Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Power steering out and car overheating

asked by on

My power steering went out and then my car overheated, The fan only turns for a second or two and then it shuts off.

A: Hello. When this combination of symptoms co...

Hello. When this combination of symptoms comes up at the same time, it typically indicates that the engine drive belt has broke. When this occurs the water pump and power steering pump will not turn, which will cause other problems. If the belt is there, then it may be loose or there may be a major failure in the engine. If you are going to take it to have it repaired, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to determine what is causing your car’s steering problem and overheating issue.

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: Having trouble with power steering

The only way to diagnose this is to use an external pressure gauge to measure pump pressure at around 1,000 RPM at which point you will see line pressures in the neighborhood of 1,000 PSI. Please note though that the...

Q: White smoke coming from the water pump out of radiator hose outlet

Hi there. Assuming, proper procedure was followed replacing the head gaskets. The original cause for overheating must of been overlooked. The thermostat stuck closed, the radiator restricted, the radiator cooling fan(s) inoperative. The cylinder head and/or cylinder head gasket issue...

Q: Push button won't start car, new battery

This may be related to a couple of different possibilities. You may have a faulty starter relay or possibly a bad ignition starter switch. The starter relay directs power from the battery to the starter solenoid which then engages the...

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 P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
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.