02 Santa Fe: Steering hard after going through deep puddle
I'm trying to figure out what happens when I go through deep puddles in my 02 Santa Fe. It's as if the steering wheel locks up and won't let me pull the completely around a turn but then I go a little further and everything goes back to normal. And it only seems to happen after going through semi-deep puddles where I have to slow down quite a bit (say, at a stop sign). Sometimes, it makes it squeaking noise when I turn the wheel while this is all happening, too. But, when it all goes back to normal everything is fine.
Could this possibly be my belt, which I just replaced at the end of last summer? Or something completely different? Any suggestions will help!
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I've seen it happen many times on the older Caravans, if you hit a really deep puddle, the splash can knock the accessory drive belt off of its pulleys. You can just gently pry the belt back on, consult a service manual for detailed installation directions.
the crank pulleys (also called a harmonic dampener) on these vehicle are a fairly common failure. as they begin to break apart, the pulley will begin to have a wobble as the engine runs, causing the drive belts that power your alternator, power steering, etc to loosen off. when the belts then get wet, combined with being loose, they will slip, causing your accessories not to work. hope this was helpful!
have you checked under the hood ? to check if the drivebelt/s for power steering pump is there and if your engine is diesel the power servo pump may be same belt ? hence loss of both these functions? as you say going thro puddles?? deep ? could have caused belt to come off it will be obvious to see if belt is not there ? hope this helps
That's caused by the water getting on the P/S drivebelt allowing it to slip till it dries off. If the shields are in place under the front of the engine, then the only thing you can do is to avoid deep water or be ready for the hard steering when you must go through water. It happens to some extent on just about every car.