Users' questions

What does it mean when the electric power steering light comes on?

What does it mean when the electric power steering light comes on?

The light warns you that the power steering system has failed and prompts you to investigate for a cause. The cause may vary according to the type of power steering system in your car. In hydraulic power steering systems, a leak in the system causing a low fluid level is the most common cause for this problem.

How do you fix an electric power steering warning light?

For vehicles with electric power steering, the warning light won’t come on for fluid levels as there is no fluid being used. In fact, simply restarting the engine can sometimes turn the light off.

What do you do when your power steering light comes on?

Pull over as soon as possible and shut down the engine and restart it. If the warning light does not go out you will need to take the vehicle to your dealer or authorized repair facility. The good news is that the vehicle can be driven with a power steering failure.

Can a blown fuse cause power steering?

In vehicles with electric power steering (EPS), a faulty electric motor or even a blown fuse can affect the power steering.

How much does it cost to fix electric power steering?

The Best in Auto Repair The average cost for power steering control module replacement is between $742 and $769. Labor costs are estimated between $106 and $134 while parts are priced at $635. This range does not include taxes and fees, and does not factor in your specific vehicle or unique location.

How do you know when electric power steering is bad?

Symptoms of a bad or failing power steering pump

  1. Whining noise while turning the wheel. If you hear a whining noise while turning the wheel of your vehicle, something is wrong with your power steering system.
  2. Steering wheel slow to respond.
  3. Stiff steering wheel.
  4. Squealing noises when the vehicle starts.
  5. Groaning noises.

Why is my electric power steering not working?

In most cases, this is usually caused by a lack of power steering fluid or a leak in the system. It could also mean that you have a worn-out power steering pump that needs replacing.

Why has my power steering suddenly stopped working?

Because your engine is connected to your power steering pump, any stretching, fraying, corrosion or breakage can cause the immediate failure of your system. We recommend having your power steering belt checked with every maintenance service, and replacing it if it shows any signs of wear, aging, or damage.

What should you do if your power steering stops working?

If your power steering goes out when you are driving, it is best to get to the side of the road to safety. Turn on your hazards and apply your brakes slowly to maintain control of the vehicle and guide it off of the road. Remember you will need to turn the wheel hard to get the tires to respond.

What happens when electric power steering fails?

As a result, the steering wheel will become very difficult to turn. Electric power steering can stop working suddenly and render the vehicle very difficult to drive as well. You may also experience a loss of power assist when there’s a problem in an electric or hydro-electric power steering system.

When does the power steering go out in a Chevy HHR?

The power steering in my 2009 HHR goes out w/o warning, at various speeds. When it started I contacted my local dealer and Chevy and was led to beleive that this was an unusual occurrence. Since then, I have seen hundreds of complaints, similar to mine, dating back to 2006.

Why does my power steering keep going out?

What a difference. Follow up: There is clearly something electrical going on with my car. In addition to the power steering going in and out, the “Service ESC” warning goes on and off and the check engine light is going on and off too (my mechanic that works on my car says there’s nothing he can see causing that one).

How can I contact GM about power steering?

We can be reached at [email protected] (include your name, contact information, and the last 8 digits of your VIN with your inquiry). I am trying to get ahold of my dealership to have them check it out.

Are there any recalls on Chevy power steering?

The power steering motors in these cars are faukty and dangerous and Chevy knows it. They have already recalled the same ones in Ions, Cobalts, and Malibus and have only failed to recall all of them because they have not yet been made to do so.