Heavy Power Steering

Postby Scotty on Mon 20/Oct/14 7:46am

Ho Folks,

Our Caldina feels uber-heavy in the power-steering, was never a problem until the garage replaced the power steering belt and f'ed it up then didn't really sort it to our satisfaction (yup, herpa-derps in every industry).

Anyone got any ideas what could be causing it? I was thinking of flushing the power steering and cleaning out the filters.
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby amb236 on Mon 20/Oct/14 8:04am

Check that the power steering fluid is topped up. The belt simply drives the pump which provides the assistance, so as long as the belt is going round then it is unlikely to be belt related. Would be worth checking the belt tension anyway
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby Scotty on Mon 20/Oct/14 10:25am

Yeah the fluid seems to be at the right level, and the belt seems to be sweet.

I can't figure out how they screwed this one up. :blink:
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby amb236 on Mon 20/Oct/14 10:57am

What exactly did they stuff up when they tried to replace the belt?
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby jo on Mon 20/Oct/14 11:07am

And how heavy is heavy? :eh:
If the pump is completely f'd out I'd imagine you'd struggle to get the car out of your driveway.
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby ryda on Mon 20/Oct/14 11:08am

Check your tyre pressures :paranoid:
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby Scotty on Mon 20/Oct/14 11:22am

ryda wrote:Check your tyre pressures :paranoid:

Yeah, funny you mention that, because that was what it felt like.

I don't know what they screwed up, all I know is it was fine when it went in and was heavy as when it came out after they supposedly replaced the belt.
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby dwgknz on Mon 20/Oct/14 11:25am

Scotty wrote:
ryda wrote:Check your tyre pressures :paranoid:

Yeah, funny you mention that, because that was what it felt like.

I don't know what they screwed up, all I know is it was fine when it went in and was heavy as when it came out after they supposedly replaced the belt.


What's their view on it?
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby Scotty on Mon 20/Oct/14 12:04pm

They had another go, after which they suggested there was no problem. :rolleyes:

I'm thinking I might just flush it and see if that makes a difference.
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby Rik on Mon 20/Oct/14 1:15pm

ryda wrote:Check your tyre pressures :paranoid:


I can always tell my my tyre pressures get low because the steering gets real heavy. You pump them up again, and its like "wow, this is what power steering feel like, its so light"
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby gumby on Mon 20/Oct/14 4:51pm

El Booto in the boot would have a similar effect.
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby Dougal on Mon 20/Oct/14 5:08pm

They they touch anything other than the belt? Like the hoses?
Does it have oil in it? Does it have the correct oil in it?

Most power steering systems run on ATF or a hydraulic fluid of similar viscosity. If someone has put say EP90 gear oil in it would cause a few problems.
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby el_booto on Mon 20/Oct/14 5:56pm

gumby wrote:El Booto in the boot would have a similar effect.

:eh:

Scotty wrote:Our Caldina feels uber-heavy in the power-steering


Last I checked, a caldina wasn't mid-engined, so how would me in the boot, over the rear axle affect the power steering

Would you mind explaining how that works? I must have missed that physics class :blush:
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby Scotty on Mon 20/Oct/14 6:12pm

Dougal wrote:They they touch anything other than the belt? Like the hoses?
Does it have oil in it? Does it have the correct oil in it?

Dunno, buit I have noticed a lot of oil residue around the hoses and on the side of the engine bay around that area, so that'll be where I play next...
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Re: Heavy Power Steering

Postby gumby on Mon 20/Oct/14 6:40pm

el_booto wrote:
gumby wrote:El Booto in the boot would have a similar effect.

:eh:


:blush: OK 200kg of anything in the rear will lighten front end.
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