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Old 09-10-2003, 09:52 AM   #1
jumper
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Default Power steering problems






it seems like i have power steering fluid in my engine bay.... and i just happen to have had a run in with a damn kerb on monday. just wondering if hitting a kerb at 30km could cause back-ward pressure to the powersteering motor/generator and cause it to leak out? or is it something worse?

help!

rjhug1
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Australia
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Posted - 10 September 2003 : 8:44:20 PM
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Yep that will cause the pump to fail, probably the slowest you would need to go to have it happen so your unlucky. The sudden turn of the front wheels is to much to fast for the hydraulics and it has to go somewhere either blowing a hose or the pump its self. If its under warranty then get it fixed if its a hose then replace it just dont let the pump run dry or then it will cease up.


jumper
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Posted - 10 September 2003 : 9:07:01 PM
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Originally posted by rjhug1

Yep that will cause the pump to fail, probably the slowest you would need to go to have it happen so your unlucky. The sudden turn of the front wheels is to much to fast for the hydraulics and it has to go somewhere either blowing a hose or the pump its self. If its under warranty then get it fixed if its a hose then replace it just dont let the pump run dry or then it will cease up.

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speaking of which after that ive noticed that some times the power steering when reverse parking will stop working for a bit after a few turns! hhm..could there be a gap of air or seomthig in there? the fluid levels are ok tho.


rjhug1
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Australia
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Posted - 10 September 2003 : 9:39:32 PM
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The pump is dead. If you pop the bonnet and turn the wheel (someone else ) you will see the reservoir bubling when the pump works. I doubt if you'll see this. Sometimes when people do a burn out or swing the rear end around (wrx need not apply) and the car is on full lock and redlining it can blow the pump because the steering in under load and with full revs really hurts it.


jumper
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Posted - 10 September 2003 : 10:14:10 PM
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Originally posted by rjhug1

The pump is dead. If you pop the bonnet and turn the wheel (someone else ) you will see the reservoir bubling when the pump works. I doubt if you'll see this. Sometimes when people do a burn out or swing the rear end around (wrx need not apply) and the car is on full lock and redlining it can blow the pump because the steering in under load and with full revs really hurts it.

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mate your spot on. the resevoir was'nt bubbling at all. but power steering was workin fine tho and teh wheel turned w/o hassle! problem was when u reach the limits it starts to "click-click" and so on like a spark sound. hhm..i'm assuming the pump is trying to pump an air pocket?

would it help if i drain the system/pump/hoses?

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Edited by - jumper on 10 September 2003 10:20:13 PM
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