1998 Lexus GS 300 Power steering

Tiny
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  • 1998 LEXUS GS 300
  • 180,000 MILES
Drove my car and had no problem. Parked and got back in an hour later. My battery light is now on and my power steering is not working. Car starts with no problem, and the battery is pretty much new. What might be the cause?
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Thursday, September 26th, 2013 AT 11:59 PM

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Tiny
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Possible a bad alternator do you have a multi meter to do some testing?
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Friday, September 27th, 2013 AT 12:04 AM
Tiny
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The first suspect would be a broken serpentine belt. That will stop the power steering pump and the generator from working. The "Battery" light means the battery is not being recharged by the generator while you're driving; not that the battery is defective.

You can drive like that for perhaps up to an hour before the battery will run down, but there's two other things to watch for. First of all, without knowing which engine you have, there's no way to know if the water pump is driven by the timing belt or the external serpentine belt. If the engine starts to overheat, stop it immediately because a very minor problem will turn into a serious and expensive one. Second, turning the steering wheel will be hardest at lower speeds and real easy at highway speeds, but turning it a lot with the power steering pump not running will usually make it spit fluid out onto the ground. It will make a mess, but it won't be damaged as long as you refill the reservoir once the belt is replaced.
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Friday, September 27th, 2013 AT 12:35 AM
Tiny
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I didn't catch the no power steering the first time I read thru the question. Thanks for the back up cardio.
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Friday, September 27th, 2013 AT 8:02 AM
Tiny
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You were spot on. It w as the serpentine belt. A pulley in the middle of the engine froze n the belt came off. Luckily I had not gone to far before I had noticed. My car had begun to overheat. Wish I had read this before I had taken off this morning.
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Friday, September 27th, 2013 AT 8:12 AM
Tiny
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Glad to hear you found the problem.
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Friday, September 27th, 2013 AT 11:21 AM
Tiny
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See? I TOLD you I'm not as dumb as I look!
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Saturday, September 28th, 2013 AT 12:48 AM

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