Faulty Power Steering
2004 Vauxhall Meriva 1.6

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LadyMelody
Driver
1 points

Problem added: Aug 18, 2021 (1 month ago)
The power steering has begun turning itself on while I am driving. The only way to 'unlock' it is to stop as quickly as I can, turn the engine off, and then restart the car. Having arthritic hands, it is very difficult for me to steer to the kerbside to do this, and I'm worried that I may end up having an accident.
Is it likely that it is the power steering itself that is faulty, or could it be a problem with the ECU?
Car: Vauxhall Meriva
Variant: 1.6
Model Year: 2004
Category: Electrics, ECU, Warnings & Lights
Steering, Suspension, Brakes, Wheels & Tyres
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whittingehame
Legend
21,202 points

Aug 18, 2021 (1 month ago)
It could be your power steering that is on the way out , but as I believe it is EPAS steering on that car ( not 100% sure on that year ) it could be a low battery or alternator not charging correctly . This often happens with the battery getting low if not used too often and for short journeys .You could get your battery and alternator LOAD tested at the likes of Halfords , usually while you wait and often F.O.C .
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