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Old 11-20-2017, 02:39 PM   #1
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2005 ION-2 Quad Coupe
Wrench Steering Issues

Hey guys,

I have a 2005 Saturn Ion Quad Coupe, 2.2l 4cyl.

I have lost steering. This is not a power steering issue as that is still functioning fine.

The issue is, when the car is up on jack stands with no weight on the tires, the steering works fine, but as soon as I lower the car onto it's own weight, the steering no longer works. The wheel will turn, but all it does is make a popping noise and the tires do not move.

I have already replace the intermediate shaft and everything was working fine with it until last night.

The clockspring has been broken for about a year now which does not interfere with the steering, only the cruise and airbag. But this has me stumped, has anyone had this issue before?

Today, I removed the intermediate shaft again to make sure none of the splines were worn out or anything and they all seem fine. I also removed the steering wheel itself and the splines on that are fine as well.

Any idea? I need to get this solved today as I really need the car tomorrow to go to my first day at a new job.

Feel free to ask any questions you need. I am willing to answer anything. Please help. Thanks

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Old 11-20-2017, 06:47 PM   #2
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1-Electric power steering? If yes, did you check for been fuses? There's a 2 amp and 60 amp fuse for EPS (electric power steering).

2-Was this car in an accident with front end damage?

The steering system is made up of mechanical, electric and electronic parts. The steering wheel, shaft, rack and pinion unit with tie rod ends are mechanical and the reason you can turn the steering wheel without engine power while the front end is off the ground. The EPS system is made up of one DC electric motor and electronics under the steering column. Power is supplied thru a 60 amp and 2 amp fuse. It's rare for damage to occur to the steering rack, leaving the EPS system suspect.

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Old 11-21-2017, 10:59 AM   #3
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Thank you for the reply.

Yes, it is electric steering, but I never even though to check the fuses... Never thought to check the most obvious thing first... a fuse.

No, the car has never been in an accident.

I will go and check those fuses as soon as I get home from work. I assume they would be in the fuse box under the hood?

Do you know if there is a way to test the electric motor under the dash? That is the one with the black cover correct?

Thank you for your assistance.

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Yes, the 60 amp EPS fuse is in the engine fuse panel. The 2 amp EPS fuse is on the bcm, under the instrument panel, center console area. There's no way to test the DC motor in place. There is a general service bulletin (search for it) describing electric power steering motors wearing out and replacing them instead of replacing the entire EPS assembly when diagnosis determines a worn out motor and electronics are ok. This type of troubleshooting isn't considered easy for diyers unless several skills are acquired to separate mechanical, electrical or electronic issues. Checking for blown fuses is easy. You already did a partial mechanical check.

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Old 11-22-2017, 02:32 PM   #5
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I know zilch about Ions, but there are Ion-specific forums, too, on saturnfans.

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/for...sprune=-1&f=18

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