Last post on Oct 23, 2011 at 7:53 PM
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Subaru Legacy, Steering
#26 of 27 power stearing
Oct 23, 2011 (5:44 am)
So my power steering has been making noises the last few weeks when i turn to the left. Well this am i was heading to work and it was cold out side and it mad a loud squeaking noise and then after i made my third turn this morning i noticed the my break light and battery light came on on the dash board, I also smelled like a burning smell and i had no power steering. any thoughts?? thanks
#27 of 27 Re: power stearing [lloydfire]
Oct 23, 2011 (7:53 pm)
Sounds like it could be the steering rack, which is a serious problem. This is what happened to my Impreza wagon at only 7K miles.
Initially with power steering problems, you will only hear noise (and shaking) when the car is cold, and when you turn to extremes. Later, more stuff happens more often.
If you've lost power steering, and lights are on, this really sounds like an urgent situation. It might be unsafe to even drive the car. I ended up getting my car towed using the Subaru 24 hour roadside assist to the closest dealer. It was easy. No hassle, no problem, no charge.
[I had waited until my car was un-driveable because I kept thinking it was 1) my imagination, or 2) I'd take it to the dealer and they would say #1]
One quick thing you can check is the power steering fluid level, if you're able. My car had no fluid left after the rack had broken.
Good luck, be safe, and let us know how things work out