power steering not working

I've been having problems with misfires on my cylinders – 3 different ones. After taking it to the repair garage I only had 1 misfire in my first cylinder. Now my power steering seems to be failing. While I am driving I feel a tug on my steering wheel. I drive OK then all of a sudden my power steering stops functioning causing my steering wheel to lock up and forcing the wheel into the direction needed. I would have to tug at my wheel – left and right – to stay in control. This has almost caused an accident! I got a diagnostic check, but nothing came up regarding the power steering
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You probably know this already, but I must mention that driving with the faulty power steering is very dangerous. This is definitely not an issue that can wait. The trouble could be in the power steering pump, belt/tensioner, or steering rack. Since you mention the previous mechanic was unable to find and fix the misfire, and unable to find and fix the power steering issue, it may be time for a new mechanic to take a look at the situation. A certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose your power steering system and let you know exactly how to best proceed.

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Pump malfunctions, fluid leaks, blocked hoses, contamination of power steering fluid, or worn power steering belts are some specific factors that can contribute to steering system failure.
If the power-steering fluid reservoir is relatively full and the driver isn`t getting any power steering, the customer probably needs a new pump. A less-common cause of power-steering loss is a clog in the power-steering system.
Check the power steering fluid level. If there`s not enough fluid, it`ll be hard to make turns. Unscrew the cap of the power steering pump and check the fluid level. If it`s not full, buy power steering fluid from your local automotive supply store and refill the pump.
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Power steering pumps will whine or grind when turning if they are failing. You may also notice tight steering response or slow response when you turn the wheel. If you notice these things in combination, that is a good indication that your power steering pump is about to fail.
One of the most common problems power steering systems have is leaks. The high pressure of the system combined with the soft hoses carrying the fluid makes it relatively susceptible to leaks. A low fluid level can cause a whining power steering pump and even a loss of fluid pressure and a loss of steering assistance.
Vehicles that are designed with a power steering pump should only be used when the power steering is operational. When the power steering stops working, you should refrain from operating the vehicle until the pump is replaced.
Having power steering is essential for driving. Not only can driving without it damage your car, but it can also endanger other drivers on the road. For this reason, it`s illegal in all 50 states to drive without power steering. Power steering enables you to turn your steering wheel easily and quickens reaction time.

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power steering fluid is leaking
ANSWER : With a power steering fluid leak that big, you certainly should have the vehicle inspected as soon as possible to find the exact cause. Any of the components you listed can be the source of the leak. The power steering pump as well as the rack & pinion steering unit rely on the fluid for lubrication as well as cooling. The whining you hear is from the pump when the fluid runs low or empty. Your issue can be caused by something as simple as a fluid hose right now, but continued ’running dry" of the power steering fluid, can result in damage to both the pump and the rack & pinion unit. If that happens, you can take what may be a repair of a few hundred dollars and turn it into a repair of a couple of thousand dollars.

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had power steering pump replaced but power steering fluid is leaking
ANSWER : This suggests that you may have a leak somewhere else in your power steering system such as one of the hoses or the rack and pinion system. As you may know, the power steering system is a highly pressurized system that can have as much as 300+psi of pressure in the system at times, so it is not uncommon for these types of leaks to happen. If you’d like to get this fixed, I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose the leak in your power steering system and make the the necessary repairs to fix it.

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Why does my power steering only work when it wants to?
ANSWER : First off, I would not drive the vehicle until the problem is rectified, as this is a very unsafe driving condition.

I would have a certified mechanic take a look at the vehicle to diagnose the issue. With that said, they will also want to take a look at the intermediate shaft. It is a shaft that connects the steering wheel (column) to the rack and pinion (steering gear).

It has been my experience that this intermediate shaft will corrode over time and create a feeling of a loss of power steering assist. This is a situation where an experienced mechanic can perform some tests to identify if this is the problem.

If you need help identifying and repairing the issue, YourMechanic offers several options. They have trained mechanics that can come to your home, or place of business, and diagnose your power steering issue and repair it for you.

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Major Leak of power steering fluid
ANSWER : Hello…it sounds like you have a loose or faulty hose connection. Of course, it is also possible that a coincidental leak developed, for instance in a rusted steel tube on the return side, at the same time that you were doing this repair. A YourMechanic specialist could diagnosis this for you and assist you with the repair of your power steering and inspect your vehicle for leaks.

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Very loud pop when turning sharp left leaking transmission or power steering fluid where steering column meet rack
ANSWER : Hi there. If everything else has already been installed from the donor vehicle then it sounds like the high pressure hose is all that you need to install. The hardest part of doing this is the routing. One thing you may also want to double check is that the donor vehicle and your 2003 Escape have the same rack. There are different models depending on the model and the size of your wheels. You need to install the pressure line first, but if it does not line up then you may have the wrong rack installed. If you would like some assistance installing this hose, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to you to [replace your high pressure steering hose] https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/power-steering-pressure-hose-replacement

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I had a warning message in my 2013 Ford Fusion that the power steering assist failed. I have power steering capability now. Is it safe to drive?
ANSWER : Some 2013 Ford Fusion models are part of a safety recall involving loss of steering assist. Contact your dealer with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or check your VIN number on safercar.gov to verify if this recall applies to your vehicle. Loss of steering assist can be dangerous if you are caught off guard. It would be best to not drive the vehicle. Contact your dealer to have it towed to their location.

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Installed new rack and pinion,power steering pump and lines worked good for 2 days now no power steering. No leaks
ANSWER : Hi there. The replacement of the power steering components, should of lasted more than 2 days. If, there is a power steering cooler present in the system. It should have been flushed, to prevent contamination of the newly replaced power steering components. The power steering pump is most likely, the cause for no assist. There should be an audible change in noise, from the power steering pump, as the steering wheel is being turned. I recommend having your vehicle’s no power steering be diagnosed and repaired by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.

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Chrysler 3.8 L. T&C power steering rack and pump replacement.
ANSWER : As you may know, the power steering rack pumps power steering fluid through a series of small reed valves that help to produce hydraulic pressure as the system is pressurized by the pump. This is what allows the power steering system to assist you in steering your car. When either the pump or the rack is not working properly, one or the other can sometimes over compensate for the other to a certain degree, but will eventually be overworked and fail. It sounds like this may have been the case in your situation. I would suggest having a second opinion on the previous mechanic’s work. If you’d like a professional from YourMechanic can come to your home or place of business to properly diagnose and repair your power steering system.

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