STEERING PROBLEM2001 CHRYSLER SEBRING 6 CYL TWO...
2001 Chrysler Sebring
December, 1, 2008 AT 10:26 PM
2001 Chrysler Sebring 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic
I have a 2001 Chrysler Seabring LXI sedan. I have no power steering. I have replaced the power steering pump 3 times thinking I was getting bad pumps. Next I replaced the rack n pion 3 times thinking I was getting bad racks. Finally I bought all new parts power steering pump, rack, belt, return hose, supply hose. Like I said all brand new. And after all this there is still no Power Steering. How is this even possible?Any help or even a remote possible solution would be great as I am out of money and out of my mind. The only other thing is maybe there is a Power Steering fluid pressure switch but it seems this is only for 4 cyl. Cars. Plus I see no wires on the gear. Thanks for your help.
V6 also has a pressure switch. It is on the back side of the steering gear. Also, call your local Chrysler dealer with your VIN to see if you have the speed sensitive steering, and make sure that you get all correct units.
December, 2, 2008 AT 9:19 PM
Thanks for the reply. Just to add something, When I originally bought the car I had power steering and then got the PS problems so thats when I started putting all the new components in like rack, pump, hoses etc. I see where the pressure switch should go it looks like a plumbers fitting, but there was not one on the original rack so I assumed it never had one. Plus there are no wires dangling down from the computer or anywhere else that look like a connector or something is missing. I have not checked to see about the Speed sensor though so that might be my next stop. But maybe you know if the Sebring does have a bad speed sensor and I am at a complete stop and in park shouldn't I still have power steering?Anyway I certainly appreciate any other insight and will let the website know of my findings. Thanks
December, 3, 2008 AT 12:54 PM
Sebring does have speed sensor (input and output sensors). And, you should have P/S even when you are at park or at the light.
If you have a bad speed sensor, not having P/S is the least of your problem. Bad speed sensor will render your transmission into " limp" mode, you won't be be able to shift higher than second gear, max 40 mph with rpm running at about 4500 to 5500 rpm.
December, 3, 2008 AT 5:56 PM
Thanks Zackman, I called the Chrys. Dealership today and they said that for my vin # I do not have a Power Steering Switch with that model, so thats one less thing. As with the speed sensor I will test drive tomorrow to see if I can get over 40-50 mph as I usually never drive on the highway or anywhere that I need to drive above 40 or so. But I will try tomorrow. I can't help but feel I am missing something so simple. Since you work for Chrysler I was wondering if there is somekind of tool I can buy at a autozone or something that measures output fluid pressure for the pump? If you know of a tool I can get at my level that isn't $10,000 I would appreciate it. I will let you know what I find. Thanks again.
December, 3, 2008 AT 6:00 PM
Zackman can you explain to me how a speed sensor in the transmission can affect power steering since there is no wiring that attaches from rack, pump etc. To the transmission or PCM? Just wondering. Thanks
December, 4, 2008 AT 7:28 PM
There is no relation between speed sensor to power steering. I misunderstood your 2nd post. You meant the speed sensor on the p/s pump, and I was babbling about transmission speed sensor. My apologies.
I started reading about the p/s system on the 2.7L V6. It has no power steering pressure switch on the pump. Mine does, but it is the older 2.5L V6. It did however say that you have to make sure that your tie rod components and ball joints have to be in perfect order for the p/s to work properly. You may want to check those components.
December, 4, 2008 AT 7:45 PM
Zackman your a great help and asset to this site. I guess I will just try to take the ball joints out of their slots (I don't know what that is called) and try to loosen everything up from the tierod end up to the rotor etc. And see if I have an easier time turning the wheel with everything freed up. Then build up from there step by step. Thanks again and I will let the site and you know what I find.