This is for everyone thats had Power Steering faults, I hunted this forum and other help forums, other vauxhall forums and couldnt find someone who had solved the problem and said well my cars fault needed this this and that and then it was totally fixed.
I know there has been loads of people with problems and they'll take it to vauxhall because they beleive they are the correct people for the job. How Worng, here is my story.
2 weeks ago my power steering cut off whilst driving, steering got very very heavy, even heavier than a car without power steering. So i though must be the level as the orange warning light came on little steering wheel with ! in the middle. So once i stopped i got power steering fluid in and next time i drove it, the power steering worked.
Next day it cut off again, i couldnt see any leaks and level was at the top. So my searching on forums began. I found loads of people who had ....
Replaced pump ... then it still wasnt fixed
Replace Alternator ... then it still wasnt fixed
Replaced Battery ... Still wasnt fixed,
i found that due to the electrical voltage level drop of perhaps the alternator or battery failing the power steering control module can shut down.
So i got a volt meter checked voltage it was 13.9 at idle
dropped to 10.8 on crank
so i thought maybe the alternator wasnt at its best so £170 later and £50 to my mate who's a mechanic, job was done, i maybe could've done it myself but not ever seeing it get done before i wanted it done properly.
To no avail...
So he got a snap on diagnostic checker from his work and it said fault .. electronic control module.
I wanted to find this module at first i thought it must look like an ecu i got told its under the drivers side headlight,
its under the wing.
its on the steering rack
its under the steering colum.
i stripped my car and found a computer with 2 conections under drivers side wheel arch lining, I took conections off and wd40'd them, NO avail.
So i got on the phone to vauxhall in 2 local towns both told me complete utter rubbish, had no care at all they were adamant that it was the pump and it would solve all of my problems. with ridiculous quotes of £495 + vat for supply a pump only and another £560+ vat supply only.
Didnt care i had a diagnostic of electronic power steering control module.
I wasnt convinced So i called an actual Power Steering company in the city Glasgow about 30-40 miles away. They said if its the pump it would be genuine GM parts at £330 + vat free fitting. that be worst case senario.
I thought mmmm thats a good deal.
I told them about my electronic controle module, they said they had secial diagnostic equipment specially for testing power steering beyond what main dealers have, so i went along to them one morning. I handed them the keys they were taking a look at it. 20 minutes later they told me Its not the pump. We'll be a couple of hours and your bill should not be more than £100 and it'll be fixed.
I was Like "RESULT"
to their word 2 hours later i returned, all fixed brilliantly cleared fault codes, £74, he said you probably didnt need to replace alternator but still a good job done.
It turned out to be a Split wire. They had to trace the wires and it took 2 hours or so.
So before any of you listen to Vauxhall
Actually try someone who knows what their talking about.
Its amazing what 1 split wire could cause.