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Loss of power steering

Discussion in 'Omega, Monaro VXR, VXR8, Carlton, Senator, Manta & Monza owners forum' started by imch, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. imch

    imch Member

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    Hi,
    I had a bit of a fright last week. Dropped kids off at school jumped in car (Zafira 1.8 petrol 52 reg) started engine (it had been off for about 20 mins), pulled out and suddenly lost all power steering, ie I could still turn the wheel, but with great effort. After about 30 seconds it kicked in again.

    Hasn't repeated itself since.

    Just wondering if there is something I can check for problems?

    Thanks for ideas in advance.
     
  2. BBert

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    Have you checked the power steering fluid levels & tank for leaks or split pipes.

    That's what i would 1st check.
     
  3. Dynamic Dave

    Dynamic Dave Qualified lego bricklayer

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    Could be early signs of a pending battery or alternator failure.

    These have electric PAS pumps and rely on a good battery and the alternator working correctly.
     
  4. RatCav

    RatCav Well-Known Member

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    Had a very similer problem with my missus' pug. Turned out the bushes on the motor were bunged up. They are pushed out on these little springs that get full of oil/dirt and stop pushing them out on the rotor thus it stops working. Fixed it by tw*tting it with a hammer a few times to shock the muck out and it has worked fine ever since. Of course hitting it too hard could break it completely, but my theory at the time was it is broken now and had nothing to lose.
    In your case it could also be bad connection. Check the plug is seated correctly and the terminals are clean.
     
  5. imch

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    Thanks.
    I'll check things for leaks.
    Alternator sounds like a goodish bet. It's started making noises as if the bearings are going.
     
  6. chambo

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    Had power steering failure on my zafira last week. Turns out that the alternator had packed up and the power steering relies on a good 14 volt supply from the alternator or else it fails. Have had the alternator repaired and I am re-installing it today

    :)

    Si
     
  7. ianckt739

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    What was weather like? Same thing happened with my Meriva on Thurs last week when I was struggling to reverse up my drive in snow and ice. EPS light came on and I lost power steering then as soon as I got back onto solid ground it all came back on. Hasn't happened since. May just be the ice etc or could be that I also have a fault!
     
  8. Dynamic Dave

    Dynamic Dave Qualified lego bricklayer

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    The PAS system on the Zafira is different to that of the Meriva.

    The Meriva PAS system is like that of the Corsa, totally electric (a motor connected directly to the steering column); whereas the Zafira is still hydraulic, but has an electric PAS pump instead of one driven off a belt from the engine.
     

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