I'm posting in this section in the vain hope that someone has some knowhow on the problem with myG, as posting in the chassis section has got me nowhere,and the problem is getting worse! (mods feel free to delete/move this one if this is inappropriate)
basically i've been having steering problems with my 2001 1.6 sxi ever since the south wales/south west RR day. My steering is intermittently heavy then light, with a slight bias towards being heavier turning right. it feels vague and all over the place. and seems to get tight and heavy at random.
garage replaced alternator as they said the old one wasnt holding voltage (if i dry steered parked up the headlights would dim out,also if i turned HU on).
280 pounds later and that didnt fix the problem. Whats worse is i wonder if there was even anything wrong with the alternator,or if some other electrical problem was making it appear knackered,cos the new one behaves in exactly the same way (headlights dim when drysteering still)
then garage replace power steering pump with one i bought second hand off ebay. 130 pounds later and it hasnt fixed the problem.
So, thats alternator and PAS pump ruled out as causes, but...
Was pulling out of the drive this evening and stalled the car by accident, went to turn it over and it started fine, but with no power steering for about 15-20 seconds!! cue me sat in the road like a pillock wondering why my steering has completely died.
So going on the above, what on earth is wrong with my car? it handles unpredictably and badly, and the problem is showing no signs of going away. TBH its making me want rid of it after dropping nearly 400 quid and having no resolution.
Could i be looking at some sort of electrical fault? ive never had the EML or battery lights flash up (yet). and the car seems to be running fine aside from this steering thing.
So, i humbly beg, has anyone got any ideas? i'm all out and seriously can't afford to throw more money away on replacing parts needlessly. I even wonder if theres any link to the problem starting just after having the car RR'd.