Why is power steering not working?

Asked by Jan 06, 2014 at 04:00 PM about the 2014 Subaru Forester

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It is sub zero and the power steering stopped working.. A light came on with an
exclamation point...what do we do?

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Check to see if the belt is still on, and see if the belt is tight enough so it doesn't slip.

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Apparently it`s a problem that subaru has with this electronic power steering system. You will need to get it replaced. My friend had this problem too in sub zero, he was stuck and couldn`t safely drive it. This is a fail from subaru.

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My 2014 Forester 2.5i Limited Edition also suffers from intermittent steering wheel locking problems. This problem occurs mostly after the car is parked for 6 hours or more. When I turn on the ignition (in Parking gear), the steering wheel will NOT move. I sometimes need to turn off the ignition 3-4 times to get the steering wheel moving again.

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Just had the power steering module replaced in my 2014 Forester due to repeated failure of the power steering upon starting. Temperatures were not below freezing when this began to happen. Dealer was responsive and the repair was covered under warranty.

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Gee when my power steering was acting up all I had to do was put some power steering fluid in..Hmmmm, interesting no one has mentioned that.

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In the summer I noticedon't my power steering tightnng up but it was mino and went away once I got driving. Once the cold started esp 20 degrees it is much worse. I let the car warm up and it improves. I park parallel all the time so I thought it was that direction when I back up and turn left but it seems now driving it is tightning on the right also. It still pretty much goes away after a few Mike's of driving but each times seems to be getting worse. My mechanic has 2x ckd the belt and the fluid and they are fine. I'm hoping there is a simpler answer than replacing the pump. Anyone have ideas to help?

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2004 Legacy Outback, replaced power steering pump four times, hoses and rack..still having issues! Very frustrating and I can afford to put it in the shop again!! Apparently they dont replace pump with new ones Ever so they go easily ;( Its bad enough the air bags arent safe but neither is my steering!

also its above freezing where i live..

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