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XV intermitant power steering fault/fail

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Has anyone had issues with the power steering failing on XV? Early 12 plate  - happens on cold start up but seems that it is maybe only when the steering needs bigger input. Will usually clear if I turn off and re-start and make sure I only need to put minimal steering in until we get moving. Very strange. Shows on diagnostics at garage as having failed but it resets fine and last visit to garage it had reset by the time they came to look at it. Getting a little annoying as I'm often parked overnight in the street and need to turn the wheel to get out of parking slot. It makes quite a loud clunk when it fails - resets on restart but fails again if you have to turn the steering more than a minimal amount. 

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When you say fail, do you mean all the warning lights coming on the dash, but steering still working?

We have had this problem on our 11 plate and 13 plate XVs.

As you state, it appears to be most common when you start the car then immediately turn the wheel, certainly I seem to think that starting the car then waiting until all the warning lights (the 3 orange ones) on the dash clear before making any steering input helps.

Hopefully taking an extra 3-5 seconds after starting the car will help solve the issue.

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No. It fails completely with a clunk. Re-sets on restart and if i am able to only turn very slightly it stays on but when moving out of a parking space the steering input often needs to be more firm and it immediately fails fully again. I always wait until all warning lights are out before moving off. Its fine if I can get away with very little steering input and stays fine even when turning sharply after it's got moving. Very strange.

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Oh, that's strange, not heard of that one before I'm afraid. Hopefully some one can help out.

Best of luck.

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Has your XV got electric power steering? (Our 17-reg has, but I don't know about the earlier models as the manual has details for both electric and hydraulic.)

If your battery is getting on a bit then it may be struggling to turn the wheels to full-lock just after turning it over. The manual has some bold print about the electric steering shutting down if overloaded, so it may be worth getting your battery (and / or charging system) checked out before looking down the steering column / rack routes.

Hope it is as simple as this!

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37 minutes ago, SebP10 said:

Has your XV got electric power steering? (Our 17-reg has, but I don't know about the earlier models as the manual has details for both electric and hydraulic.)

If your battery is getting on a bit then it may be struggling to turn the wheels to full-lock just after turning it over. The manual has some bold print about the electric steering shutting down if overloaded, so it may be worth getting your battery (and / or charging system) checked out before looking down the steering column / rack routes.

Hope it is as simple as this!

 

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Brilliant! It is electric power steering and the battery idea makes sense. As far as I know it's the original battery so it may be tired. I don't seem to have the issue once it's been started and run even if I've not used it all day and come back to it later.  I will look into this but it seems a most plausible reason. Thank you. Will post back when I find out more.

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Mine has been picked up at the dealers as a steering control unit. Car two years old same issue?  I see there is a recall in the USA. 

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That’s a worry, particularly if it goes faulty just out of warranty!

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Mine was clearly a low battery issue, especially in cold weather but it clears as soon as the engine has recharged a bit and doesn't reoccur during the day. I will have to replace the 7yr old battery before winter.

A more concerning thing happened with another local XV. They need to access across muddy lanes and the power steering motor is low down and vulnerable to getting a load of crud around it. This guy has had to have the whole rack replaced and Subaru only part was £1200!

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That’s one of the downsides of Subaru ownership, not alone in that, is the cost of servicing and spare parts. I briefly owne d anew first generation Freelander, very expensive cost of ownership.

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