help...idle changes when i turn steering wheel
Results 1 to 7 of 7

This is a discussion on help...idle changes when i turn steering wheel within the Maintenance, service, and repair forums, part of the Tutorials & DIY category; is this a power steering issue? when i move the wheel left or right while the car is idling, the ...

  1. #1
    Registered User WRXcruiser's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Seattle, Washington
    Posts
    15

    help...idle changes when i turn steering wheel

    is this a power steering issue?
    when i move the wheel left or right while the car is idling, the idle will go up and down. i have an 02 wrx with 106,000 miles.
    any pointers on where to start are appreciated.


    would it have anything to do with the timing belt or general 110 k maintenance?
    Last edited by WRXcruiser; 02-13-2009 at 04:00 PM.
    2005 WRX Wagon stg 1 - 3/12 to present
    1996 BMW 328is coupe - 5/11 to present

    02 WRX wagon stg 2 - history

    WTB: Cobb Accessport ap-sub-001 for 2005 WRX

  2. Remove Advertisements
    ClubWRX.net
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Registered User wrxlaunch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    DC,MD,VA
    Posts
    262
    ~rpm jump?

  4. #3
    Registered User WRXcruiser's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Seattle, Washington
    Posts
    15
    yes the rpms go up and down...a fluctuation....i dont see why the steering wheel should affect that
    2005 WRX Wagon stg 1 - 3/12 to present
    1996 BMW 328is coupe - 5/11 to present

    02 WRX wagon stg 2 - history

    WTB: Cobb Accessport ap-sub-001 for 2005 WRX

  5. #4
    Registered User Black X Dahlia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    baton rouge, la
    Posts
    417
    pumping the brakes will do this also. It's the power steering pump being run off your engine just like the A/C, etc...
    Last edited by Black X Dahlia; 02-14-2009 at 09:14 AM.
    How Fast Can You Afford To Go?

  6. #5
    Administrator TheJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Bro do you even live in the Dirty South
    Posts
    17,766
    I Support ClubWRX
    Quote Originally Posted by Black X Dahlia View Post
    pumping the brakes will do this also. It's the power steering pump being ran off your engine just like the A/C, etc...
    +1

    Your car has power steering. The power steering is powered by a belt that is turned by your engine. Anything that changes the demand on the engine will have an effect on your idle (some greater then others). It is more noticeable on a small engine like the one in the impreza then in a car with a larger or more powerful engine. It is even more noticeable when your small engine is only at idle. When you are driving you don't really notice it much because engine is operating at a much higher power output and it is much easier to turn wheels that are rolling versus wheels standing still.

    Bottom line, what you are describing is completely normal.
    -The J
    New Members, CLICK & BOOKMARK these links:


  7. #6
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Dallas, TX / Sterling, VA
    Posts
    6,629
    I Support ClubWRX
    The power steering put's load on the motor.

  8. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    West Allis, WI
    Posts
    26
    +1 to all the above. In my old Civic, when I'd be at a standstill, and I'd be barely on the brakes, if I turned the steering wheel back and forth fast, the engine would pick up in power and would actually cause the car to start moving. The car is basically trying to create a little more power to try and reach its target idle.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •