Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Power steering problem

asked by on

The other day my power steering went out. I was told to go buy a fuse for it. I did, and my car was working again. BUT this morning it wasn't working again. So i wiggled/pushed on the fuse until my windshield wipers started working again, then i knew my ps would work. Half way to work, my power steering warning light kept coming on, but the car drove fine until i parked it and turned it off. When i came out of work, i didn't have to get out and wiggle the fuse, the car ran fine all the way home, the warning light never came on. I know it has something to do with the fuse port or the entire fuse box/maybe bad connection somewhere? Is there any way i can clean the hole the fuse goes into? The old fuse was really hard to remove, i had to get pliers. But this one comes out without hardly any effort. Could it be the battery making it go hay wire?

My car has 135000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. A fuse is designed to be a distribution device of electricity to individual components. It breaks because of a disruption in the flow of electricity from the alternator (if the vehicle is running) or the battery (if the engine’s shut off) to the device. After reviewing your question, it appears you might have an electrical issue - either in the fuse box, a relay, or with your power steering control valve that is causing this issue to happen frequently. I suggest that you contact a professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to diagnose the electrical issue and follow through with repairs.

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: Steering wheel hard to turn after alternator replacement

Have the system scanned to see what is causing the light to turn on first. The low voltage conditions might have caused the problem and would need diagnosis of the code to fix the issue. Your power steering pump may...

Q: vibration and shaking at idle. also very loud and noisy engine. replaced all motor mounts, spark plug components, and intake syste

Often noise is related to exhaust system leaks or internal failures in the exhaust such as loose baffles in the muffler. To rule out accessory drives and pulleys as a source of noise what you can do is momentarily run...

Q: Paint chipping off all over the hood and bumpers

The paint on your car is a multiple layer paint process that starts with bare metal cleaning and prep then a primer coat. The primer coat is suppose to stick well to bare metal and also allow the color coat...

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...
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...
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.