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power steering light on but...

ive got a bit of a wierd problem lol, my power steering light has come on but the steering still feels as good as ever and ideas
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Re: power steering light on but...

Hi, charge battery,take it for a good run if its been standing or replace if its old, electrically operated power steering so draws a fair amount of current,power steering light will come on because it senses a drop in power & when temperatures outside drop more demands are put on the battery which needs to be in top condition.
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Re: power steering light on but...

Battery is only needed when the engine is ticking over - at low revs the generator wont be making enough power to drive everything.

In cold weather just after starting the engine perhaps with heated window and light etc, a weak battery can struggle enough to affect the power steering.

Get it tested with a proper battery stress tester. Replace if its weak and get the best spec you can. The extra few s are good insurance.

If the power steering is failing a reconditioned exchange power steering column is about 180 plug and play with 2 years warranty.
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Re: power steering light on but...

Make Sure that your battery is giving enough juice
Cold Morning kill Car batteries - and if the Voltage/Amps aren't enough the PowerSteering wont startup when the car starts up

Also check all the wires going into the ECU Give them a little clean and hopefully it should behave

I found also Moisture Makes the whole ECU/Motor System display faults

I'd definatly Try heating the ecu and Motor up carefully with a hairdrier on, i left some silica packets around that area too - be surprised how the cold air from outside gets down there.....

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My car is parked outside but no damp inside. Check there are no rust holes in the floor and the poly films behind both door cards are unbroken.
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cheers lads, but i dnt think its the battery cos it had a full charge when i come bad off holiday and it a massive battery 1 id find on a transit van lol
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Re: power steering light on but...

Mine did exactly the same but i found that after taking my car for a couple of long runs the light stopped coming on and is now working fine again.

This is quite a common problem with Puntos of this age and i woudnt wory unless you start lossing you power stearing while driving.
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This is quite a common problem with Puntos of this age and i woudnt wory unless you start lossing you power stearing while driving.
thats wot i was thinking mate
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Mine did it. replaced the batttery and all good since
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Re: power steering light on but...

If the battery is on its way out - Recharging it with a mains charger thing Wont make it better
The Battery still wont give out enough juice even when you charge it up

New Good Quality Battery Is a MUST

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done around 100 miles 2day and light has not been on how wierd lol
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done around 100 miles 2day and light has not been on how wierd lol
Could be a dodgey Connection
A good run can sometimes mask the Light coming on for a while
If the light Comes on more frequently / regulary Then I'd suggest a Battery change

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