O3 saturn vue power steering works when it wants!!!
I own a 03 Saturn vue. When I start to vue up and I move the steering wheel the power steering some time dose not work. The steering wheel is HARD to move left or right. There is no funny noises. The vue sound normal. What is the most like thing that is wong with my vue??? Plesae help if you can.
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Did you disconnect the PS lines of the rack and pinion? Raise the front tires off the ground and fill the PS reservoir. Turn the steering wheel at least 10 times left and right till it stops(purge the air). Check the reservoir, fill as necessary. Do this twice. Then start the car and turn it again back and forth. Seems fine, check the reservoir again. Take a road test. Good, done. Not good let me know.
your vechicle has the electronic power steering.which is controlled by power steering module the power steering module receive information from the torque sensors in steering wheel and vechicle speed sensor.when speeds are slowest the steering input that tracks the amount of power assist.THIS TYPE POWER STEERING UNIT DEALERSHIP FIX NEED DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT TO WORK ON THEM.
My 2004 Saturn Vue had the same problem. I thought the ignition had to be changed and I drove the Vue a long time with the key hard to turn and pushing it in before turning it. I mentioned it to a Saturn Dealer mechanic while having warranty work done. He told me a new key had to be made using the key code (located on the inside panel on the driver door). They made it and it totally fixed the problem. I think any GM dealer can do that for you.
There is a TSB for your complaint from Saturn: Here's the jist of it.
Condition: Some customers may comment on a squeak or squeal noise coming from the base of the steering column while turning vehicle. Cause: The squeak or squeal noise may be caused by insufficient lubrication of the intermediate steering shaft-to rubberboot- contact area. you may be able to get it warrantied through saturn. this is the TSB # #03-02-34-002
i am a saturn tech and ive never heard of this concern,the columns do go bad but they just set a ses light and cut out power,the column could be bad,it could also be the intermediate shaft u joint binding,,,i rec take to dealer, could be serious
mine did the same thing. Where the steering column goes through the firewall (floor) there is a rubber seal. That seal has gotten dry. Apply a small amount of lube where the shaft goes through and turn the steering wheel. This helped eliminate my squeal.
It was very likely that the problem turning the key was due to the steering column lock mechanism. Sometimes when you lock the steering wheel, if you the mechanism will bind up, making it difficult to unlock the ignition with the key. Often when this happens, you will be parked on a hill with your wheels agains a curb or some such item. Once you turn the wheel hard to the right (or left), the pressure is released on the locking mechanism, and the key will turn easily. This is a similar situation to what can happen in an automatic if you park on a hill without the parking brake. try doing this: pop the off the circle piece around the ignition and the holster cover under the steering wheel. that ought to work.