The way I would describe it is a "loss of power steering" at very, very low speed.
Only when car/engine is cold; intermittent problem only, for example maybe 1-in-5 times. The problem clears in 10 - 15 seconds.
No fluid losses observed - i.E. No need for top-offs of any kind. A recent oil change service indicated so.
Problem has existed for ~4 months & has not gotten immeasurably worse, but would like to know what the trend/outcome is - and, if any preventive measures can be taken.
Not sure whether CV joints have ever been replaced in this vehicle. There is occasional noise when a "meaningful" left/right steer a low speed, but no loss of control or any sense of "drop-out".
Steering is fine (true) otherwise.
Perhaps unrelated is that the car has seems to lost its "soundproofing" (e.G. A lot of road noise), such that inside the compartment it is beginning to sound like sitting over the wing of an airplane. It doesn't affect drivability (at least to this point) & so I figure all this is accumulation of issues that emerge with an 11 y/o car.
Which needs fixing or looking into - and which is simply "age"?
have the same problem?
Thursday, January 15th, 2009 AT 10:07 AM