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Steering gone heavy

I have a 2001 legacy and as I was driving it the steering went heavy and both the brake light and the battery lights came on. The car was really hard to steer from then on, any ideas

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    Mike Gagnon May 11, 2010

    Did you check the Power steering fluid? Subie's are very tempermental on such things and will do many wierd things.

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Sounds like the belt that drives your steering pump is the same belt that drives your alternator, eh? Are you sure you don't have a loose, slipping, or broken steering/alternator belt? I assume you have looked under the hood, and that the engine did not die.
Check the steering fluid level, as mentioned above, and inspect the belts. Steering pumps need their fluid, BUT I Can't imagine why a low steering fluid level would cause the warning lights to come on unless a belt is at fault or the engine died. Belt could still be in place, but just sliding across the crucial pulleys. So watch it run and note if all the pulleys are turning or not. I'm betting the belt broke, slipped, or an accessory pulley locked up. Namely: steering pump or alternator.

Report back if this is not the problem please. Hope this helps. Tater Todd

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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