C4 Power Steering Quirk

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gosnoid72
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C4 Power Steering Quirk

Post by gosnoid72 »

C4 2.0 VTS - 54 plate. When the engine is first started, regardless of how long the car has previously been previously running, the power steering does not kick in. Leave it ticking over at idle or with revs and it still does not kick in. Move off, either in neutral or under engine power and it then kicks in after a couple of seconds / a few metres. Turn the engine off and straight back on again and this is repeated, ad infinitum. Anyone come across this before?
Gibbo2286
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Re: C4 Power Steering Quirk

Post by Gibbo2286 »

On the C5 that happened when the battery was down, the starter took all the available power and the power steering was the first to switch out, start it up no power steering let the alternator do its job for a few minutes switch off and start it again and there's enough in the battery to let the pas work.
Check the battery condition.
gosnoid72
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Re: C4 Power Steering Quirk

Post by gosnoid72 »

Thanks for the reply. I have tried charging the battery overnight and starting - no joy; leaving it ticking over for half an hour - no joy; running at 1500 RPM for 5 minutes - no joy. I can go on a 2 hour motorway drive, turn off, turn back on again and still it remains a problem!