Kia Ceed power steering

sevenhills Forumite Posts: 5,373
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A relative took his car to a garage because his power steering failed.
They couldn't fix it, they said to take it to the main dealership and it may cost £2000+
It's showing three letters on the dash, forgotten what they are. It's an 09 plate with low mileage, he seems to be considering £300 scrap value.
He gets a new Kia Stonic? next week.
Is it a difficult job, if I got the part from a scrap yard?


  • angrycrow
    angrycrow Forumite Posts: 1,074
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    What make and model, what have they said is wrong with it.

    If it's a model with electric power steering the first thing to try is fully charging the 12v battery as low battery voltage can cause false error codes in electric power steering systems.
  • facade
    facade Forumite Posts: 6,666
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    edited 31 May at 12:27AM
    I'll guess the 3 letters are EPS (which doesn't stand for Electro Plasma System as every Star Trek fan expects) Electronic Power Steering.

    The steering column has an electric motor on it, a couple of sensors inside and a bit of electronics to power the motor.

    The sensors, or the electronics fail. (there is a fault code that can be read-google it)
    A new column complete is around £1900 from Kia.

    Second hand ones command a high price and are liable to fail anyway.

    There are some firms that repair them for around £300, but I can't find any in the UK , there is one in Spain-

    I'd have expected BBA Reman to fix them, but they don't list any Kia/Hyundai work.

    There is also a very common failure at high mileage where a star shaped piece of rubber that couples the motor to the steering column wears out, but that causes a clicking, then a knocking sound that gets worse, it doesn't suddenly go.

    The good news is the rubber star is a pew pence on eBay, or a few pounds if you don;t want to wait for the post from China.

    Here is a youtube video where he takes out the steering column and replaces the rubber coupler, remember you will need to swap over the steering lock if you are swapping the whole thing.

    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science ;))
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