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Old 15 Jun 2011, 07:16 pm
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Default Steering Wheel Locked Up!

I was about to make a left turn (no rain/puddles/etc) when the steering wheel locked up. It was like driving a tank but I managed to turn the steering wheel like 10 times to get a slight turn of wheels. Was undrivable so had it towed and thought maybe it was busted belt but that checked out. Dealer replaced faulty compressor (for a/c issues) and now steering wheel seems ok. We are worried it will happen again (since they weren't really able to find reason just said maybe compressor was locking up pulleys??) so anyone have any ideas what it could be?
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Old 15 Jun 2011, 08:29 pm
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Default Re: Steering Wheel Locked Up!

OK, POSSIBLY, the compressor froze up which caused the serpentine belt to jump off track and all things (including the power steering pump) stopped working. Just a thought. Usually it's the power steering pump that goes bad (mine did) and you lose steering. Never heard of what you experienced with a new compressor fixing the steering.
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Old 15 Jun 2011, 11:17 pm
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Default Re: Steering Wheel Locked Up!

Did the steering "locked" up or the did the power steering stopped working?
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Old 16 Jun 2011, 12:28 am
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It felt like a lock up. I've driven a car w/o power steering , this was unlike anything I've ever driven. I could barely turn the tires a few inches even after turning the steering wheel all the way left. Oh yeah, forgot to mention I heard a 'clunk' on the right driver side (almost like something fell or came off) of the car right before the steering locked.
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Old 16 Jun 2011, 12:31 am
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Default Re: Steering Wheel Locked Up!

If the power steering pump went bad would it start working again like on/off? Or would it just stop? Because once they replaced compressor (they said no busted belts, nothing 'fell off' unless something came off track like you said) the steering wheel was fine.
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