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    Power Steering problem

    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

    I have a 97 Chrysler voyager 2.0

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    It sounds like 'someone' was right.

    I used to have the same problem with my van. Unfortunately, the steering box valve cannot be overhauled or replaced. You will have to change the complete steering rack.

    I got one from a breakers yard for 100 then spent a day swapping them over.
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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.

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    Have you changed out the fluid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mugsymo View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by tcwagner1 View Post
    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.
    It does nothing to anything unless the pressure relief valve is clogged which is very unlikely to happen. Or on cold days avoid full lock witht he vehicle not warmed up. I had our durango at full throttle at full steering lock on a bitterly cold day (around 5 degrees) and burst one of the power steering hoses. Man that made a mess.
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    You NEVER want to hold the steering wheel against the stops, hot or cold. Used to work for a steering supplier to Chrysler in the late 90's. Some of the pumps will fail in as little as 15 seconds. The pressure relief valve recirculates the fluid directly to the pump (say HOT fluid) and can trash the pump.

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    Thankyou for the useful information everyone, when we replaced the steering pump we forgot to put in the new valve that you usually find underneath the pump..... could that be part of the problem or is it the fact we used standard powersteering fluid

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    I believe I read that in the owners manual for my 05, but it is an 06 manual. Like I said, I don't know why it said that, but I took note of it.
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    1990 Dynasty 3.0 120k 1 tranny 4yrs
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    1966 Dodge Coronet 440 Wagon, way old 1 yr. 135$ (Had to borrow it at the bank!)
    1964 Simca 1000 (bought for $10 rebored) 50k 4yrs
    1965 Ply Valiant V8 85k
    1964 Ply Valiant Wagon slant 6 200k 1 qt/200 miles
    1969 Corvair convertible 4 carb

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