What can cause power steering to lock up?

Tiny
LBLACK5415
  • 2001 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 62,000 MILES

Made a right hand turn today, and the steering locked up, could not complete the turn without backing up and turning to the left.

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Monday, September 19th, 2011 AT 4:21 AM

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Tiny
DRCRANKNWRENCH
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There are a few possibilities;

Power steering rack failed
U-Joint at steering column failed
Blockage of tie rod on either side of steering rack
Ceisedor broken tie rod end inner and/or outer

Jack up the car when you get a chance and see if there is any obviouse blockage of tie rods.
Have you lost any power steering fluid?
Was the steering normal before this happened?

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Monday, September 19th, 2011 AT 4:42 AM

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