Upon getting my car back from being repaired after a passenger side, front end wreck ($4,300.00 PLUS in damages), my power steering seems to be going out. It's sporadic-it has quit working in mid-turn 3 times in 2 days (but just for a few seconds). There is a little clicking in the steering wheel when turning sharply. The click happens towards the beginning of sharp turns (it sounds like the clicking you hear in your wheel when you need new cv joints, but only one or two quick clicks).
Before I had a chance to disvover this on my own, the guy that was over the repairs told me (as I was initially picking up my car), "Sweetheart, you have a power steering problem and it has NOTHING to do with the wreck." He said the power steering was "whining" sporadically, like it needed ps fluid--but it was full of fluid. (For the record, I think he made up the whole "whining" sound.I have yet to hear anything close to a whine or squeal.
he told me the issue is either the pump or the steering rack causing the power steering to fail.
I asked him if the power steering problem could possibly be a belt that was not tightened all the way back. He said absolutely not. He said if there was a loose belt the power steering would not work AT ALL! Is this true? I've read otherwise.
Is it possible that something within the power steering was damaged either from the wreck or accidentally when repairing the wrecked vehicle? There were NO issues with the power steering prior to the accident. At all.
This is extremely frustrating to me. I believe the power steering pump is located on the front passenger side under the hood. Where the impact from the wreck was the hardest. How can this not be from the wreck?
Do you know if there's any way to prove the pump (or rack or whatever it is) was damaged in the wreck? When you've seen repairs on front end damaged vehicles, have there usually been power steering repairs? Is that common or no?
Any answers/opinions/advice you could provide would be of great help:)
Thanks so much!
have the same problem?
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 AT 11:15 PM