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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 40
Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

Lets play a game, "What the hell is wrong with my car?"

Today I was backing up from my parking space at the fraternity house and the steering wheel WOULD NOT move. Well, actually it would move, but it took a great deal of force for it to go anywhere aside from the straight position. Nothing else is wrong with the car from what I can tell (Lexus SC300), in fact, I had just driven it from Dallas to Arlington (20 miles) with no problem 15 minutes earlier. I had it towed to the local Pep Boys. Here's what I do know, I did not run out of power steering fluid as that was the first thing I checked and none of the hoses burst.

My conclusion: A problem with the power steering pump.

Can anyone else think of anything else it can be?


America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2090 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1976 times:

Sounds like the power steering pump to me.


Here Here for Severe Clear!
User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

Also sounds like a power steering problem to me.

What kind of car is it? I know about 3 mechanics and can ask any one of them if you'd like,



-NWA742


User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

Power steering is one of the easier systems in a car. The first thing to check is the belt. Without a belt, fluid is useless, then check to make sure the pump actually turns, as they can seize and the belt will just spin on the pulley until it heats up and breaks. If those are all working o.k., then you need to check for a kinked return line from the actuator to the reservoir, and the actuator itself.

Most likely the belt, then the pump would be my guess.




User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29699 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

Powersteering pump.

Not up on lexuses, before you go out and get a new one, check the tension on the belt that drives it.

Actually reading JeffM's comments, do just what he said  Laugh out loud



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

Power steering is for wimps. You Americans should come over here and build up your muscles on a proper car. Big grin

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29699 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

Been there, Done that Backfire.


Technology has it's purposes.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

My tires are wearing down in the front extremely quickly.
My back tires are fine.

Whats wrong with my car?


User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3381 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1882 times:

Its front wheel drive. buy a real car.

seriously though, have the alignment checked. Also, stop trying to peelout at stop lights.

edit:spelling

[Edited 2004-06-06 17:59:01]


When in doubt, one B pump off
User currently offlineDan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1880 times:

BR715-A1-30, your tires need rotating, i.e switch the front tires with the ones in the back.

Jcs17, it could also be the boot joint or something like that. Had mine give out on a highway offramp.


-Dan



A guy asks 'What's Punk?'. I kick over a trash can and its punk. He knocks over a trash can and its trendy.
User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3381 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

Tires need to be rotated regularly, but if theres excessive tread loss that can be indicitive of other problems.


When in doubt, one B pump off
User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1875 times:

Power steering is for wimps. You Americans should come over here and build up your muscles on a proper car.

Haha, oh really? Instead of driving around town in fancy golf carts, maybe you Europeans should come over here and experience some real muscle work in a car, as in a muscle car.




 Smile



-NWA742


User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1858 times:

No contest, son.

Like I said, get yerself a British car.  Big grin



User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

Nice comeback Backfire  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up

 Smile



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User currently offlineSteve7E7 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

Hehehehehe Backfire!

User currently offlineEGFFbmi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

Nice one backfire.. shooting them outa' the sky!

Regards,

CM


User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8494 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1808 times:

Yeah, and just where is that "British" car in the picture above? Big grin

What I really enjoy is how both our 88 F-150 and our 95 Camry don't like to have the steering wheel turned all the way to either side when driving in the rain. I found that out one time after accidentally driving up a street at school where a water main had burst and had to turn around on a narrow street. The steering wheel bucks and jumps and doesn't sound happy. The Camry also does it, but not the Grand Caravan or the Civic, that I know of.


User currently offlineSteve7E7 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1803 times:

The next thing we know there will be a 3rd world airline posting a thread titled "What's wrong with my Aircraft?"

Steve.


User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1797 times:

HaHaHaHaHa  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud
Good one Steve.

I hate it when Coke goes up your nose!  Nuts



757 Most beautiful airliner in the sky!
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

What was the outcome of the power steering issue?

User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

The problem is the price of the fuel. Can you realise how expensive it has become ?
As high as 2,50$ a gallon, that's way too much expensive

Signed,

US A.net members


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 40
Reply 21, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1750 times:

Just what I had suspected, the power steering pump broke and the hose was leaking (but the mechanic said the hose could be repaired). Anyway, its turned out to be a huge hassle because Pep Boys, nor any of their distributors carry the pump I need--so it has to be special ordered. Its gonna cost an assload of money to get the part and I don't know when the car will be ready--it could be today, it could be Friday. It all depends on when they get the pump. As the Ugly Duckling commercial said "Life sucks without a car."


America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

Ahh, it figures. Bummer they did not have the part. I would have called the local "junk" yards to see if they had a wreck of the same model/year as yours and just pulled it myself. Unless it was burried under the engine, it should not have been too difficult to change.

Good luck with it.

-Jeff


User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2742 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1708 times:

Thats what happens with cars like Lexus, BMW and Toyota, great vehicles but parts are a bitch.

User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 40
Reply 24, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1707 times:

Luckily, I just got a call from Pep Boys and they said that they found the part and that the car would be finished after I get off work.


America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
25 MD-90 : Parts aren't bad for Toyotas as long as they're one of the popular models (like a Camry) and built in the US. Parts were kind of expensive for our Cre
26 Jcs17 : Crap. I went to pick up the car today at Pep Boys and they said the steering 'was still a little stiff.' Turns out the new pump (actually rebuilt--for
27 Captoveur : My tires are wearing down in the front extremely quickly. My back tires are fine. Whats wrong with my car? Check the air pressure first.... if all tha
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