Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1791 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.
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1768 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.
MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8475 posts, RR: 13 Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1613 times:
Yeah, and just where is that "British" car in the picture above?
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.
Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1555 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."
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1541 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.