Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car lost power steering, leaking coolant.

asked by on

My car has lost power steering and is leaking coolant.

Hello it sounds like you have two problems here. Both of theses should be handled sooner than later. For the power steering the fluid level should be checked and see if the belt is on the pulley. If the fluid level is low, fluid needs to be added and the leak needs to be located. A pump that runs dry can cause internal damage and put metal shavings in the power steering fluid system. With a belt missing, a belt must be installed and cause for the belt failure should be found unless the belt was old and broke. If the belt is on and the fluid level is ok there is a good chance that the pump has failed and will need replacement. A coolant leak can lead to an overheating engine that can lead to a blown head gasket. You will need to enlist the aid of a mechanic who can pressure test the cooling system, and locate the coolant leak and the loss of power steering.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Today I took my 2009 Elantra Touring for an oil and filter change. Driving home after that, both ABS and ESC OFF lights came on.

Hi Caio. The electric stability control (ESC OFF) is illuminated when the ESC has manually been turned off. I'm not sure why an oil service place would turn this function off; however it is recommended to stay active. This can...

Q: what causes noise on power steering when starting car?

A worn power steering pump will make a whining type sound. It usually starts as a whine when cold and diminishes somewhat once warmed up. If the reservoir is full and tehre is no power steering fluid leak, it may...

Q: I need an audio wiring diagram

Hi there. Unfortunately, we're not able to provide this to you since we can't attach documents or display images in this Q & A. Our Ask a Mechanic is intended to answer general automotive inquiries about common repairs, service and...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...