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    Power Steering 'Failure'

    Today on the journey home from work the steering became very heavy as if the power steering had failed. When I switched off and started up again it was fine. Is this a problem anyone is aware of?
    Pepper is a 54 reg Roadster with trip computer & comfort pack, only extra is it was re-mapped (Anton Digital) at the Brooklands event, things have been (more than) fine since though.
    Champagne Charlie
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    its much better without the power steering anyways!
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    Ooooo, thats a new problem to me, not one ive had to experience fortunately.

    Check all the connections around the power steering, something may have just come a bit loose
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    Power steering fluid??
    I just had a problem on another car with a leak on the pipe going to the power steering reservior

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubble160207 View Post
    Power steering fluid??
    I just had a problem on another car with a leak on the pipe going to the power steering reservior
    I believe that the smart PS is electric, not fluid based ??

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    I'll check under the steering column cos the funny thing is I noticed, just before the problem that the plastic cover under the steering column was loose and I popped it back in place. Pepper has recently had a service and MOT so I guess it had been left a bit loose after accessing the diagnostic port - maybe I knocked a connector?

    Quote Originally Posted by bubble160207 View Post
    Power steering fluid??
    I just had a problem on another car with a leak on the pipe going to the power steering reservior
    The steering assist is definitely electric. I worked at the factory that makes one of the gears used in the electric steering, you wouldn't believe the quantity made. Not just used in Smarts but allsorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperStevie View Post
    its much better without the power steering anyways!
    I suppose you are right, strange to get a bit of feeling through the steering wheel! Bit heavy when parking though - to think all cars used to be like that or even worse!!
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    I stand corrected - said the man with the club foot

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    in the passengers foot well beneath the breakdown kit is the 'Power steering control unit', from the control unit is an earth that is bolted to the body only a few inches from the it. Check that the earth is tight. It's unlikely but worth checking.

    You wouldn't have knocked anything by refitting the trim as there is nothing there to disturb. Its probably an electrical issue and you'll need to visit a dealer to fix the fault.

    Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anon View Post
    in the passengers foot well beneath the breakdown kit is the 'Power steering control unit'
    Any idea where it is on a Roadster?

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