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My 1998 Subaru Forester steering wheel locked while I was driving and the brakes went out also.

The tachometer went to zero but the motor was still running. I had to forcefully turn the wheel to get the car to the side of the road.

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    Jamie Alton Nov 04, 2012

    Are you certain that the engine was running and not simply overrunning, powered by the vehicle's motion?It sounds like you lost engine power, or else you wouldn't have lost both brakes and power steering. 

  • Jamie Alton
    Jamie Alton Nov 04, 2012

    My goodness! There are so many non helpful people who are only posting here to try and rack up points in order to get a free cap! Aren't there more fruitful things to be doing in life?

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I agree with the other Expert, but the steering wheel lockup is puzzling. Do you mean it did not turn or was hard to turn?

Now if the steering wheel locked in its Parked position, then the Ignition switch had to allow it. It would be consistent with losing the electric feed to the motor and things the other Expert said. Your Ignition switch may have turned itself off. Sometimes too much weight on a keychain is enough.

If the car will start, it may be okay. But the inside of your Ignition may be coming apart or your Keychip is cutting out. You might want to change Ignition switches.

Posted on Nov 04, 2012

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    Jamie Alton Nov 04, 2012

    I very much doubt they have an ignition switch issue. Those things are bullet proof and will almost certainly not cause this issue. I believe the poster has likely lost engine power. I would rather wait for confirmation before continuing , otherwise we are just shooting in the dark.

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