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Old 30th April 2008, 10:39   #1
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Default Power steering issue in my Swift VDI

Folks,

I am facing sudden loss of power in power steering when I am slowing in 4th gear and I press the clutch to down shift. This loss of power though is just for a fraction of a second.

1. Is there a major issue?
2. Have any of you faced similar problems?
3. What is the best way to inform the service adviser of this issue? (I am nearing my 4th service schedule and would like to get this highlighted to the service adviser ).

Your advise is much appreciated.
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Old 30th April 2008, 11:12   #2
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oh oh oh... One more "The Reliable" Swift with an issue.

DieselFan, If I am right, all Maruti;s come with EPS and not hydraulic PS. In that case there should be no direct link between the engine;s power and the Steering (as would be the case in the Brake system). This may mean some issue with the EPS system, electricals, electronics, etc etc. Give some more description of your car and its history includings Tyre Mods, rims mods, accidents (if any), rough/good roads usage.
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Old 30th April 2008, 11:19   #3
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Yes Swift d comes with a EPS.

No Mods done on the car. The car did have a ECU issue initially which maruti replaced. This was an year back. No accidents. Road usage is on good roads and mostly highways (an FE of >20 kmpl is evidence to this).
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At what speed you are facing this issue?
AFAIK the EPS cuts of at a particulat speed ie its not functional at higher speeds.
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have not had that happen in any of our EPS cars 3 from maruti, 1 from hyundai.

what happens when you say you lose power steering?
does the steering go completely rigid and become almost impossible to turn, like when you switch off the engine?
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what happens when you say you lose power steering?
does the steering go completely rigid and become almost impossible to turn, like when you switch off the engine?

Yes the steering goes rigid for a fraction of a second and then I get it back.
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Check the fuse for the EPS. May be faulty.
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Kuttapan,

Nothing wrong with the fuse. EPS works fine all the while except once in a while it freezes for a fraction of a second. I was not able to simulate the condition to Maruti hence was not corrected during my service. It happens very infrequently (Once in a fortnight. Now even less) and only for a fraction of a second.
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this had happened to me twice while driving but both these times my engine had turned off and this issue had occured... may be because of bad clutch timing by me... So as far as i know if there is some power loss in between to the EPS in the form of your engine shutting down suddenly etc then it happens....
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this had happened to me twice while driving but both these times my engine had turned off and this issue had occured... may be because of bad clutch timing by me... So as far as i know if there is some power loss in between to the EPS in the form of your engine shutting down suddenly etc then it happens....

Yes that is the standard case. In my scenario engine doesn't shut down but the power steering doesn't function for a fraction of a second. Most of the time I faced this issue was when I had depressed the clutch and was about to go to a lower gear.
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Reset your ECU by disconnecting the battery terminal and if it still doesnt resolve, get it checked by A.S.S
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Diesel Fan,
Were you able to resolve this issue?
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The problem had disappeared after a while. Now I do not face this problem anymore.
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Incidentally, I had seen another guy with this problem, where the power steering went limp intermittently, once when I visited a car wash. Dunno what happened thereafter, but goes to show that it is not a one-off issue.
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Mine was not an On-Off issue, even a noice can make out if it is a On-Off issue as you have to restart the car. Maybe it was ECU reset which did the trick while servicing. I had also insisted on a ECU analysis using maruti ECU analyser and nothing came out of it.
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