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2003 Toyota Prius Hybrid, Power Steering problem

2003 toyota prius hybrid while driving suddenly warning light come on with PS sign on then steering become hard. I checked power fluid and pump are working. Engine off and restart car, Sign goes away but again PS warnig light come on. what fault it is and what is solution

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I don't know about hybrids, but on most vechiles, you check power steering fluid with engine running.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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