I was driving home 2 days ago (mind you I have a
ford expedition 2000 I live in Vegas and its
extremely hot) getting off a 30 minute drive from
the free way when my steering wheel locked. I
pulled over and my car was still on I could brake
and use the gas. I turned my car off and on and the
steering wheel was still locked. Then as I went to
back up in my parking space ( at this point I know I
was straining the wheel to turn) white smoke
comes from under the hood and brown fluid was
leaking everywhere. (It had a weird odor) I pop the
hood and notice it came from the coolant, what the
hell happen? How do I unlock my steering wheel?
Should I tow it to the shop or see if it can drive it if I
add new coolant and find a way to unlock the
i thought about this and thought since you may have a coolingsysten issur..needs service...so the wheel is turning hard..due to no power steering or what...cant say..have it tower to someplace you know or ask a friend....the question here is the wheel isnt really locked right?
flush the radiator..inspect the power steering box/fluid holder and hoses..add fluid...was it low????
Overheating and the loss of power steering? I would guess the serpentine belt broke, Or something broke to make it fall off. Tensioner, idler pulley waterpump?
Well my coolant reservoir is cracked, all the fluid leaked out on to the street. I can replace the reservoir (the crack can be seen in the pic) but it doesnt help that my steering wheel is locked. All other fluids are good and the battery as well
The only thing I can come up with is that the hot coolant must have found its way to the pulleys to make the P/S belt slip enough to disengage the power steering. I'm sure the pressure built up in the overflow bottle while overheating to burst . Why the steering wheel locked while it was still running is beyond me. Will the key come out of the ignition?
Upon closer inspection I realized it was the belt, it had been ripped and tarnished, I shall replace that and the reservoir as soon as friday. Thank you for your responses they were extraordinarily helpful
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