Q: Power steering quit and RPMs to Zero

asked by on

While my teen daughter was driving, the power steering quit and the RPMs went down to 0. What is the first step I take to find out what has caused this?

Hello. There are several possible issues that might be causing the problem you are experiencing. The most common possibility is that the power steering belt may have broken. The power steering belt pulleys may have seized up as well. This will prevent the belt from moving which may cause the loss of power steering and RPMs. It is also possible that the timing belt has broken, causing the entire engine to shut down. When/if this happens, the power steering would be first to stop working. It would be a good idea to have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, come and inspect your vehicle’s steering system in order to pinpoint the problem.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Power steering quit and RPMs to Zero

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: Could I be having transmission trouble and alternator trouble?

Hi there. To start with, the lights could be dimming for the alternator is not producing enough amperage. If the battery is good and holds a strong charge, put a load on the battery while the engine is running at...

Q: Loud, hot-rod type sound when driving

Hello. It sounds like the catalytic converter gaskets may be causing a leak in the exhaust system. It is also possible that there is a leak or bad baffle in the muffler. This may be causing the hot-rod sound. It...

Q: Q: Coolant leak.

Hi there. There are a number of areas that the coolant can leak from on your vehicle. If the coolant only leaks when the engine is running then it is typically a water pump. If it is leaking when the...

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 Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...