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    Hi guys,
    the light for electro-hydraulic power-assisted steering came on and now the car will not start, when i turn the key to position 2 neither the fuel gauge nor the engine management light comes on, try to start the car, and nothing happens, checked the power steering dipstick and seems ok, would the light be enough to stop the car starting???.
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    wow! thats a wierd one & no replys either?, so it don't seem to be a common problem, most steering problems at first light are usually failure or an uknown simple fix, I know yours is a multiple problem but try all fuses first, start at the battery, lift the cover & check the 'big' fuse & its connections, its to the back left hand side of the battery.

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    Flat battery maybe?

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    The same thing happened to me today. Driving around Poole just doing a few eraands, B&Q etc.

    Anyway stopped for a spot of lunch, came back to the car a couple of hours later it started first time but only ran for a couple of seconds.

    Would not then start, starter motor kicking over but no ignition in the engine. It caught a couple of times but less than a second each time. Any depression of the acceleration only seemed to slow the revs. Waiting for about 5 minutes seemed to help a little but not massively so.

    Eventually it started and held normally. Through out had the electro-hydraulic power-assisted steering warning light, have not seen that before. Strangely the fuel warning light was also flashing though the tank was about a third full.

    Drove home perfectly normal, fuel light stopped flashing after a couple of miles.

    Have only experienced a similar fault once before (some months ago) and that was at a set of traffic lights. Engine stopped, weird throttle response i.e. going down when pressing the throttle, did not notice any electro-hydraulic power-assisted steering light that time. That cured itself after only 3-4 minutes.

    My speculation backed up with zero mechanical qualifications is that i have not used the car much recently, and no long motorway trips so battery level could be suspect, that or just some electronic bug. Sometime I lose cruise control, a restart always sorts that out.

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