Twice, since buying the car in Oct '08, the engine has cut out whilst cornering at slow speed. Power steering and braking is lost. Luckily road quiet on both occasions. Aware of recalls in earlier Honda models for similar problem - defective ignition switch. Local dealer has checked but no outstanding recalls on this vehicle or model.
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What is possibly happening is when you brake, there is a vacuum leak caused by the power brake system, this reduces the engine rpm, which in turn effects the power steering which makes it feel like the steering is locking up. This can also happen with a vacuum leak anywhere in the engine or things like a faulty idle adjustment control.... Turn the vehicle on, place your foot on the brake, if the idle speed increases dramatically you have a problem. Then put the vehiclein drive with your foot on the brake. If it nearly dies, again, you have an issue.
There are many different things on an engine that can create vacuum leaks. EGR Valves, IAC solenoid, PCV valves, the list goes on....
Good luck finding this particular issue!
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About five weeks ago, after driving for 1/2 mile, my car cut out with no warninh ... 26-08-11, 12:04 #1 ... I have a 51 Ford Focus 1.6 petrol, about 77000 miles on the clock. ... to check it wasn't anything I was doing, and whilst it wasn't half as bad, he did ... My main concern is the power failures causing the car to actually cut out ...Missing: kuga 11600 stutters
My Escape is sputtering / losing power. - Ford Forums - Mustang ...www.fordforums.com/f59/my-escape-sputtering-losing-power-191329/Old 07-08-13, 07:22 PM Thread Starter. Escape2009. Registered User. Join Date: Jul 2013. Posts: 5. My Escape is sputtering / losing power.Engine power loss and sputtering - CarGurus
What model Toyota? Later model cars have their engines controlled by an ECU which can cut out the engine when it senses problems such as low oil level, overheating etc. When ti ECU sense a problem it could cut the engine power to half )or less) of its full normal power to allow the vehicle to be driven at slow speed to the nearest service center.
Variable-assist power steering: A power steering system that uses valves and speed sensors to vary the amount of steering assist according to engine or road speed. At slow speeds more steering assist is delivered and steering the wheels is easier; necessary for parking, etc.. At higher speeds, steering assist is reduced and more steering effort is required to steer the car, giving the driver greater feel of the road. Also known as Speed-sensitive power steering.
Loss of current to the magnetic coils would cause a loss of power assist at low speed. Coil resistance can be checked with an ohmmeter, and should read about two ohms. An infinite (open) reading indicates a bad coil (requires replacing the rack since the coils are not serviceable). Checking for shorts between both sides of the coil assembly and rack housing is also recommended.
Most likely that will be your EGR valve, thats "Exhaust Gas Recycler" valve, it basically forces any unburnt fuel back into the engine to re-burn thus cuts the emissions. when they go you will lose a lot of power and the car will almost feel like it is twice as heavy. you can clean this part with carb cleaner and it may work again, It is strange how your ford dealer have not picked it up.
Does the engine light come on at all?
Also other thing it could be your air mass sensor, agaian you can clean this and it may still work, this part regulates the air to mix with the fuel you would lose power with this also and the car would hold back.