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Old 19 Nov 2009, 09:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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power steering.... or not.

hi all, noticed today that my power steering seems to struggle when im stationary. it seems fine when im driving, but when stop and put full lock on it shudders and the engine struggles.

could someone please point me in the right direction as to where to check and the sort of price i would expect to sort it.
it a 2000 impreza turbo uk.

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Old 19 Nov 2009, 09:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi, have you the checked fluid level or if the belt is tight enough ?
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Old 19 Nov 2009, 09:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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fluid is ok, but no to the belt
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Old 22 Nov 2009, 09:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: power steering.... or not.

hi mine has been doing the same ,could you tell me where to look for the belt and how do u tighten it .......
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belt is at front of the engine (one on the left) you will see it joins onto your power steering pump (below your fluid filling point)
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hi all, noticed today that my power steering seems to struggle when im stationary. it seems fine when im driving, but when stop and put full lock on it shudders and the engine struggles.

could someone please point me in the right direction as to where to check and the sort of price i would expect to sort it.
it a 2000 impreza turbo uk.

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does it do this before you get to full lock? just because the steering isnt designed to be held in full lock/on its stop and will make the engine struggle. i suspect your pump is on its way out. any whining noise on tickover or when you steer?
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Old 22 Nov 2009, 07:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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no, its when i have to turn the wheels at a stand still it feels notchy and hesitates

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Old 22 Nov 2009, 09:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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does sound like the pump is on its way out, not sure whether the pump has a filter on the inlet someone else may know, if it does maybe just this needs cleaning
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Old 28 Nov 2009, 02:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Re: power steering.... or not.

had a look today and it looks like when you turn the steering wheel the pump seems to stop now and then. as in the cog stops turning for a moment.

does this sound like the pump is on its way out? is it a easy fix?

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You sure your belts tight enough?
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Old 28 Nov 2009, 06:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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is there a way to check? i checked the tension by hand and it seemed ok.
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is there a way to check? i checked the tension by hand and it seemed ok.
how far can you twist the belt also how old is the belt, has it stretched?
Have you tried niping it up a bit see if it helps, as long as you can still twist the belt half a turn its not too tight.
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how do you tighten it? i will check tomorrow.
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http://www.subaru-impreza.org/forum/...-saturday.html
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