Jaguar x type 2006
56 plate jaguar x type steering heavy when
stationary. Enough power steering fluid in
reservoir and works normally as soon as you
move slightly. It seems to be lazy. Any ideas
HI Baron3261, there could be several reasons for this. Is the PAS belt loose - the tensioner on the belt has been known to fail on these which could be causing the problem. The second possibility is that the pump has a problem. These can develop leaks - the pump is constructed in two halves and the gasket in between can let fluid seep out. This could also have let some air into the system. Try turning the steering from lock to lock a couple of times when stationary as this can have the effect of bleeding the system which will let any air in the system come out. If you do this with the PAS reservoir cap off and have someone watch the fluid you should be able to see if the fluid is 'frothing up' which will point to there being air in the system and the frothing will be the air escaping. Let us know if you get this cured.
Thanks for all the advice, the belt is not slipping and there is no air in the system. It can only be a lazy pimp I guess. Are they difficult to change. Thanks
I've not done one myself Baron3261 but from what I understand it is possible for a competent DIY mechanic to replace the pump. I don't think any special tools are required, but it is relatively complex with those that have done it talking about it being a three to four hour job. Personally I'd probably get a few quotes from some Jaguar specialists and then decide whether to tackle it yourself.
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