2003 Santa Fe steering locking up

Discussion in 'Hyundai Santa Fe' started by Chase733, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. Chase733

    Chase733 Guest

    I have experienced the steering locking up twice on my 2003 Santa Fe,
    22000 mi. I drove thru accumulated water on the road during a storm.
    The water was about 2-3 inches deep and my speed was reduced to approx
    20-25 mph. I was going into a left turn and the steering wheel felt
    extremely tight like old manual steering used to feel like. Almost
    felt like it would have taken both hands pulling to actually turn the
    wheel. After 10-15 seconds the steering responded back and all was
    normal. I have checked the steering fluid and levels are fine. Any
    idea what is causing this? What do I need to do besides the obvious
    (not driving thru water), which is not practical.
    Chase733, Sep 19, 2005
  2. What you describe is not what I would call "locking up". It sounds like
    your power steering belt is loose and the water caused it to slip,
    reducing pressure in the system and increasing the effort in the
    steering wheel. Check the belt tension.
    Brian Nystrom, Sep 19, 2005
  3. Chase733

    afob3 Guest

    I also have an 03 but have not experienced this scenario.

    However, I did experience it quite often with a Ford Ranger I used to
    own so perhaps the explanation is the same. On the Ranger when taking
    Right turns in deep puddles (not as deep as you described) there was a
    gap in the wheel well that allowed water to spray all over the steering
    pump belt. All that water caused the belt to slip so the pump
    momentarilly stops working giving that manual turning feeling. All
    would be fine after a moment or two when the belt got some grip on the
    pump again.

    Since I never had this in my Santa Fe nor have I heard of it over at
    the santafeforum.net I would check inside each of the front wheel wells
    to be sure the plastic linings are still in place to keep water away
    from the steering pump and belts.

    Hope this helps
    afob3, Sep 19, 2005
  4. Chase733

    Jody Guest

    water getting on the belt maybye making it slip ie : no hydraulic assist.
    no noise from belt because water acts as a lubricant..??
    Jody, Sep 19, 2005
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