My power steering quit.Turned engine off for 10 min and restarted & it works. on 2008 Ford Escape

Is it safe to drive? It's been OK for 2 days for short trips.

by in Harrisburg, PA on March 09, 2014
3 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by on March 09, 2014
Is it locking up and not turning, could burn the belt.
COMMENT by on March 09, 2014
No. it's working fine no noise etc. If it's run by the computer could it have been a glitch in computer, like when idiot lights come on and go away or stuff like that?
COMMENT by on March 09, 2014
I don't know of any electronics in the power steering to run it. The only thing I remember is a pressure switch that will disengage the A/C on hard turns and steering pressure is high. Cold temperature has an effect on steering gears and such, and flushing the steering system helps. I do a BG Power Steering flush on several systems to increase performance on troubled systems. Yours might fall under this category.
ANSWER by on March 09, 2014
Have it scanned, electronic steering, should have code!
COMMENT by on March 09, 2014
Thanks. My question is: Is it safe to drive? I'm going on a fishing trip about 600 miles and I'd hate to get stuck somewhere.
ANSWER by on October 02, 2014
This sounds typical of the symptoms that Ford has generated a recall for. recall was sent out this past July, 2014. They will most likely flash the software, they did mine. 2008 Ford escape