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What might cause my power steering to fail suddenly and then start working again?

I was driving my 1992 Toyota Pickup when the power steering suddenly failed as I was making a right turn. I quickly pulled over and shut off the engine. I checked the fluid level (fine) and peeked at the belts (no obvious problems). I got back in, started it up, and the power steering was working again, and continued to work for the rest of my ride home (5 miles or so). What could be going on?

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    Bonnie Ya?ez Feb 22, 2012

    Could be trapped air in the line.



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I would think that the power steering and the tranny are two different systems, unless on a land cruiser they are some how connected. If the tranny is low on fluid, then yes it will affect the tranny ( i.e. not shifting, not going into gear, etc). Have you checked the fluid level of the tranny. That would be the first thing to check out. Also, the belt that goes to the power steering pump - does the belt operate anything else on the engine. I would check that out also.
( I'm posting my comments to you again, since I responded under "clarification", but I really like those thumbs up's, so if my solution was helpful- Please rate! And I'm real glad you figured out the problem. Just to play it safe, you may want to add an ADDITIVE to the tranny, such as LUCAS, to help the tranny out a bit since it ran low on fluid. Good Luck!

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