Just arriving into work and the 'Battery Charge Low' warning light came on and the power steering died instantly. Immediately the car became unbelievably heavy to control so I pulled it into the closest parking spot I could find.
After reading through related posts, I'm not convinced its a dud battery as it was changed just 1 year ago (handbook spec as well - 75Ah/600) and I can start the engine without any hesitation. Also, another member stated that for the power steering to die it would need to lose power from both the battery and the alternator... sounds reasonable to me but I'm not that knowledgeable in this area.
btw I'd had the cambelt&pump changed last month and at the same time had mentioned a chirping sound which turned out to be the auxiliary. So I had the car in again a couple of weeks ago at which point both the pulley and the aux belt were replaced.
My thinking at this point is that the pulley/aux has gone again in some way and I plan on getting the car into my mechanic as soon as...
Before trying to drive though I was hoping one of you knowledgeable gents might ease some concerns for me...?
- firstly, is it safe to drive the car with these symptoms (is there a chance that further damage could be done)?
- also, the steering is INCREDIBLY HEAVY - is this standard if the power steering fails or could it be due to some other issue which should prevent me from trying to drive it?
- last point; does it sound reasonable that this issue is the responsibility of my mechanic? (not trying to avoid responsibility myself, just want to know how I should approach discussion...)