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i was merrily driving along last night, went to slow down to stop at traffice lights and the car just cut out! was well scared as the steering locked! and after i had been to the gym, was driving home and the same thing happenned again! any ideas what is wrong with it, i was so scared!
 

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Hi Kelly, In my 156 the same happened to me, a year ago, at the time it was the alternator tensioner belt which was knacked, so it wasn't charging the battery, so the belt & battery had to be replaced, I drove nearly a mile trying to steer with no power steering quite scary at the time, PS get it looked at ASAP as you could bugger your battery like I did.
 

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Kelly, I dont' think the steering will have actually locked - you will just have lost powered sterring, which will make the steering seem very heavy, particularly at low speeds. Next time you're at the gym remember to work those biceps, that will help the next time it cuts out :)
 

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Not sure if its the same as the 145 but on my QV there are a few relays near the battery. One of them is the ignition services relay, and quite often the contacts corrode. This leaves you with a car that cuts out and will not re-start. You can clean them up with some emery and switch cleaner.
May be worth a look, I have has this on 2 of my cars. ;)
 

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Had the same problem on my 156, would drive faultless and the just cutout. It would only restart if i turned the ignition off and restarted with the key, after lots of parts replaced the main dealer diagnosed (read as guessed because they wern`t sure) either as throttlebody or ECU, both very expensive. They replaced the throttlebody and it cured it. But by the same token it could be as simple as a loose earth lead.

I would put it into dealers or specialist because it can get very expensive guessing as to the cause.
 

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Hi Kelly,

Did you get to the bottom of the cuttin out as it sounds exactly what happened to me right down to my wimpy biceps.
my uncle little bill says that he reckons it was the dodgy fuel that was going around, as i did fill up at tesco! it hasnt cut out for about a week now!
 
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