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Old 03-20-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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HELP...Power Steering sudden loss =(

So I was driving today and lost my power steering suddenly while going down the Verrazano Bridge over here in NY...almost ate the wall but steered clear, pulled over and shut her off. Checked under the hood, all levels were okay.

Only strange thing, there was a little bit of white stuff polka dotting the engine bay, looked like paint overspray but brushed right off.

I restarted the car to see what was up, power steering worked fine. I drove it to get it off the shoulder of the highway, everything was perfectly fine...

So confused...

Any help would be wonderful as to what happened?

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Old 03-20-2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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no ideas? =(
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:12 PM   #3
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Possibly an intermittent rack problem...or maybe the shaft broke on the pump...I've seen gm trucks do that..easy way to check is take the serp belt off and see if you can pull the power steering pump pulley out...

You would think if it was the power steering shaft broken it would have no power steering..

Anyway there’s a couple ideas.



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Old 03-20-2012, 07:15 PM   #4
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Pressure relief valve in the pump stuck open.
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:39 PM   #5
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thanks guys...just makes me wonder since the second I restarted the car it worked flawlessly again.

But I think it was power steering because it became super hard to turn the wheel. checked it at a dead stop and I basically needed to pull it with all my weight to turn it...

at first kinda seemed like the steering just locked...weird feeling
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:01 PM   #6
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Take it in to the dealer, there is a bulletin for a pump problem.
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:53 PM   #7
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Pressure relief valve in the pump stuck open.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:44 PM   #8
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I don't think you ever lost power steering. You won't notice a loss of power steering if you are driving down a road going at a normal/decent speed. It will be noticeable going at slow speeds though. My guess is a piece of debris got stuck in the steering rack area and prevented you from making turns. When you stopped, the debris fell out.
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YOUNG, I would have to suggest you get this checked out by your dealer. Hopefully they can ease your mind in regards to this issue for you. Let us know how things go for you.

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