Why does the power steering on my wife's Mazda 6 fail when she starts the car?

My wife's Mazda 6 Tourer has had the power steering fail, which happens after she starts the engine and can only be resolved by restarting the car. Have you heard of other owners with the same problems. Large steering input seems to be a factor.

Asked on 9 March 2017 by ian harris

Answered by Honest John
Full lock on any car with power steering soon after starting the engine is likely to cause problems. Best not to use full lock at all, especially from cold. Always wind a bit of lock back on after hitting the stops.
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