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Power steering my power steering went out and my jeep shut off and then wouldn't restart...could these be connected? is there a safety when you run out of power steering fluid?

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    Jay St. Jean May 11, 2010

    Make sure the drive belt on your pullies is still intact and tight, because if it broke, it would also make the vehicle not charge, causing it to drain the battery and eventualy die.

    Hope this helps!



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I have recently had to work on 3 different jeep cherokees 92, 98, 99 and have encountered a similar problem on the 92. The serpentine belt broke and needed replacement, it connects all the major functions in your motor including your power steering, fan, water pump and yes altenator...after replacing your new powersteering pump (which by the way is a real pain in the **** with having to mount the new pulley...)
The jeep wouldnt start and I also had a drained battery so I had to use a jump box to get it started...there is no such thing as a safety for power steering...

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