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Old 29 Nov 2013, 11:19 pm
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Default Loss of power steering, brakes & rough engine

Power steering quit working, brakes got hard and are not working and engine jerky! All this at once!! Any ideas??? HELP needed! Will tear into it tomorrow to check. Serpentine belt is still there, fluid under car.
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Old 30 Nov 2013, 01:55 am
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Lightbulb Re: Loss of power steering, brakes & rough engine

You may just coincidentally have 2 problems happening at once;
The power steering could just be low on fluid,or possibly leaking somewhere,further inspection will tell you more....Check around the P/S pump,and lines;Don't forget to check around the pressure switch also,any of these can develop a leak.
The issue with your brakes,and the jerky engine,could be a vacuum leak somewhere.....First place I'd check would be the brake booster hose coming off the side of the air box,it provides alot of the main vacuum supply to the engine,a fairly common problem,it's either come loose,cracked/broken,or someone was doing something under the hood,may have taken it loose,and forgot to re-connect it(usually happens when the air box is removed for some reason,like battery removal,air filter change,engine work,etc.)
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