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    Battery Light comes on and Power Steering Stops at same time? (MK4 Diesel)

    I started my Car The other week but found the steering was very tough and the battery light was on, after about 5 mins driving down the road the light went off and the power steering worked fine. This happened a few times, but know the light stays on and the power steering will not work at all either .

    I now have to charge my battery every couple of days (this indicates that the Alternator has gone) but does this have a link to the Power steering? I took it to the Garage and they said that the Alternator and battery are Dead but never mentioned any fault with my power steering (i find it hard to believe they went at the same time).

    anybody got any advice.

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    Exact thing happened to my 1998 mk4 1.6 8v, it was the alternator on mine, so i persume this is your problem.
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    The power steering pump in the Astra is electrically driven, so if the alternator is not running then the powersteering doesn't operate.
    If the garage has said the alternator has died then the extra drain on your battery, especially if you have let it go flat several times, may have killed the battery as well. How old is it?
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