Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Brakes and steering wheel quit working - 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

asked by on

My car has gone 117,000 miles. The other day while I was pulling from the driveway, the steering wheel and the brakes quit working. Both parts failed simultaneously without any warning. There were no dash lights on, no unusual noises. I checked the belt and it looks fine. I checked all the fluids. They look fine and are at proper levels. What might be the cause?

A: Hello. Your truck uses a hydro boost system...

Hello. Your truck uses a hydro boost system to run the power steering system and brake booster. This means that the hydro booster controls both the systems when the hydro booster fails there will be no brakes and no power steering. Replacement of the hydro booster will fix your problem. Have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, assist you with this repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Spark plug issue

Hello. There are thread insert processes and kits available to repair this sort of thing. Sometimes, this can even be done without removing the cylinder head. Helicoil and EZ-coil are 2 choices. How far you go to preserve the...

Q: My 2003 Honda Civic motor car, when I put it reverse and turn the steering all the way to the right or to the left the steering bounces.

Hi there. Check the rubber bushings on the rack and pinion system. The bolts are either loose or the bushing are broken causing the rack to move back and forth when turning as your wheels are on pavement. To check...

Q: Need part name to be able to order on eBay

There are a couple of different pieces under the cross member. One is a skid plate and the other is a cross member beam. The skid plate does not really enforce anything but is there rather to prevent things from...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.