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

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

by in Raleigh, NC on July 03, 2012
1 answer 2 comments
ANSWER by on July 03, 2012
My best guess would be that the steering rack has failed internally.
COMMENT by on July 03, 2012
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?
COMMENT by on July 03, 2012
Here's a picture of what it looks like: 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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