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Old 10-21-2016, 01:16 PM   #1
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Default 2003 Vue - Power Steering Stops

Hey Saturn Fans!

The power steering on my 2003 Vue goes out intermittently while driving. I hear a soft "click" sound coming from under the steering column and it's out.

To restore it, I need to stop, shut the engine off, and restart. I hear the soft "click" sound again and off I go until it happens again. 1-2 minutes moving slow and up to 15 minutes moving at faster speeds.

A friend said it was a bad power steering assist or a short. Rough dirt roads where I live. Any suggestions/recomendations would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Jeff

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Old 10-21-2016, 02:05 PM   #2
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Presuming you're driving a 3.0L V6 (fwd or awd?), your all electric power steering system uses a regular 65 amp dc brushed motor and electronics for control. There's an industry article describing inherent issues with brushed motors and controllers. Try searching using Google or within these forums (I posted a link to the article) as background info. Other than service manual descriptions, there may be few posts about problems related to electric power steering and any common issues. Did you find any info on electric power steering issues and if there are common problems with solutions? My guess is this is a new area with similar issues for any model using electric power steering with differences in electrical, electronic and the type of electric motor used. My limited knowledge was discovering one of the first electric power steering systems may go as far back as the 2000 Honda S2000. One problem was the motor wore out. For whatever reason, electric steering didn't replace hydraulic assisted steering for many years, possibly due to reliable electronics and wear and tear of brushed electric dc motors.

There are error codes too but they're 'C' prefixed and not likely to decoded by generic readers. You can try but don't count on any reader to display 'C' codes if any are stored in your Vue.

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Default Re: 2003 Vue - Power Steering Stops

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Hey Saturn Fans!

The power steering on my 2003 Vue goes out intermittently while driving. I hear a soft "click" sound coming from under the steering column and it's out.

To restore it, I need to stop, shut the engine off, and restart. I hear the soft "click" sound again and off I go until it happens again. 1-2 minutes moving slow and up to 15 minutes moving at faster speeds.

A friend said it was a bad power steering assist or a short. Rough dirt roads where I live. Any suggestions/recomendations would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Jeff
Jeff ... power steering is powered by connection at under-hood fuse block.

There'll be a terminal stud on one end of box which has two large red wires ... one goes to battery positive terminal and the other goes to a small box which houses the power steering 80 amp fuse.

It would be worthwhile to check this connection - (1) for corrosion (white dust) and (2) make sure the nut on stud is nice and tight.

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Old 10-22-2016, 03:00 AM   #4
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Default Re: 2003 Vue - Power Steering Stops

Thanks, Guys! It is a 3.0L V6 AWD. I haven't researched into the problem much. Thought I would check here first for a solution. I'm going to try Grumpy's suggestions and get back to you. Would be nice is it were just a loose wire of nut.

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Old 11-13-2016, 02:15 AM   #5
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Default Re: 2003 Vue - Power Steering Stops

Hey Grumpy - checked the connections today as you suggested and evrrything looks fine - no issues with the connections. Any suggestions going forward?

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