Chevy Equinox Has No Power Steering

Power Steering problem with my 2006 Chevy Equinox. Many warning lights. Jump started because dead battery. My Equinox has no power steering is very stiff, no power assist. The service stability light is on. Check engine warning on dash. Many other indicators on as well. This all started after we had to jump start the battery because my son left the key on for a long time. Did a computer blow up? What can i do to fix it. It does start and run normally, just the lights and no steering.

Answer: This is a common problem we have been seeing with these vehicles as well as Pontiac Torrent, Chevy HHR, and Cobalt. Improper jump starting causes the main 80 or 100 amp fuse to blow. This causes the power steering, and ABS and other computers systems to not have power, therefore do not function. Check this fuse with a test light just like any other fuse. Improper jump starting will also cause codes to be stored in many of the other on board computer, and may cause one or more to fail and need replacement.

A scanner with LAN (local area network) capabilities is need to scan the computer for codes and further diagnosis to determine if any of the other computer modules are damaged.


No Start After Battery Replaced

2007 Chevrolet Equinox.

I had to jump car battery was dead car was fine for a week had to jump again took battery out put in new one now car won't start everything works dash lights radio but car won't start.

Answer: Be sure to check all of the fuses. A common thing to happen is to blow the main fuse in the under hood fuse box.

Chevy Equinox Main Mega fuse Location.


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  • Guest - bob

    In reply to: Guest - Conrad

    Yes, check the fuse first. See picture above.

  • Guest - Conrad

    sorry for typos.. I am REALLY in the dark.

  • Guest - Pete

    Can the power steering on a 06 g6 quit when you have a dead battery? If so would replacing the battery fix the problem?

  • Guest - Jim Stevens

    I have a 2012 Equinox 4 cyl. It is supposed to have electric steering. It is developing a sticky spot
    where you have to put extra pressure to turn the steering wheel to correct direction.
    Does anyone have any suggestions as to cause or correction ? Thanks,

  • Guest - AdamsD

    My 2007 Chevy Equinox loss power steering after being jump started. I took it to the dealer and they said the control module needed to be replaced, but I learned that it may be the 80 Meg Amp. I tested the 80 Meg Anp and there was no current flowing from once side of the amp to the other side. I disconnected the battery cables and installed the 80 Meg Amp, reconnected the battery cables, positive and then the negative cable and immediately the wire to the ECU begin smoking and I disconnected the battery cable. There is still current flowing through the main wire that began smoking. Are there any tips?

  • Guest - Anthony

    I changed the mega fuse in my 2007 chevy equinox and it did nothing to help the power steering what do I do next

  • Guest - Jessica

    In reply to: Guest - Anthony

    I am having same problem replace fuse tested power steering motor everything is good just no power getting to the p.s. motor dont know what else to check

  • Guest - Erik

    In reply to: Guest - Jessica

    Mine is doing the same thing. Also the stabilitrak system isnt working either

  • Guest - Olga Nelson

    In reply to: Guest - Erik

    My 2007 chev equinox doing the same.

  • Guest - dnewguy

    how do i test the 80 amp power steering fuse. There is a screw on each side of the fuse should the test light glow when i touch each of the screws or just one. mine only lights up when i touch the left screw

  • Guest - Bill

    In reply to: Guest - dnewguy

    Yes. The testight should light up on each side, showing that voltage is going into it and coming out of it. You can also use an ohmmeter to test for continuity.

  • Guest - Bill

    In reply to: Guest - dnewguy

    So you have power to the fuse, but do you have power coming out of it?

  • Guest - Natosha

    In reply to: Guest - Bill

    Mine went out and then I shut my car off and when I started it the power steering was working fine? Any suggestions for me? It's still a little stiff but that's how it was when I bought it a few months ago

  • Guest - Bryen

    My 2008 chevy equinox 3.4 lost power steering and theres power going to the fuse any thoughts

  • Guest - Tommy

    In reply to: Guest - Bryen

    Did you check both sides of the fuse? One side has power in, the other power out.

  • Guest - Danny chavez

    In reply to: Guest - Tommy

    I checked both sides of fuse. There is continuity. Still no power steering!

  • Guest - bnod

    hello there, i had a problem of engine cranking for a while and stall in a second when releasing the ignition key. its toyota prado gX 5lE engine of 2004 model

  • Guest - Natosha

    My 2007 Chevy equinox power steering went out so I parked and turned it off for about 5 min and started it and it worked fine. A couple days later it did it again. Anyone K of what the problem is?

  • Guest - A. J

    I have a equinox 05 and the power steering dsnt work and I think this don't have the fuse or this come in other part of the truck, or need to change all the system?

  • Guest - Charlene

    In reply to: Guest - A. J

    Started up my 2007 equinox an soon as i pulled off i lost my power steering fuses are not blown

  • Guest - David

    05 equinox with power steering issue but can't find fuse don't have the black 80 that's n picture were is it

  • Guest - Danny chavez

    If I've changed the 80 Amp mega fuse, checked continuity which was good, checked all fuses, good, but still no power steering. What should I look for next? Mechanic thought maybe a bad new fuse. Fuse is good! Need help!

  • Guest - Corrine

    I can't find the power steering reservoir in my 2005 Chevy Equinox LT

  • Guest - Tom

    In reply to: Guest - Corrine

    There is no power steering fluid reservoir on your Equinox. This SUV has electric steering.

  • Guest - Mike

    My daughter has a 2009 Chevy equinox and her power steering stopped. I went to check 80 amp fuse but there is no fuse. Any idea what else it may be?

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