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Old 07-08-2007, 10:57 AM   #1
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Exclamation Steering Wheel Locked While Driving

So, on my way to work, about a block from my house, the steering wheel locked on me while i was driving (making a turn). The steering wheel light cameup and locked while I was driving. So, I pulled over, turn the engine off, switch the key to the off position, then back to on, and turned on the engine and it was fine. I drove off like it didnt happen. It got me concerned thou. I got scared... Anyone experienced something like this? Also, I hear some sounds coming from my wheels when Im driving, like theres something stuck on the wheels.
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:21 AM   #2
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Cool Locked....

By "locked" I think you mean "power steering suddenly got real heavy".....
....a locked steering column lock wjhile driving is kind of impossible, the giveaway is the light, indicating a power steering fault.

The electric steering takes lots of power, you may have a loose/bad battery terminal - check 'em.


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Old 07-08-2007, 11:55 AM   #3
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I think I would be visiting the dealer and saying "Fix it".

As far as the battery terminal I would think that you would have other issues at the same time if you lost a pos./neg. connection. Would not you get a CEL or a battery light? The battery connection completes the main power for the cars operation of all the other electrical functions.
How would it be able to cause just one system to fail, and not something else?
The light/ failure could be due to a bad electrical connection in that section of the harness. Or a problem with the steering actuator itself.

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Old 07-08-2007, 12:05 PM   #4
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By "locked" I think you mean "power steering suddenly got real heavy".....
....a locked steering column lock wjhile driving is kind of impossible, the giveaway is the light, indicating a power steering fault.

The electric steering takes lots of power, you may have a loose/bad battery terminal - check 'em.


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i agree, did you add any electrical equipment recently?? (speakers, amp, etc, or have you disconnected the battery recently??)
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Old 07-08-2007, 02:22 PM   #6
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I would not drive it. Call the dealer and tell them to come get it and fix it.
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i agree, did you add any electrical equipment recently?? (speakers, amp, etc, or have you disconnected the battery recently??)
noo...i havent add anything or touched the battery or anything electrical...
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Loosing power steering has been a known problem with some people with different solutions on how they fixed it. I myself had power steering issues and it turned out to be the connectors under the air intake box. I would take it to the dealer and have them look into your powers steering, but search the forums here to have an idea what others went through. Personally, I didn't take mine to the dealer... I just cut the wires and spliced them together, only after troubleshooting it to that location. Not sure about the sound you hear coming from the tires, would need more clarification on the type of sound (sound clip would be helpful). But I would defiantly recommended taking it to the dealer and have them check everything!
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Try this thread, it's probably the same piece that's broke......

Steering, Breaks....

They wanted to replace the whole steering rack ($2k!)

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I am in very similar situation to Jon316G, but the plug is underneath the engine close to the swaybar. Since, I have force fed the car, the plug is very close to the intercooler hose, which wil get hot. I will have to either wrap up the pipe or cover the plug with heat tape.
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By "locked" I think you mean "power steering suddenly got real heavy".....
....a locked steering column lock wjhile driving is kind of impossible, the giveaway is the light, indicating a power steering fault.

The electric steering takes lots of power, you may have a loose/bad battery terminal - check 'em.


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Mine LOCKED last nite. I just had my engine replaced and noticed that the AC Compressor bolt was loose, it managed to rattle its way into the steering linkage. Kind of like a branch in a bicycle wheel.
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Sounds like the battery is on its way out the door
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