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Car won't start, always shows PWR STR on the error window, and the fuel gauge doesn't go up from empty.

Fuses are fine, and can't check for any codes since I don't have a scanner. I'm completely baffled.
 

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Car won't start, always shows PWR STR on the error window, and the fuel gauge doesn't go up from empty.

Fuses are fine, and can't check for any codes since I don't have a scanner. I'm completely baffled.

You have a grounding issue somewhere. Check your battery ground in your trunk and in the front of the car , make sure the connection is tightend and you should be good from there.
 

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you not gonna throw codes that a regular obd2 reader can read..you gonna be throwing "U" codes ..there ignition codes..mostly lost communcation...i have the same thing minus the wont start...my power steering shuts off and gauges go crazy and wont read anything and flashes powersteering...9 times to the dealer and still no fix "have fun
 

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I randomly get the PWR STR code when I start the car. Dealer said there wasn;t anything wrong and he didn;t know why it was doing it.
 

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Check your battery, it sounds like it has a low charge or low state of health. May be a power or grounding issue as well.

The PWR STR message I get every now and again w/ no DTC's. However... some cars get that message and code which may need a new steering column/motor. So if you get that message pretty consistantly and/or have the power steering cut out, have it checked out!
 

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All those things are controlled by the PCM, try unpluggin it/making sure its plugged in right. Push down on the underhood fuse block. Its a shotty connection somewhere, will be virtually impossible to find, you are just going to have to get lucky somewhere.
 

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Italianjoe1 said:
All those things are controlled by the PCM, try unpluggin it/making sure its plugged in right. Push down on the underhood fuse block. Its a shotty connection somewhere, will be virtually impossible to find, you are just going to have to get lucky somewhere.
That's sort of what I figured, but I was worried that I might have fried it.

I guess I'll be spending a good amount of time under the hood playing with wiring tomorrow. I wonder if I messed something up when I extended the MAF wiring. (the plug wouldn't reach the MAF on the Typhoon, so I added a length of wire to each line so it'd reach). Aside from moving the fusebox ground, that's all I did today electrically, but the wires matched up, so I doubt that's it. Will hopefully borrow my neighbor's battery booster as well to cover all my bases.

Thanks for all the suggestions so far, everyone.
 

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Nope, have never jumped the car since I bought it. I'm pretty sure I checked all the double fuses and found no breaks, but will check them again.

Looking at the fuse box pic, it labels the post opposite the POS as EPS. I will investigate.

Edit: After waking up, I put the key in and turned it to On. Something clicked a bunch of times in rapid succession. Not normal but idk what it is.
 

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Well, it's starting now, and I'm not positive what fixed but I'll list what I did anyways.

Reseated 60 amp EPS (power steering) fuse, unplugged MAF sensor, wiggled some of the wires going to/from fuse block. Car started. Plugged in MAF sensor, car started.

Going to go for a drive and make sure everything's okay.

Edit: Runs great. When in doubt, pull and reseat jumpers.
 

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Old threat.... sorry to bring this back.. Need info



Well today i stopped in and went to check the progress of my car... It's at Sherwood Chev... Since my car needs an alignment im guessing the PWR STR is caused by the alignment out??? Can someone verify this for me... I got warrenty on the car... Just well want to know :)


I started it.. then let it fun alittle gave it a bit of fuel and stalled out.... cranked it over while feeding fuel...... finally got it going.. she leveled out.. took it for a 2 mile " run " and came back everything was fine... Minus the alignment ...


Thought it was my intake from the accident but it's fine.... Maybe just alot of moisture in the intake due to snow/melting/freezing?? My dad was behind me and water was coming out of the exhaust.........

Short story.. i basicly got run off the road... went into the ditch... broke the passenger front cv joint, control arm, suspenion side skirt, etc.... and axle took a beating...
 

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Jeremy... I got your message.

Well today i stopped in and went to check the progress of my car... It's at Sherwood Chev... Since my car needs an alignment im guessing the PWR STR is caused by the alignment out??? Can someone verify this for me... I got warrenty on the car... Just well want to know :)
The alignment shouldn't cause a PWR STR message.

Is there a check engine light?
Did the steering respond strange?

I started it.. then let it fun alittle gave it a bit of fuel and stalled out.... cranked it over while feeding fuel...... finally got it going.. she leveled out.. took it for a 2 mile " run " and came back everything was fine... Minus the alignment ...
Probably just due to the car having to adjust to the weather. Mine used to stumble when I'd park it for a few weeks in the fall.

However, was there a check engine light after it stalled out?
If not, I wouldn't worry.
 

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thanks, was getting worried... sorry for calling ya 3 times.. LOL

Yeah i went started it.... no problem.... no code, no check light... gave it a tap... rev maybe up too 1600 dropped and died....

had to pump and crank to fire over... light came on.. reved it alittle just to keep it going.... " bad idea i know.... cold engine" light shut off... went for a slow drive to get warmed up after then took her out for a spring... got full power, no cel light, everythings ok...


She's going into the shop Wed 9 am... oil change etc... and alignment.. told sherwood NOT to worry about the body stuff, just need it roadready by fri.. I can come back when the pass skirts done..
 

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That's sort of what I figured, but I was worried that I might have fried it.

I guess I'll be spending a good amount of time under the hood playing with wiring tomorrow. I wonder if I messed something up when I extended the MAF wiring. (the plug wouldn't reach the MAF on the Typhoon, so I added a length of wire to each line so it'd reach). Aside from moving the fusebox ground, that's all I did today electrically, but the wires matched up, so I doubt that's it. Will hopefully borrow my neighbor's battery booster as well to cover all my bases.

Thanks for all the suggestions so far, everyone.
Simple answer. change the ignition switch Its a 30 dollar part. The bcm and power steering communicate through the class 2 interface to the bcm and the ignition switch is part of the comms link and wears out...

you're welcome.:)
 

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thanks, was getting worried... sorry for calling ya 3 times.. LOL

Yeah i went started it.... no problem.... no code, no check light... gave it a tap... rev maybe up too 1600 dropped and died....

had to pump and crank to fire over... light came on.. reved it alittle just to keep it going.... " bad idea i know.... cold engine" light shut off... went for a slow drive to get warmed up after then took her out for a spring... got full power, no cel light, everythings ok...


She's going into the shop Wed 9 am... oil change etc... and alignment.. told sherwood NOT to worry about the body stuff, just need it roadready by fri.. I can come back when the pass skirts done..

sounds like a ground fault to me; is the intermediate shaft okay and is the vss signal sensor on the shaft and the toothed wheel clean it may be dirty from you r"off", but if you get pwrstr message same as dainslaif do the ignition switch deal under warranty....
 

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sounds like a ground fault to me; is the intermediate shaft okay and is the vss signal sensor on the shaft and the toothed wheel clean it may be dirty from you r"off", but if you get pwrstr message same as dainslaif do the ignition switch deal under warranty....
yeah, i had the head foreman there.. saw the code wrote it down, asked if i wanted the warrenty option replacement.. told him yes...

By the time i get my car back she'll be near in the front end ;)

Thanks for the quick replies everyone... makes me feel at ease
 
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