Hi I was backing up and I ran over a rather large piece of hard snow/ice and I wasn't able to remove it so I continued to drive until it let loose. About two hours later and 15 miles I saw smoke and fluid on the ground. I didn't have any power steering. I am guessing that I broke a hose. The car is a 97 Pontiac Grand Am,6 cly,GT and it has the variable assistance power steering system along with the alternator cooling duct. Are these hoses easy to get too or will I need to take it to a garage to get repaired? I hope I didn't damage the pump I hear that that is expensive. Thank you Sherry
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Re: lost my power steering.
The hoses for your power steering should be on the right of the engine, as to the ease of access, the lines are right there, however they're a little tough to reach without the proper tools and a lift.
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The cheapest that I can think of is to check all the hose fittings are tight. If he forgot a critical item such as a seal then maybe he forgot to tighten all the hoses.. Other than that check for leaks in hoses and steering assemblies.
You may have snow packed in your wheel wells and steering linkages. See if you can get it to a car wash to make short work of it or use a screw driver like an ice pick if you've got the fortitude. Wear eye protection.
Hard to say but hereafter different checks to be done.
- check for a loose wheel and/or broken wheel studs
- bad wheel bearing
- unbalanced wheel
- metal piece 'squeezed' through one of your tires
- if driving in snow remove any snow or ice from your wheels/mags
- bad universal joint through the driving line
Hope it will help
Is there a large puddle under your vehicle? Your car's power steering is powered by power steering fluid and the belt turning this pump. So either you ran out of fluid due to a slow leak, the belt is not turning the pump, or you have a large leak and you lost all of your fluid at one time. It would be a good start by checking the power steering fluid, and the belt.
You need to put the car up on axle stands or ramps. Look for a lose or missing power steering belt, fluid leaks from hoses and fittings. You should check the fluid level first since you can do that from under the hood. Look up online repair guides to see if you want to try it yourself or take it to a garage.You might be able to fix leaking fittings by simply tightening them. So it's worth a try if you have ramps or axle stands.