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Car stalled, steering wheel locked up

While driving my car it was making a noise like when you step on a dead leaf. The sound was not continuous, but happened intermittently. When the car stalled I had come to a stop at a stop sign, then as I accelerated the car just stalled. The steering wheel locked up, I couldn't turn it and all the warning lights came on. I had to brake, place the car in park, turn off the ignition, and I had to restart the car.

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  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2008

    car started smoking then wheel locked up

  • Anonymous Feb 20, 2009

    I was driving and came to a stop light and entered a left turn lane when I tried to move off the car stalled and the steering locked up ,all the warning lights came on including air bag.I had to switch the car off and sart again in park

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SOURCE: ticking and rattling sound

sounds like the problem is brake related. That ticking you're hearing is your front brake rotors, clicking against the sides of the brake caliper. As you speed up, the clicking will get faster untill you won't be able to hear it, (it's still there, it's just inaudible at such a rapid revolution) upon deceleration, you will notice it more prominently, clicking in rhythm to the speed of your wheel's revolution.
basically, It indicates your brake pads are worn down. Unfortunately the condition will get worse, louder, and the car will become extraordinarily more dangerous to drive as front braking will be compromised if the vehicle's braking conditions persist.
A qualified mechanic will setup the brakes, rotors, check for warpage, hone the rotors if need be, and be able to install a proper replacement pad.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

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SOURCE: engine stalls at stop lights and stop signs

sounds like the torque converter lock up might not be disengaging. You might also want to check for engine vacuum leaks. Does engine idle smoothly when in park or nuetral ? if the idle is good I would suspect torque converter problem.

Posted on Aug 16, 2008

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SOURCE: making a knocking noise

This is most likely either a piston noise or a connecting rod bearing knock

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SOURCE: 06 Expedition Engine fail safe mode

truck needs to be scanned for the codes,most major parts stores will do this for little or no charge,get back to me with the codes and we'll go from there

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SOURCE: steering wheel make a noise when turn left

its due to low/no fluid level in the power steering reservoir.Check the fluid in the power steering. If it is low the car will make noise when you turn the wheel. the internal parts gets rubbed hard and noise occurs. refill the fluid and let it reset for some time then try it will get the fluency to move smooth and noise will get stopped. -------- This will help. Thanks please keep updated.please do rate the solution if helped.thank you for using fixya.

Posted on Nov 03, 2009

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SOURCE: Power steering, transmission and battery warning light

You need to check your belt tensioner and serpentine belt for slack and listen for any whining noise. The two events of power steering not working and the battery light not working may be related if the belt is slipping.

The slipping on the alternator will also cause the transmission not to shift properly either since it requires a specific amount of voltage in order to shift properly.

If the belt is fine then check the battery terminals for the proper voltage. Take a multimeter to the terminals with the car off and you should get 12.5V, then start the car and let it idle and you should get 14.4V at the terminal. If either of those numbers are off (or both) then you have a failing alternator and/or battery.

Posted on Feb 03, 2010

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