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    Today i was driving to work and when i came to turn a corner my power steering went off and it was like i was driving a tank and heading for the railing so i stopped and when i went to drive off the steering went bk to normal, anyone else had this prob and what can i do to fix it as it was scary and dont want it to happen again, obv thing is the fluid but i checked it and its full??
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    first of all u wanna be checking ur alternator - if the alt is dying, the first thing to go is the PAS as it takes a hell of a lot of juice to run.
    Check the battery too whilst ur at it.

    If all is ok then its very likely to be the pump dying.

    If u have an early mk4 with the TRW Generation 1 pump (slim tall reservoir with a ribbed metal body) then these are a common failure.

    Easy enough to replace (has to be like for like) - ie u cant fit a later Gen2 pump or a Delphi pump without fitting a different steering rack!

    ebay often has them for sale but personally speakin I sourced mine from a remanufacturer as it was supplied with a 3yr guarantee.

    Check the above then report back if u think u could have a dodgy pump. Some owners managed to resolve the problem by renewing the earth & power wires in the harness running from the engine bay to the pump.

    Let me know how u get on and we can take it from there - hopefully its just a simple alternator issue.

    Ive covered this topic a few times in the past so if u do a search for "TRW, Generation, pump, steering etc etc" youll see some useful info.

    HTH

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    thank you, ill look tonight after work
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