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I was driving making a turn It felt like I lost control of car the steering wheel was hard to turn like locked up. had to put it in N and park it Audi a6 1996 I do need to change water pump but it was working I turn my key and the engine wont start.

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Check the power steering fluid level and add fluid if it is low. Check to see if the steering rack is leaking. You can check it by removing the tie rod boots to see if fluid comes out. Make sure the belt is tight. If the pump works and no leaks, you may need steering rack replacement. If you do need to replace your Steering Rack, this site looks like it has cheap prices, free shipping and great reviews http://www.buyautoparts.com/power-steering-rack.html

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The steering locks don't necessarily engage when the key is removed, I always turn the wheel before exiting to engage it. There are several positions that will allow the pin to lock in but if between these, it may seem that it isn't locked.

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I think it is a common problem that while the power steering relaxes and the tyres find a comfortable spot to sit on the road, after you've parked, the steering mechanism can push against the steering lock in the ignition switch. Usually the steering wheel needs a bit of a jiggle while you turn the key. If you were to engage park brake, release foot brake and let go of steering wheel before turning off ignition, it may settle better for you.

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