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Power steering busted and leaks

I have had no problems until the cold weather. I was parked to gas up at a gas station with a -25 wind chill. I got back in and started to drive with hard steering. It became manual instead of power. I had to drive it like that for another 6 hours!
Does that mean I have to buy a hold new power steering box? Did I do more damage by driving it?
Is it ok if I continue to drive it till the garages are open on Monday? How much am I looking at for cost, plus, can I fix it myself? I am worried in this extremely cold weather! Please, let me asap, thank-you much.

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  • grantalphons Dec 21, 2008

    Sorry, the vehicle that I posted is a 2004 Toyota Sienna Van with the power steering problem. I have had no problems until the cold weather. I parked at a gas station with a -25 wind chill. I got back in to drive and noticed hard steering. Rather than power steering, it became manual. I had no choice but to drive it for another 6 hours!

    Does that mean I have to buy a whole new power steering box?

    Did I do more damage by driving it?

    Is it okay if I continue to drive it till the garages open on Monday?

    How much am I looking at for cost, plus, can I fix it myself?

    I am worried in this extremely cold weather. Please let me know, much appreciated!

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2009

    We have a 2004 Toyota Sienna and power steering seems to not work or

    partially works. For a few years I could fill a knocking and looseness in the steering wheel, but still seemed to work okay.

  • mk_geoghan Jan 09, 2009

    I have the same problem and notice it only when it is cold. My mechanic said that driving it while it is like this won't damage the van but it's annoying.

  • Schwindt Feb 14, 2009

    I have an 04 Sienna with the same problem. Just noticed it about a month ago. Again only when it is cold.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Did youi call the dealer to see if your problem was covered under warranty?

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Call a Toyota dealership, and give them your serial number.

    Ask them if your vehicle is involved in "2005 Warrany Policy POL05-06".

    The power steering hoses crack at the radiator. The warranty, if applicable to your vehicle, is extended to 6 years or 72,000 miles. Let me know if your vehicle qualifies, and if they fix it for free.

  • balimaka mpembe May 11, 2010

    yes this hapens a lot to anny car .do not attempt to add moore fluid into the reservoir .this my cause fire because of hot oil to the exaust pipe have the car towed to the nearest shop to be fixed



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