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    Default Steering light on after replacing inner joints

    Hey guys,

    I have a -03 Vectra C 3.2.
    Tonight i replaced the inner steering joints since they have been bad for a looong time, causing rattle in the steering wheel and rattling noice when passing road pots and other road defects like speed bumps and such. During the job i occasionally turned the wheels by hand, not with the steering wheel.
    On the test drive it felt like a completely new car! Very distinct steering and no rattle at all. Still need an alignment adjustment since the car going slightly to the left, i e on straigth driving the steering wheel is clockwise by a few degrees.
    Bigger problem; the steering warning light came on after 15 minutes of driving. No heavy steering, no oil leaks found. Could the cause be the misalignment of the steering wheel? That the "straight driving" steering wheel position is out of center? Is there a sensor or something that need to be calibrated?
    I sure will have the front wheel alignment adjusted but i´m a bit worried about the warning light.

    Any thoughts or hint&tricks much appreciated.

    / Peter

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    on the drivers side on the rack is a small plug that goes into the rack near the joint have you knocked it ?..they can break easy ? ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by benny View Post
    on the drivers side on the rack is a small plug that goes into the rack near the joint have you knocked it ?..they can break easy ? ...
    You mean the plug below the pinion? No, no damage there...

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    The ESP is not on? You may have to recalibrate the steering wheel position sensor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyTM View Post
    The ESP is not on? You may have to recalibrate the steering wheel position sensor.
    From what i know the ESP is on (don't know how to turn it off).

    How do i recalibrate the postition sensor? Set the steering wheel straight and take off battery for 30 min?

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    Workshop informed me that the warning light comes on if the steering wheel is "off-center" >4°...
    And that it must be re-calibrated and resetted at the workshop.

    Don´t you just love these modern must-have warnings?

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    Have the car at the stealer for re-paint of the front bumper (They managed to get it wrong despite having the car at hand!) Just had a chat with the stealer who said that the root cause for the steering warning light is a faulty fluid level sensor. Since GM discontinued that particular sensor due to bad quality (no ****!) the only solution is to replace the pump!!!
    BUT, i read somewhere in this fantastic forum that someone experienced the same kind of problem after a bumper change. The fluid reservoir is located behind the bumper. right? I too had the bumper replaced just a month ago. Is there a reason to suspect that the stealer have caused this during assembly of the new bumper?? Is there cables with slack that can get squeezed or something similar?

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    An update on the subject.
    The stealer's first judgement was a faulty fluid level sensor. But the day after they said it's probably the flow sensor, located inside the pump unit. I asked them if it's really logical that a sensor in the pump could be damaged by turning the steering by hand on the wheel, since in my opinion this problem have to be related to the steering joint change. They said it's probably a coincident that it happened at the same time...

    Anyway, going on stealer's advise i changed the pump unit. Not a brand new unit but a used one with far less milage on it (approx. 90 000 km). Differens to this unit was that it had no fluid level sensor "cup" in the reservoir, but the electrical connection was the same. Replaced the unit last night and had the level sensor connected, hanging up-side-down indicating full-level. (Is there anyway to test this level sensor?)
    Started the car and the warning light was off!! Yes! But after 10 seconds it came back...

    So there i am. What's next? Replacing the steering column? I don't beleive it's the pump unit since i don't beleive it could be the same problem with this "new" unit. Or could it?
    At least the flow sensor should be ok. Maybe i'll try to dismantle the old unit to see if i could see something strange inside.

    This is REALLY getting on my nerves since i replaced the joints prior to sale (have already bought a new car) and i wanted the car to be in good shape. And then this happened! Had i not replaced the joints...

    Please, help needed urgently!

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    Sorry, not really dealt with the power steering side of things at all so no advice to offer really... But what you be of benefit is a fault code read to tell you why the power steer light is on maybe rather than replacing things at random?
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    Thanks Plasma,

    If it only could be that easy...
    There are no fault codes since the error is not relayed thru the ecu, so they told me.
    So no fault codes.

    Anyone with knowledge on the steering column? Could i have damaged a o-ring gasket or something?
    I should mension that the steering is almost impossible to turn without the servo pump runnning. But with it running there is no noticeable differens than in the past.

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