Car failed the MOT due to power steering not working (needed 2500 rpm to get it to work) i replaced the pump and it was working fine. I passed the MOT and i had to turn round somewhere and done a full left lock and heard a wierd screech
Now my power steerring not working again, i was told by someone they reckon its the valve on the power steering rack..... where would this be located and is that the problem or could it be something else
Any help would be much appreciated thankyou
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funny thing is took it for a long drive and the power steering started working, worked for couple of days then wont work again.
Mine would do the same. You probably have small pieces of rubber seal getting jammed in the steering valve.
Most worrying thing is, it usually failed at low rpm. Like when turning a corner in town with the throttle closed.
Not only would the steering kick back hard enough the sprain your wrist, but the sudden extra load on the PS pump/serpentine belt would stall the engine - so no power brakes either.
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For what it is worth, I read somewhere you should never hold the steering in full turn, left or right, for more than a few seconds as it will damage the unit. I don't know what it does, but that could be what triggered your problem. One of the real mechanics here can probably weigh in on what extended lock does and to what.
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