, 2 wheel drive pickup?

According to this pdf, all pre-1998 Chrysler/Dodge vehicles should be using plain old power steering fluid. Those after 1998 should be using ATF-4 unless specified differently. NOTE: The Crossfire ...
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What to do about leaking power steering fluid

Ok, I think I see two questions in here: How to identify where the leak is coming from, and Are there good alternatives to just replacing the pump. For the first question one of the cooler (as in ...
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How would you stop if the ignition switch failed while driving?

The brake booster will support a few pumps so use 'em sparingly if in such a situation. After that it'll get harder depending on the weight of your car. An MPV will barely slow down without booster, ...
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What can possibly cause an EPS malfunction?

If your electric power steering isn't working it should be setting a code, assuming the control unit has power and you can communicate with it. I believe (all?) Hyundai's put the motor, control unit ...
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Power Steering Fluid Leaking from some kind of ECU controlled actuator

This will most likely be the pressure side hose. The sensor, I believe, measures the power steering fluid pressure. If it drops too low it will register on the dash. At least that's what I believe is ...
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Leaking Power Steering Rack

You monitor the reservoir, check and see if there is any discoloration, fluid loss, or any particulates. If any of the above is true, there is a problem. We'll diagnose it further. But for now just ...
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Dispute with insurance over broken tooth in power steering drive - do I have a case?

I'm going to preface my answer by stating: Pay for the steering and chalk it up to experience. I'm not a lawyer, but can tell you this is a "no win scenario". Can the rod going into the power ...
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Power steering went out and temperature gauge running hot

I would suggest that you should check the drive belt : it would be the common link for the two issues occurring at the same time as you describe. On most engines, the one belt does all the ...
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