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    A couple of weeks ago i started seeing the steering wheel fault symbol flash on and off every now and again.

    I checked the power steering fluid level and topped it up a touch.
    Was ok for a day or so but now the symbol is on all the time I'm driving and the indicators won't reset after turning the corner - I have to manually flick the stalk to turn them off - the steering still feels the same and car drives the same.

    Any ideas what to check first ?

    I have changed the alternator for one from the scrappies about a month ago as the old one had bearing noise but haven't seen any alterator warning light and read 14.7v at the battery while idling.

    Am scared this may be an expensive fix

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    This sounds like the steering angle sensor may be playing up, or there may be a wiring problem between the sensor and ECU.

    The sensor is available seperately, and bolts into the rack where the steering column meets the rack itself.

    Only a read-out of the fault codes will tell you the exact fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobarache View Post
    seeing the steering wheel fault symbol flash on and off every now and again

    the symbol is on all the time I'm driving and the indicators won't reset after turning the corner
    This suggests a CIM module failure; steering wheel warning and indicators not cancelling

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    Cheers guys - I think I will choose the sensor or wiring problem..... CIM module is the expensive fix I was referring to.

    Will have to get the fault codes read and take it from there I guess.

    Do you the new alternator is just co-incidence ?
    Better check I haven't bumped anything as that was a pig of a job....

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    This problem seemed to go away once we were out of winter and all through summer I have not had 1 problem with the indicators....which makes me think it is a water issue...but where ???

    I jacked the car up and removed front wheels and searched every where for the steering centre sensor and couldn't find anything.... does anyone know where it is on the V6 petrol model ??

    I know this is going to p@$$ me off as soon as we get rain again...

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    Can anyone tell me where to locate the steering angle sensor on 3.2V6 petrol ? I can't see anything obvious...

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