Catastrophic power steering failure

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D9406
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Catastrophic power steering failure

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Driving my car yesterday all was good until i entered a roundabout and car didn't want to turn, steering was fairly heavy. next roundabout it was heavier and next roundabout it was obvious I had no power steering left.
Checked fluid resevoir and found it empty, lots of fluid along bottom of car back of front subfr4ame very wet and dripping.
What could have caused this failure in such a short space of road, prior to this there had been no warnings or any heaviness in steering. If seals had gone I'd have thought a gradual loss of fluid so possibly ruptured pipes to the rack?
It's too wet this weekend to get out underneath the car so it can wait, how hard is it to replace the rack? some say drop the subframe and others have wiggled it out so maybe try both methods.
Andy
1999 406 HDi 2.0 110 GTX Estate. 48k when bought, now 150K. Second owner, I've covered over 100k in it.
Clutch changed @110k, bottom pulley changed, cam belt changed, EGR blanked, cat removed, front springs changed.
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Re: Catastrophic power steering failure

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Yes, more likely to be a ruptured line. Not cheap at all from the dealer's so you'd probably be better off at the breaker's.
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D9406
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Re: Catastrophic power steering failure

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Thanks Steve,
Has anyone got a picture from the parts software showing pipes etc?
Andy
1999 406 HDi 2.0 110 GTX Estate. 48k when bought, now 150K. Second owner, I've covered over 100k in it.
Clutch changed @110k, bottom pulley changed, cam belt changed, EGR blanked, cat removed, front springs changed.
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Re: Catastrophic power steering failure

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Unfortunately the rules on servicebox have changed.

Your best bet is trawling through old post's that have servicebox diagrams linked.
2002 110 HDi estate, Rapier in monaco blue! ( found quite a bit more power :cheesy: ) for sale
1999 3.0 V6 SE coupe in Diablo Red ( my baby ) sold
2006 206 1.4 16v sport in Aegean blue ( wife's shopping trolley :roll: )

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Re: Catastrophic power steering failure

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as an update, the part that failed was the return pipe from the steering box. Steering rack heatshield had worked loose and cut through the metal pipe causing the fluid to escape.
Part required is now unobtanium from Peugeot.
Andy
1999 406 HDi 2.0 110 GTX Estate. 48k when bought, now 150K. Second owner, I've covered over 100k in it.
Clutch changed @110k, bottom pulley changed, cam belt changed, EGR blanked, cat removed, front springs changed.
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