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2000 Subaru Outback Question: My steering stopped-at first it stopped turning left and then it stopped turning

 

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BTatum, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Raleigh, NC, July 03, 2012, 09:43
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I have regular tune ups, oil changes, etc. It had made some new sounds recently when parallel parking, but then with it's mileage of 240,000 it makes quite a few sounds. The car has been babied since new and the bar between the two front wheels was replaced a few years back. What could this be? Thanks, Barb

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    SubiWoRX from Subiworx, July 03, 2012, 10:50
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    My best guess would be that the steering rack has failed internally.

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    BTatum, July 03, 2012, 11:55
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    It is very kind of you to try and help me. I heard a rolling sound a few weeks back. Is it possible that a cap fell off the fluid reservoir? I looked up steering rack, but so far, found no pictures. I will add fluid to see if I can drive to have it fixed or do you think that I should have it towed to protect pumps and whatever other parts are involved in steering?

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    SubiWoRX, July 03, 2012, 12:13
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    Here's a picture of what it looks like:
    http://www.buy-steering.com/viewpicture.asp?partid=80-008...

    Your best bet would be to have it towed to a reliable Subaru mechanic, simply because a failed steering can be a cause of an accident if you try to drive it and it doesn't turn.
    Good luck

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