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    well here is how the story goes my vectra c oil pump went and head gasket was going so i sourced a new engine. replaced it and when it was going in it hit the power steering pump after it was all fitted it started up and ran fine, then the steering wheel light came on and the steering went heavy so i changed the pump no joy then the alternator still no joy its a 1.8ls by the way.... can any one help me with advice.. i have been told might need programing to the car ???

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    The Power Steering Pump will still work if removed and replaced, it will just not be recognised by the CIM so returns the Warning Light, but it will still work

    If it is the original Power Steering Pump then look at the outer ends of the steering rack and see if the seals have failed, the arms will have filled with fluid and be squishy to the touch
    The lack of pressure has resulted in the Pump switching off
    That is what happened to mine, and you are looking at a new rack; on my car it meant removing the sub-frame which VX costed at 9 hours

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    thank u no one has metioned this to me before will check that in the morning

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    Yes, a pain to resolve
    The dealership I use thought it was the Power Steering Pump, so replaced it
    The second one failed a few weeks later, and that replacement failed shortly after they fitted it
    They thought that that replacement was faulty, so a fourth one was fitted, and that too lasted just a few weeks
    The original came back with a note advising there was nothing wrong with it, and was refitted to my car

    This is what happens when dealerships rely so heavily on TECH2, and don't actually check for mechanical faults of which the switched off Power Steering Pump was a symptom rather than a fault

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    so iv checked the seals all of them or fine so it leads me back to the same problem....i dont know whats wrong with it.is there anyone in birmingham area who cud diagnose it for me ?

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