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Old 06 Jul 2010, 10:43 pm
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Default No Power Steering while breaking

HELP!!! I have a 2001 Pt Cruiser Limited Edition. I was driving along fine today, but while I was trying to park it was difficult to turn the steering wheel. As long as Im driving the steering is ok, but when I slow down or take my foot off the accelerator I have no power steering. I've changed the belt and have plenty of fluid. The Check Engine light has not come on. Any suggestions would be helpful since the closest dealership is 3 hours away.
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Old 08 Jul 2010, 07:42 pm
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Default Re: No Power Steering while breaking

Msk, while driving you're increasing your engine rpm's. It stands to reason that the higher the rpm's, the faster your power steering pump is working. So out on the road, you still have decent power steering capabilities--as opposed to low-speed rpm's (as in while you're parking).

Get it fixed before you are out on the road and are taking a corner and are surprised that your car is not making the turn ....

Tim
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Old 09 Jul 2010, 12:47 pm
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Default Re: No Power Steering while breaking

Sounds like your Power Steering Pump has failed. Happened to me in the middle of a turn, as Tim just said, and I almost couldn't complete the turn. Any decent mechanic can replace it. No need for a trip to the dealer.
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