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Power steering pump and battery?

I was driving today and the charging system light came on. Immediately when that happened my power steering went out. What could be the cause of those happening simultaneously? I had heard the power steering pump whining over the winter when I would turn the wheel, and a mechanic told me it was probably because the fluid was cold, as it only happened when the engine had been off for long periods of time. As the weather warmed, the whining stopped, so I believed what he told me to be true. Any ideas?

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  • drdan42183 Jun 21, 2009

    I have a 2000 Saturn LS2. Sorry, left that off.

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It sounds like your "serpentine belt" has broken. The belt controls all the components; water pump, power steering, air conditioning, alternator. I'd look there first.

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It could be the fanbelt has snapped which drives the power steering pump and the alternater too, please check the belts.

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  • Peter Sawall Aug 26, 2010

    There are no fan belts on this car.

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