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My car wont start

Can a leaky power steering cause your car to not start?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    1st, do you have any trouble codes stored, check these before you buy any parts, if it is a crank sensor code go to the dealer & buy a crank sensor, undo the 10 mm bolt that holds the sensor in ...... Un-plug the sensor ........ pull it out, slide new one in, bolt up ...... Plug in the new sensor & see if that cures the issue, these are not cheap so do your testing 1st, don't throw parts at the problem, if you are not sure take it to the dealer, it will save money in the long run, and frustration.



    Take your Vin # so the dealer can give you the correct sensor

    Let me know what happens

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No, a leaky pump will not cause a no start.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008

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