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Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 3:39 pm 
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Well I think I have f**k my power steering in a huge way.
I drove it from Melbourne to Bendigo on Saturday night to give it a operation.

When I went to drive......( I also managed to drive over the girlfriends foot ).......the car up on the ramps I had smoke billowing out of the engine, no pwer steering fluid left ( after I filled it up in Melbourne ) and no power steering at all.

Will this much smoke I am thinking its a Rack I have done.

What is the cost of getting it done by a machanic and will I need to get the wheels aligned again.

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:05 pm 
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dont really know what it would be worth, probably a couple hundred (3-4 maybe) and yes you will need a new alingment

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:10 pm 
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new rack is worth about 440, thats what it cost to get mine done in melbourne last july

 

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including wheel alignment

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 5:05 pm 
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Is it a big job to do yourself - the actual rack change because I can book it in for a wheel alignment tomorrow

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 7:20 pm 
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Sounds more like the power steering switch has s**t itself. The switch is on the rack and when the go they spray lots of high pressure fluid all over the exhaust giving off lots of smoke.

Switch is only about $30, certainly worth a look.

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 9:56 pm 
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as for being a big job, i would hate to do it without a hoist

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:48 pm 
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how long were you driving without p/steer fluid?
if it had no fluid in it for a while, chances are the pump will be noisy now.

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:13 pm 
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madmax you were right on the money, it was a power steering switch and the person who owned the car before me had also disconected to switch to the lume, what a wanker :evil:

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:18 pm 
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ebjamie wrote:
madmax you were right on the money, it was a power steering switch and the person who owned the car before me had also disconected to switch to the lume, what a wanker :evil:


Glad to have helped, just hope running the steering dry hasn't done anymore damage.

The same thing happened to my EA driving from Monkey Mia to Geralton. Didn't notice the smoke until the car was stopped so don't know how long it was leaking for but the pump was empty. I never had any trouble with the PS afterwards, so you might be lucky.

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:34 pm 
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I just went to Repco to get the part which costs $75 , this seems really high and once again confirms why I should never go to REPCO again, its only that I needed the part so bad.

Damn you REPCO!!!!!! :evil:

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 8:12 pm 
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I just went to Repco to get the part which costs $75 , this seems really high and once again confirms why I should never go to REPCO again, its only that I needed the part so bad.

Damn you REPCO!!!!!! :evil:


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Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:07 am 
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OK problem now fixed and the steering feels lighter then ever, even before the problem started. Now I am just waiting for the degreaser smell to go away, I thought why I am down there I might as well degrease the engine as well.

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:08 pm 
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what was the problem? was it just the switch leaking?

 

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