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1997 Continental Check Steering Assist Alarm Comes On

From time to time the check steering assist alarm comes on and the steering assist is lost. Can reset it by shutting down and restarting, but this isn't always convenient.

From what little I was able to determine from online comments is that there are slip rings to the steering rack that may not be making full contact or are dirty.

Had it checked by two independent mechanics but they couldn't solve the problem.

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  • wwizzardd Feb 12, 2009

    I have the same problem. The steering assist will periodically quit and the vehicle sends the "check steering assist" to the dash display. As with your problem, shutting the car off and restarting will usually resolve the problem temporarily.



    Is it possible the power steering pump is starting to fail? The first time I received the "check steering assist" message, my power steering fluid was actuall a little low, but not drastically so. I assumed initially the "check steering assist" was refering to a low fluid level, which I topped off and the probelm went away for a time.



    Is it possible the initial fail and the current probem are related? There was about 4 months between the low fluid issue (which has not reoccured) and the currently intermittent problem.

  • wwizzardd Feb 27, 2009

    I picked up an additional problem ... my alternator died. As the voltage put out by the alternator dropped and lowered the overall battery voltage I noticed several other symptoms ...

    The personal preferences would not load..
    The traction control had errors..
    The Seat Access would not fully return to set status..
    The check ABS flashed a few times..
    AND - The battery finally died..

    All of these systems, along with the power steering settings, are electronically controlled.

    I had the alternator checked after the battery died and found it to be bad (about 12.5 VDC under load instead of the normal 14 - 15 VDC).

    I replaced the alternator and all of the above problems appear to have been resolved, including the power steering issue. It has only been a few days since the new alternator was installed, but I would suggest having your alternator (and the rest of the charging system) checked. Low voltage seems to be a possible cause.

    Good luck.

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Is the fluid full enough? there should be a dipstick to tell where the level should be. Also is the belt tight enough? Wires loose?

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