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Hello all,

The power steering failed on my 2006 Saab 9-3, 1.9 Tdi, 120. I had a new electric power steering pump fitted, but after about a week the power steering failed again.

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I have brought it back to the garage, they fitted another new pump but still have no power steering? All the fuses have been checked, and other test carried out but they are still struggling to find the problem?

Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated,

Thanks in advance.
 

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What's your battery charge level like? I had a problem recently that when my battery was quite low the power steering would fail due to lack of charge in the battery.

Once it was charged up again at 12.69V (full charge), it has been fine ever since. Worth checking out the state of your battery. Anywhere near the 12V mark and you're almost empty. When mine completely went it was 11.89V - dead battery. Recharged overnight at home, all good the next day.
 

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Hi mate,

Had a new battery fitted not to long ago, so cant see it being that. Will get the garage to double check it.

Thanks anyway!

Can anyone else help?
 

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Hi all,

thanks for the replies! All the wires, fuses etc has been checked and there is still no joy!

Can anyone think of anything else?

Thanks.
 

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is car at dealer or indy..
 

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Its at an Indy mate.

They are thinking it must be the steering rack, as changed pump and tried everything else?

Any help is really appreciated, thanks!
 

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does the tech2 see the ehps unit
 

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Re: Saab 9-3 Power steering failure, please help!

Hi. I know this is an old thread, but did you find a solution?


My Power steering failed last week, previous to that I had a failure in the stability control,I had the car four wheel aligned in the hopes that that problem would sort itself out, have not had the codes read or cleared. I am a little worried that the solution of the garage will be entire new system when it may be sensor problem, any advice welcome, will be able to get proper look at situation next Saturday and will have access then to code reader...

Is the pump available spurious, is it hard to fit, can it be removed and tested by a mere mortal?7

car is a 2007 1.9 150 vector sportswagon 170k mls
 

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I know this is an old thread but it still comes up on a search for Saab power steering problems
9/10ths of the issues with the electric steering pump vehicles are that the windscreen drain hole is directly above the steering column UJ, this eventually washes the grease out, the steering very gradually becomes heavier until the point the electric pump gets the hump and cuts itself out.
To fix, spray the UJ liberally with WD40, working the steering (as best you can) back and forth, repeat the process then leave it for 20 mins or so to soak in, then go out to the car, give it another dousing and put the key in the ignition and start it up.....most of the time this is it cured (and you'll be amazed how light the steering now is).
Then, get a piece of 30mm pipe with an elbow in it and silicon it in the drain hole, so it trickles an inch or two closer to the inner wing.
Once it's all sorted, buy some grease and liberally paste the UJ....and you should be golden
 

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I know this is an old thread but it still comes up on a search for Saab power steering problems
9/10ths of the issues with the electric steering pump vehicles are that the windscreen drain hole is directly above the steering column UJ, this eventually washes the grease out, the steering very gradually becomes heavier until the point the electric pump gets the hump and cuts itself out.
To fix, spray the UJ liberally with WD40, working the steering (as best you can) back and forth, repeat the process then leave it for 20 mins or so to soak in, then go out to the car, give it another dousing and put the key in the ignition and start it up.....most of the time this is it cured (and you'll be amazed how light the steering now is).
Then, get a piece of 30mm pipe with an elbow in it and silicon it in the drain hole, so it trickles an inch or two closer to the inner wing.
Once it's all sorted, buy some grease and liberally paste the UJ....and you should be golden

Is this a LHD or RHD car though? I presume the drain hole is always in the same place.
 

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Is this a LHD or RHD car though? I presume the drain hole is always in the same place.
Right Hand Drive, so probably doesn't affect LHD cars....though the wipers I believe are differently mounted, so the drain tray thingy might also be reversed....though the odds are it'd miss, worth a check.
Same system as a Vectra which doesn't drain there at all so doesn't suffer with the issue.
My 05 9-3 Vector locked up outside my house this afternoon which is why this is all fresh in my mind, I couldn't work out what the hell had happened, no leaks, fuse OK etc.
The steering struck me as a bit cumbersome, but it creeps on gradually, it's much lighter now lol
 

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Update
It didn't work for long, I've got a Saab specialist about half a mile from my house mercifully, he's buying me in the terminal pins for the electrical connector on top of the steering pump, in the meantime I'm having to give the wire a wiggle occasionally
 
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