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Steering wheel floating!

Car just out off warranty and had all proper checks with VW garage over the last three years. I was out driving with my daughter in the car and the car lost its steering ability on a roundabout. Very stiff to steer and the steering wheel was not in the correct location to the wheel alignment. It made the car impossible to turn and maneuver. I initally checked the power steering fluid but thats fine, there are no leaks and no warnign lights came on. I realised that we were in danger and drove to a point of safety. My local VW dealership where bought and work done is shut at the moment as it is late so I had a mechanic look at it and he says that he has never seen a floating steering wheel on a VW vehicle and that is the problem! Can anyone advise? I am a female and when I talk to garages they talk to me like I am stupid so I would like to be well advised before tomorrows chat. Thanks. :(

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Get it to an accredited steering and suspension specialist
the only way that the steering wheel position could change is if the steering column was not locked securely on the rack /pinion shaft or under the dash at the "U" joints
that would indicate a missing lock bolt or cotter pin and the shaft has jumped on the splines by not being secured properly

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

SOURCE: power steering fluid leaking.

With the engine switched off. Go under the car and clean of all the fluid you find. Now start the car and turn the steering wheel from full lock to full lock. Switch off the engine and go under the car and you should see the area of the fluid leek. With this information you can then decide how to tackle the repair.

Posted on Dec 01, 2008

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SOURCE: steering is stiff

the problem could be contamination in ps fluid.i would flush the system and replace fluid first .if that does not solve the pronlem you most likely need power steering pump. the steerjng box is very unlikely.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009

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Sounds like a bad steering rack & pinion assembly... is it only bad in one direction or both...?
If both then it's the rack assembly... Hope this helps...;-)

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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SOURCE: Transmission fluid,power steering fluid leak cause burnt smell?

The smell you are probably smelling is the fluids that are leaking hitting something hot like the exaust. Unless the leaks are so severe that it takes constant refilling then you should be ok. But be aware that when yu have leaking parts that you must regularly check those fluid levels. Them leaking wont cause major damage, but you not keeping the fluid levels up will. I had a tranny leask in my van for a 1 1/2 and thought it was a expensive fix, but I ended up fixing my leak for about 6 bucks. My point is, check your fluids once a day if not more depending on the severity of the leak.

Posted on Aug 07, 2009

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SOURCE: Vauxhall Astra estate, steering column defect.

the answer they gave u at the shop is true, there is no kit for that steering
sorry...

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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