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Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 10:56 am 
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Can some one explain what is going on ?
every now and then if i turn a corner under heavy acceleration it feels like the power steering drops out, steering gets very heavy for a few seconds then come good, also did it from a standing start under 3/4 throttle this morning turning off the Monash freeway. Car is a IL6 EL Fairmont

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 12:02 pm 
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Is there a nasty sound like a belt slipping?
Other then that, check fluid level, but my immediate thought is belt slipping.
EL's have serpentine belt yeah? Is it even possible for that to slip?
Funny that, answers bring more questions :P

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 12:06 pm 
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Is there enough fluid in the power steering???

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 12:23 pm 
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Yeah, Fluid is fine and it is a single belt for the whole lot. Got me stumped

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 12:38 pm 
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What about with the car sitting stationary, just dry steering it?

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 1:00 pm 
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seems fine, only seems to do it when i am under heavy throttal and turning, ether left or right, no odd sounds or performance hit. very crazy

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 2:43 pm 
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When was the last time your car had a wheel alignment?
Cause if it doesn't do it dry steering, then it can't really be power steering, cause dry steering puts a s**t more pressure on it that actually driving along.
I'd get it checked by a mechanic, cause it sounds like a possible suspension component problem to me.

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 2:59 pm 
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Balance and alignment done 3 weeks ago. suspention checked ok too. Might have to take it back and see what they can find, could it be a vacume problem ?

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 3:17 pm 
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Very bizarre problem, sorry I can't be of more help.

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 6:20 pm 
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its not the power steering pump... i heard the ef and el's had a mongrel power steering pump...

mine has done the same thing twice

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 9:58 pm 
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is it the speed sensitive steering? is there some sensor that adjusts the amount of assistance due to the speed of the vehicle?

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:08 pm 
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Not in a Falcon

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:44 pm 
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Sounds like your just pushing the car to its limits when cornering there's a greater load on the steering wheel because you're also accelerating out of the corner and forcing the front tyres to have to grip the road not to slide out.
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Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 8:28 pm 
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ScottFiske wrote:
Not in a Falcon

Speed sensitive power steering is fitted to ALL EL fairmont ghia, fairlane ghia and LTD models :roll: :twisted:

 

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Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:34 pm 
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Fairmont... i have a Fiarmont.. Sorry

 

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