On a number of occassions I have been driving and my steering has locked and the engine cuts out completely, usually more often when i'm turning into a road or roundabout. It usually starts up straight away but then i'm really worried it will happen again. This has now become dangerous as it has caught me on a number of occassions when there have been cars behind me. I bought this car brand new and it has only done 12,000 miles. I took it to ford who found no fault what so ever and it has even been to a private garage where no fault has been found. When I switch the car on all the light are on but after a few seconds 3 lights remain which is the enginel ight,oil light and battery light. No I feel I just want to get rid of it and dont want to buy a ford again.
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Start with the rear. Most likely a brake problem. 2 things to look at. First the emergency brake cable. Make sure the cable is kind of loose. If not it is locked/rusted and applying the brake. Gets worse as you drive. Cut them close to the brake or replace them. Next is the rear brake hose/s. To check this, if the brakes are tight, release one of the brake bleeder valves. If it releases the brakes, replace the hose. Hard steering could be the power steering pump or gear box, or bad ball joints. This you'll have to look at the steering linkage. Ball joints, pitman arm, idler arm. Any of these look really rusty at the connection. Could be a problem. Look at the steering shaft also. There is a u joint that rusts up and will cause hard spots when turning. Gear boxs usually get sloppy. Power steering pumps start to whine when going bad.
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!