ON my 1992 SVX, when I turn the wheel either way when parked on pavement or even rolling very slow, all of the lights on the dash come on. Has anyone ever heard of this happening? It is like when you turn on the key to the on position without starting it. I have watched as the pulley on the pump will actually slow down when you turn the wheel. This was my first thought as to why the lights would come on because the power steering pump and the alternater share the same belt and if it was slipping then the alternator would not turn and make the lights come on. So I tightened the belt and it still did the same thing. I see an electric device down where the steering column hooks to the steering rack and it has two wires coming out of it, does any one know what that is? Does anyone have any ideas about what the problem is? I would really appreciate it
Re: 1992 SUBARU SVX POWER STEERING SYSTEM MALFUNCTION
Its your harmonic balancer pulley going bad. this pulley is made in 2 parts and a rubber seal. the rubber part goes bad and thus causing the pulley to slip. which in turn doesnt turn you pwer steering and alternator. with having no alternator working your dash lights up. not buy a new pulley from subaru. there 200.00, can go bad any time, weighs about 10lbs. get one from ebay. theres lots of seller that are selling it from 40 to 100.00, and only weigh about 1lb.
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If you let go of steering wheel and step on brakes does the wheel vibrate?
I'd say its either warped rotors, power steering malfunction, or possible wheel bearing, although if wheel bearing you should feel/hear a hum which would get louder depending on which way you turn the vehicle.
I had an SVX, and loved it! Had to replace the power steering pump too, but I found that until I did a really thorough flush that it still didn't work right. Jack the front wheels off the ground. Have a helper get in the car to start it and turn the wheel back and forth. Before starting it, disconnect the low-pressure return hose from the pump and put the end of it into a bucket. Be ready with a couple of quarts of ATF fluid (you don't need to use power steering fluid.) Start the car and pour fresh fluid into the pump while the steering wheel is being turned all of the way back and forth a couple of times. Don't let the fluid level get down to where it pumps any air! Shut it off just before you finish pouring in the second quart of ATF. Reconnect the low pressure hose, run it again and adjust the fluid level. This worked for me - the steering operated like new. Good luck.
Remove the plastic cover held on by two 10mm hexbolts. Slide cover forward (dont try to lift up).
Below the Power Steering pump is a pulley. This is the belt tensioner. With a 12mm box-end wrench, loosen pulley bolt.
There is a 12mm bolt that extends from the pulley at a right angle. Turn this bolt counter-clockwise to loosen, and clockwise to tighten. Make sure you loosen the belt enough to easily slip it off the alternator pulley. Put on new belt and reverse disassembly process.
if you are turning the wheel all the way until it stops then you are putting the steering pump in a bind cuasing the engine to slow down more causing the engine to stall ,,, recommend you turn the steering wheel all the way you are going until the wheel stops and then back the other way a little bit to stop this binding,, shoulsd stop your problem