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Driving thru heavy rain battery warning light came on and power steering stopped working

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SOURCE: Power steering suddenly went out while driving

check the eps fuses (if applicable) if not then check the drive belts

Posted on Apr 18, 2009

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SOURCE: my car squeals when driving in heavy rain

You may want to check if this happens when you have the AC on. If does, then you may have to check the drive belt for the AC compressor. Otherwise check the other drive belts if the tension is correct. Check as well the status of the belts if they would need replacing.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009

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If the water got high enough to cover the front of the engine or was shot up high enough by hitting the puddle it will cause the belt or belts to slip on the pulleys so you can loose power steering or the alt will show low amperage output and will turn on the battery light.

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2009 Ford Focus Zetec, 1.8 diesal. ABS warning light,Steering Failure Assist light and Battery light all on. Can't steer car. Then takes twenty minutes to restart car. Any ideas?

Posted on Jan 30, 2011

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