Well after the power steering failed AGAIN whilst going round a left hand bend and put me and my missus over double white lines into the path of a van I decided either to set fire to the ****** car, sell it in an auction ( where I got it from ) or try YET again to magically fix the intermittent fault.
I had already had the alternator checked and all OK , under load, all lights , all electrics, turning wheel, power drains , volts etc etc.. no problem with that. Battery all OK as well.
When the steering went it didn't matter if I was on a straight, rounding a bend, turning slowly at a junction etc, dry weather, wet weather, hot , cold - there was no pattern to it APART from the fact that when it did it I had to open the bonnet, wiggle the wire between the steering and pump then its all ok again till next time !
Ahhh, its the wire I hear you say , nope.
Ive had that tested and there is proper continuity from one end to the other on all three cables. The contacts are clean.
The power steering failed virtually every trip out in the car multiple times. It got dangerously ridiculous even taking the car out. My missus refuses to drive it at all.
When the steering fails the warning light comes ON, then when wire wiggled it goes OFF again.
So what have I done about it now ?
I've taken off the wire completely ! - The warning light is on all the time ( even if reset it comes back ) and since doing that I have not had a SINGLE incident of loss of steering and have driven about 2000 miles in it - NOT ONE LOSS OF POWER STEERING AT ALL .
I can only assume that whatever the wire plugs into at either end has a fault somewhere ? SO why does the steering work correctly , surely without the wire , and the light on it shouldn't ?
So before you all start ripping your hair out wondering what the hell is going on with your power steering, take the wire off and see what happens.
Well , thats one problem fixed for me - plenty more to sort out with this sporty looking lemon of a car.
Started being noisy when cold,( sort of a rattle on tickover, until I up the revs a tiny amount ) and oil light coming on now even though oil level is fine.
And about 14 other fault codes. After vowing never to buy another vauxhall - like an idiot I did . More fool me.
Where's the petrol.