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NHTSA — Steering: Hydraulic Power Assist System Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Mercury Mystique steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Mercury Mystique Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Horn does not work. Vehicle has been checked by dealer several times. Horn would work intermittently, but currently it has failed completely. The rear seat belts are inoperative. The power steering, alternator, and front brakes failed. The catalytic converter caught on fire.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 172001


  • miles
Power steering pump failed after a few days of driving in very heavy rain. Power steering was intermittent and then gone completely. The dealer said the rack&pinion and pump need to be replaced.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Aug 011999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving under wet conditions power steering goes out, making the steering stiff. If consumer is in the middle of a turn she has to manually return the steering. Dealer has been contacted.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 191999


  • miles
When driving at various speeds during rainy and wet conditions, the power steering fails during the enactment of a turn. The dealership "cannot diagnose"this dangerous occurance.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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