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I had to jump start my Chevy HHR, and now the power steering does not work. Read online to replace fuses, but the manual and the under hood fuse diagrams disagree on what fuse it is. Can it be the #19 fuse? Help me find the way to get my power steering back up.... Please..
Forgive me if you already know this, I can see you have been doing some research already. I just want to make sure that next time you need to jump start, you have the proper information on how to do it. I don't know what you already have so at the end of this I will post the bulletin on proper jump starting.
On to the steering, the fuse that you need to check is the 60 amp EPS fuse which is #1. The label on the under-hood fuse panel is the one that you should follow. I will post the picture we have of the under-hood labelling for location. Please ask if you have further questions.
Some customers may comment that the steering wheel is hard to turn and that a message of "PWR STR" is displayed on the Driver Information Center (DIC) of the instrument panel (I/P) cluster. They may also comment that this condition occurred after they had to have the vehicle jump started.
Improper "jump starting" of the vehicle has been determined as a cause for the power steering fuses to open (blow). Customers may mistakenly believe that the Under-hood Junction Block (UHJB) is actually the battery; therefore, they believe there is both a positive and negative post in the UHJB. After only seeing one post, they may remove the cover and discover there is another small post on the passenger side of the UHJB. The small post on the passenger side of the UHJB is the B+ post for the electric power steering . When the jumper cables are attached to both of these posts and the cable is connected to another vehicle, the power steering fuses will blow.
Replace the blown fuses and verify that concern is eliminated.
Important: If the fuse continues to blow, refer to the appropriate diagnostic procedure below:
On 2003-2005 Saturn ION vehicles only, open the fuse box cover, then remove and discard the small plastic cover that has the words "REMOVE AND DISCARD THIS COVER FOR FUSE OR RELAY SERVICING" listed on the top. This cover is used only to protect the fuses upon initial factory installation.
Provide the owner with a copy of the following procedure and refer owners to Step 9 for the correct negative cable attachment point.
If your vehicle's battery has run down, you may want to use another vehicle and some jumper cables to start your vehicle. Be sure to use the following steps to do it safely.
Caution: Batteries can hurt you. They can be dangerous because:
If you do not follow these steps exactly, some or all of these things can hurt you.
Notice: Ignoring these steps could result in costly damage to your vehicle that would not be covered by your warranty. Trying to start your vehicle by pushing or pulling it will not work, and it could damage your vehicle.
Notice: If the other vehicle's system is not a 12-volt system with a negative ground, both vehicles can be damaged. Only use vehicles with 12-volt systems with negative grounds to jump start your vehicle.
Notice: If you leave your radio or other accessories on during the jump starting procedure, they could be damaged. The repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Always turn off your radio and other accessories when jump starting your vehicle.
Caution: An electric fan can start up even when the engine is not running and can injure you. Keep hands, clothing and tools away from any under-hood electric fan.
Caution: Using a match near a battery can cause battery gas to explode. People have been hurt doing this, and some have been blinded. Use a flash light if you need more light. Be sure the battery has enough water. You do not need to add water to the battery installed in your new vehicle. But if a battery has filler caps, be sure the right amount of fluid is there. If it is low, add water to take care of that first. If you do not, explosive gas could be present. Battery fluid contains acid that can burn you. Do not get it on you. If you accidentally get it in your eyes or on your skin, flush the place with water and get medical help immediately.
Caution: Fans or other moving engine parts can injure you badly. Keep your hands away from moving parts once the engine is running.
Notice: If the jumper cables are connected or removed in the wrong order, electrical shorting may occur and damage the vehicle. The repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Always connect and remove the jumper cables in the correct order, making sure that the cables do not touch each other or other metal.
Woo hoo !!! It worked. The fuse was blown and now I know to ground the black wire... Releasing funds.
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