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    Trim : SXi

    Engine : 2.2


    Default Steering wheel light & loss of power steering

    Got the car back from the garage and took it out for the first time. Started it up and the steering wheel symbol came on but went off after a minute

    Drove the car about 20 miles, parked it up for an hour. Got back into the car the steering wheel light had gone back on and it was obvious there was no power steering.

    Drove it for another 10 miles and then suddenly it went off and I got power steering back. It was then ok for the next 15 odd miles.

    Anyone had this? Car has never done this before and looking under the bonnet I can't see anything obvious

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    Steering wheel fluid check that

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_wave_rider View Post
    Got the car back from the garage
    What work were the garage carrying out?

    What is happening to yours, is very similar to what happened to mine at the beginning of this year
    It switched off once but was fine the day afterwards
    The following day it was dead

    Have you checked the power steering level?
    Sounds like the power steering level sensor is at the end of its life, and needs to be programmed out (unless you can find a cheap working replacement, as new ones are not available)

    The dealership I use tried that, but it made no difference
    They fitted a new pump, but that too did not work
    It tuned out the new pump was also faulty

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    They replaced the turbo

    Just went out to it and dead again cant even move the wheels with 18s and not rolling!

    I knew I should have scrapped it before replacing the turbo grrrrr

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    is the battery ok ...alternator charging it up ?
    the power steering takes alot of juice so if battery no good then that might be a problem ..other faults are the steering rack itself leaking,also pump and of course fluid levels .

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    Car was left for 4 weeks and started up first time. Not checked the alternator yet.
    Is the reservior for steering fluid on drivers side? Need to check that

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_wave_rider View Post
    Is the reservior for steering fluid on drivers side? Need to check that
    Depends on engine
    (not in your profile) I guess you have a 2.0T so it should be underneath the offside front headlamp, if it is not obvious at the back of the engine bay (beside the Brake Fluid reservoir)
    Access is very poor
    If you are just inspecting the level, remove the screws from the bumper
    However for topping up, remove the wheel and liner

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    Its the 2.2dti 2003

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    Found it and checked it, impossible to tell if its low unless you are flexible! I'll take it all out re-fill it and hope thats the prob!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_wave_rider View Post
    Found it and checked it, impossible to tell if its low unless you are flexible
    Get a torch and you should be able to see the level

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