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I have a 2009 RX8 R3 w/20,000 miles on it. Just started it to go get gas and out of no where the power steering stopped working. Yellow steering wheel light w/! Is on. WTF? I know how to drive without power steering but what if this happens during a spirited drive. Tried reseting it by unplugging battery. Had to reset my traction control but still no power steering.

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One of two things have happened:

  1. Your power steering pump went out and needs to be replaced or,
  2. The drive belt that controls the PS pump broke
The RX8 has only two drive belts so if they are both fine and none are broken then it meant that the PS pump itself has went out and needs to be replaced.

Let me know what you think and dont forget to rate the solution.

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Posted on Apr 05, 2011

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    Kelly Comstock Apr 16, 2011

    NIce. That was your problem wasn't it...


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You have to take the car to an expert Mazda RX-8 mechanics. The power steering is electric. There is no hydraulics fluids in the system.
The lights come on for different problems. First it could be a problem with the electric power steering gear power. Second a problem with the power steering module or a problem with the harness. The gear power and the module are very expensive. Take care.

Posted on Jan 09, 2013


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