Power Steering Froze on my '91 Camry LE.

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Old 02 Jun 2006, 02:35 pm   #1 (permalink)
Bruce K.
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Default Power Steering Froze on my '91 Camry LE.

While she was driving my daughter said that the steerin wheel froze (
couldn't move at all). After she pulled over I told her to push the
button next to the ignition key and then the steering improved. Not
sure if this really corrected the problem. Checked belts and PS fluid.
Seems OK.

Any ideas?

P.S. 249,000 miles.

Bruce
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Old 02 Jun 2006, 03:50 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Bruce K." <bruceaknospam@optonline.net> wrote in message
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> While she was driving my daughter said that the steerin wheel froze (
> couldn't move at all). After she pulled over I told her to push the
> button next to the ignition key and then the steering improved. Not
> sure if this really corrected the problem. Checked belts and PS fluid.
> Seems OK.
>
> Any ideas?
>
> P.S. 249,000 miles.
>
> Bruce


What button is that? If the PS became inoperative or reduced in function,
the easiest things to check first are PS oil-resevoir being the correct
level (not low or empty) and the PS-pump belt tension to check its not
either too loose or oil-fouled and slipping.

If it passes these tests, its time to take the car to a reputable mechanic.

Jason


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Old 02 Jun 2006, 04:58 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"Bruce K." <bruceaknospam@optonline.net> wrote in message
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> While she was driving my daughter said that the steerin wheel froze (
> couldn't move at all). After she pulled over I told her to push the
> button next to the ignition key and then the steering improved. Not
> sure if this really corrected the problem. Checked belts and PS fluid.
> Seems OK.
>

The key is probably worn out like mine. You can pull it out in any position.
But pushing the button normally locks the steering column and lets you get
the key out, it would seem the button had popped itself in although I can't
see how it would happen & hasn't happened to me.


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Old 02 Jun 2006, 09:38 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"jg" <jg@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> "Bruce K." <bruceaknospam@optonline.net> wrote in message
> newsg41825u2vn51rg5j3gsdmddb361qsd0lj@4ax.com...
> > While she was driving my daughter said that the steerin wheel froze (
> > couldn't move at all). After she pulled over I told her to push the
> > button next to the ignition key and then the steering improved. Not
> > sure if this really corrected the problem. Checked belts and PS fluid.
> > Seems OK.
> >

> The key is probably worn out like mine. You can pull it out in any

position.
> But pushing the button normally locks the steering column and lets you get
> the key out, it would seem the button had popped itself in although I

can't
> see how it would happen & hasn't happened to me.


Shit!!! I just realised he meant the steering locked!!! Make sure the key
stays in or better still, get another one cut. When they cut a new key they
make sure any wear is compensated for, and as such the key shouldnt come
out. On the otherhand if the fault lies in the actual locking/button
mechanism, get it repaired quickly. A new assembly from a wreckers or
breakers yard would be the go as new parts would cost a heap.

Jason


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Old 03 Jun 2006, 01:40 am   #5 (permalink)
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"Jason James" <home@work.1.0> wrote in message
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> "jg" <jg@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:9w2gg.2295$ap3.1492@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
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> > "Bruce K." <bruceaknospam@optonline.net> wrote in message
> > newsg41825u2vn51rg5j3gsdmddb361qsd0lj@4ax.com...
> > > While she was driving my daughter said that the steerin wheel froze (
> > > couldn't move at all). After she pulled over I told her to push the
> > > button next to the ignition key and then the steering improved. Not
> > > sure if this really corrected the problem. Checked belts and PS fluid.
> > > Seems OK.
> > >

> > The key is probably worn out like mine. You can pull it out in any

> position.
> > But pushing the button normally locks the steering column and lets you

get
> > the key out, it would seem the button had popped itself in although I

> can't
> > see how it would happen & hasn't happened to me.

>
> Shit!!! I just realised he meant the steering locked!!! Make sure the key
> stays in or better still, get another one cut. When they cut a new key

they
> make sure any wear is compensated for, and as such the key shouldnt come
> out. On the otherhand if the fault lies in the actual locking/button
> mechanism, get it repaired quickly. A new assembly from a wreckers or
> breakers yard would be the go as new parts would cost a heap.
>

Yeah... scarey, but I can't see how that can lock the column - only danger I
can see is losing the key with motor running, can't turn it off or lock the
steering. It's probably the tumbler worn, but one from a wreck would be just
as bad.


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Old 03 Jun 2006, 05:57 am   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Power Steering Froze on my '91 Camry LE.

Sounds like someone not familiar with the car

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