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Loss of Steering control, need help!

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Hey all,
I own a '93 SLC and am having some problems relating my steering. Ok, So i'm driving down the road and all of a sudden my steering gets really stiff, the check engine light comes on, battery light flashes and the check oil light goes off as well. I have to fight the car over to the side of the road, trying not to lose control of it. I then turn the car off and then turn it back on and everything is ok.
This has happened 2 times this month and is very sporatic. I'm thinking that maybe something is wrong with the powersteering, but im not too sure. The funny thing is that i had the car checked out just last week and the shop that i brought it to said that all was ok. Then I get in my car today, and the problem happens again. If anyone here has any idea of what this could be please help me. This is turning into a HUGE saftey issue and it's to the point where i absoloutely do not want to drive my car in fear that something major will happen.
The problem occurs at the most random time and nothing that is in a chain. The first time that it happened was when i was taking a left hand turn at about 25mph, the car just wouldn't turn, straightened out and i couldn't move the steering wheel to the left at all, only straight and a little to the right.
The second time it happened (today, about 3 weeks from the first time) it did it when i was doing about 50 on a straight away.
The car doesn't shut of, and all of my electronics are working fine, nothing is shutting off. The check engine light flares up, check oil light, and the check battery light...
please if anyone could help on this one i would greatly appreciate it!! Thanks in advance!!!
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Re: Loss of Steering control, need help! (g60vwr)

[Modified by wickedb3, 2:42 PM 12-2-2001]
Re: Loss of Steering control, need help! (wickedb3)

hey all thank you so much for the replies so far...
here's the thing... The car is never dying or stalling out... It still is running while this is all happening, and im able to hit the gas and get a response. After pulling over to the side of the road, it is still idling. I would then from there shut the engine off, and then start it back up again and the steering is back to normal...
So this one completely has my mind boggled
Re: Loss of Steering control, need help! (Blk Raddo)

yeah, I just got into the car tonight and drove around some side streets, now my steering is VERY sluggish, harder to turn than normal...
I'm seeing alot of consistancy with the belt slipping theory. I think that im going to take the car in and have them make sure that the cover is still on and to replace my rack boot... hopefully this will fix the problem.... If not i have to worry my butt off about nearly killing myself if that steerting goes out like that again, especially on freeway/mountain driving...
I'm to the point where i DO NOT trust my car at all at the moment. And that is a hard level to reach. If i can't trust my car, then i do not want to drive it. Steering and braking are the things that I DO NOT want to mess around with, and this problem has scared me a little too much this month...
Thanks to all who have posted on here, I really appreciate the help....
take care all, and have a safe and happy holiday!!
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