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    Power steering failed on my GSi the other day. Been told it may be the alternator; £189 from Vauxhall. And also been told it may be the PAS pump. £687 from Vauxhall. Ouch. Help! Anyone know what the most common fault is on these? And if so anywhere I can get cheaper parts?

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    Is your battery charging? If all else on the electrics are ok, I would imagine it is not the alternator.

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    Battery seems to be charging. No warning lights for alternator so I'm worrying it's the pump.

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    If you have a voltmeter (multimeter) you can check the alternator easily enough. Sad to say I would say that it is much more likely to be the pump. Power Steering cars do need a bigger alternator than the same car without, but I would imagine a failure in the alternator would show up as multiple electrical problems.

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    Start the car, using a multimeter check what voltage is at the battery - if it reads 13-14 volts your alternator is fine.

    If you suspect the pump has had it cant you get one from ebay or breakers yard, got to be alot cheaper than main dealers.

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    Yea, had battery and alternator checked, they're fine. Been looking into aftermarket pumps, found somewhere that can help but they need to know if it's a Saginaw or TRW pump? How do I find that out? Cheers.

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