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    Default Signum cdti 150 power steering problem...

    Well, i haven't had the Signum long, and it hasn't taken long to develop its first fault

    It started the other night when i was driving home from work, when all of a sudden i noticed a yellow glow from the clocks.
    I looked down and saw a symbol had illuminated displaying a steering wheel with an exclamation mark next to it.
    TBH, i wasn't sure at first what it meant until i got home, checked the handbook and found that it was showing a problem with the EHPS (Power steering).
    When the light came on, i hadn't noticed anything different with the steering 'feel', there were no noises, or excessive dimming of headlights etc, from a worn PS Motor.
    After looking through similar posts on here, i checked the fluid level (which is fine), checked the battery/alternator power (both fine and it has a new alternator anyway).
    I decided to give it a run Sunday afternoon during daylight, so i could run the car without using the heater/headlights etc... to confirm whether it was a charge issue. The warning light came on 10 mins into the run.
    On Monday, on my way to work, the light came on 20 mins into my journey, but was intermittent rather than just 'on'.
    - it flickered a bit, and also seemed to go on and off depending on whether i was accellerating, braking or steering??.
    The light now just comes on and stays on, everytime i drive it.

    I took a trip to my local Vauxhall dealer this afternoon, and they kindly checked the ECU for me then and there, finding an error code relating to a wiring/connection issue.
    Thats what the mechanic told me anyway, before announcing that this may be wrong, and i could end up having to have a whole new EHPS unit as the majority of electrical connections... are inside the unit!
    Surely if it still works fine, isn't noisy etc..., why would it need replacing at no doubt, an extortionate cost?!

    Anybody got any suggestions or had something similar happen, as im dreading taking it in next Friday

    Cheers,
    Scott.
    Last edited by mr-s; 19th November 2009 at 02:18.

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    Well, i was right 'dreading' taking it in

    I had a phone call from Vauxhall lunchtime today to say that they were looking to change the CIM, due to a mention of a steering angle sensor fault, which at just under £300 was a bit of a blow, especially as the car is giving me no running problems at all (except for the warning light).

    After feeling a little relieved that it wasn't the EHPS-pump, ive just received another call from Vauxhall with the bad news i didn't want.
    Basically the CIM change hasn't rectified the fault, and they wan't to fit a new EHPS-pump, which is roughly £790!!!!!

    So to get this into perspective, im going to have to shell out nearly 1k (with ECU check fee's) just to switch a light off on the dashboard.
    Thanks, but no thanks. What a pi** take!!!

    Looks like the old black electrical tape will be making an appearance to take the 'glare' off the fault light for the foreseeable future.....


    Just out of interest, does anybody happen to know where i could get the power steering pump changed cheaper than what Vauxhall want?
    Second hand unit?

    Scott.

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    I dont blame you, thats a rediculous price. Sorry to hear this. As long as it works ok, then I guess theres not really a problem !!! lol

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    I would imagine that Autovaux could supply the pump cheaper, but not sure about getting it fitted; I think that the pump needs to be tech 2'd to the car

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    Depends on if the car is half can or not,

    There are alot of power steering pumps on ebay circa 120 quid

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