Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: EPS light

asked by on

my EPS light came on when I put my high beams on the radio went off and all of my warning indicator lights on the dash came on like they do when you first turn the key on but the motor was still running, the steering was very hard. As soon as I pulled over and stepped on the gas everything went back to normal and I drove home. I need to know if the EPS resets itself or is there a problem with my EPS system. I have not had this problem again.

My car has 158178 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. The EPS light comes on when the computer detects an issue with the vehicle’s electronic power steering system. If the computer detects an issue with the system it will set off the warning light to notify the driver of the issue, as well disable the system to prevent the risk of possible damage to the components. This is the reason why your steering wheel suddenly became hard to turn when the light came on. If the issue went away after you pulled over and has not returned since then it is possible that there was only a momentary malfunction. If the light is now gone and the power steering has returned then that is a sign that the EPS is functioning correctly and does not need to be reset. You may be able to scan the computer for possible stored codes that may shed some light on what the issue was, however even those will disappear on their own after the vehicle has been driven enough.

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: Power steering not working in a 2002 Cadillac Escalade

Once the power steering fluid level drops beneath a certain point, the pump doesn't have enough fluid to supply a good power assist for the steering system. The pumps main seal behind the pulley could be leaking. Also the pressure...

Q: what do i need to do when my tire pressure, electric steering and vehicle stability lights come on

Due to the impact of another vehicle hitting your car, there may be several things wrong that may or may not be visible such as the wheel speed sensors. Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of...

Q: 2011 Nissan Sentra pulled to left we took it in shop they replaced left front bearing and aligned it.. 5 days later it still pull

Hi there. A pull to the left can be caused by a few different things: tires and bent/broken suspension components, brake calipers sticking, and/or wheel bearings. I would have to have to know a few things like was the bearing...

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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.