Picasso Power Steering Fault

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My wife's Citroen C3 Picasso 2010's power steering dropped off today whilst we were driving today. Power steering light and "Power Steering Fault" on the cluster.

AA breakdown came to have a look and found the following error - P0606 Internal fault Component defective.

I've checked the fuse (F7) under the hood and it's good. We've also checked the battery and it's been tested and is good (it's fairly new). I usually work on the car myself, but I know the motor is a part of the rack. Is there anything else I can check? Would this be a difficult repair for a DIYer?

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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devk wrote: Sun Feb 20, 2022 10:45 pm My wife's Citroen C3 Picasso 2010's power steering dropped off today whilst we were driving today. Power steering light and "Power Steering Fault" on the cluster.

AA breakdown came to have a look and found the following error - P0606 Internal fault Component defective.

I've checked the fuse (F7) under the hood and it's good. We've also checked the battery and it's been tested and is good (it's fairly new). I usually work on the car myself, but I know the motor is a part of the rack. Is there anything else I can check? Would this be a difficult repair for a DIYer?

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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P0606 Internal fault Component defective. sounds like EPAS ECU fault.

You have to change the motor and ECU on the rack or replace the rack complete.

Access is difficult and I would not consider it 'easy' to do.

You can get recon parts, rather than expensive new, here on eBay.
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Is the fault still present?

The lack of power steering can be sporadic.

Have you checked the electrical connectors on the rack?
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C3CAR wrote: Sun Feb 20, 2022 10:54 pm
devk wrote: Sun Feb 20, 2022 10:45 pm My wife's Citroen C3 Picasso 2010's power steering dropped off today whilst we were driving today. Power steering light and "Power Steering Fault" on the cluster.

AA breakdown came to have a look and found the following error - P0606 Internal fault Component defective.

I've checked the fuse (F7) under the hood and it's good. We've also checked the battery and it's been tested and is good (it's fairly new). I usually work on the car myself, but I know the motor is a part of the rack. Is there anything else I can check? Would this be a difficult repair for a DIYer?

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Hi

P0606 Internal fault Component defective. sounds like EPAS ECU fault.

You have to change the motor and ECU on the rack or replace the rack complete.

Access is difficult and I would not consider it 'easy' to do.

You can get recon parts, rather than expensive new, here on eBay.
So the ECU and motor are both a part of the same unit? Thanks for the info!
Arfur Dent wrote: Sun Feb 20, 2022 10:57 pm Is the fault still present?

The lack of power steering can be sporadic.

Have you checked the electrical connectors on the rack?
The fault was actually intermittent to start off with but today just stayed on. I haven't managed to get under the car yet as the weather has been horrific. Will I be able to access the wires from under the car or is access rubbish?

I wonder if this was a recall and would be covered by Citroen?
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Hi

Access is poor.

EPAS faults, intermittent can also be caused by bad alternator regulation, so it can be worth checking that too.

On the C3 Picasso the ECU and motor are a single unit. On the early C3 the ECU and motor are two separate parts in two different locations.

2010 is too old for warranty recalls in 2022 :shock:
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C3CAR wrote: Mon Feb 21, 2022 2:03 pm Hi

Access is poor.

EPAS faults, intermittent can also be caused by bad alternator regulation, so it can be worth checking that too.

On the C3 Picasso the ECU and motor are a single unit. On the early C3 the ECU and motor are two separate parts in two different locations.

2010 is too old for warranty recalls in 2022 :shock:
Nice thank you. Well as an update, I called 3 Citroen dealerships to see if they would cover the cost of the repairs. Of course they said no as it's over 10 years old, but I called Citroen customer care and they said to get the vehicle diagnosed. They will then pay a contribution (which may be all of it) depending on what the issue is.

Check out this thread for anyone facing a similar issue - https://howtomendit.com/answers.php?id=341808

Most of them have had the costs covered, including the top post with an over 10 year old motor!
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devk wrote: Tue Feb 22, 2022 1:51 pm
I called Citroen customer care and they said to get the vehicle diagnosed. They will then pay a contribution (which may be all of it) depending on what the issue is.
Well...I guess it wont happen if you don't ask.

From what I could see most of the cars on that site were 2011-2012, perhaps post 2010? Did they make some form of change to the power steering? Up 'till 2010 the electric power steering was fairly reliable.
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Ozvtr wrote: Thu Feb 24, 2022 12:32 am
devk wrote: Tue Feb 22, 2022 1:51 pm
I called Citroen customer care and they said to get the vehicle diagnosed. They will then pay a contribution (which may be all of it) depending on what the issue is.
Well...I guess it wont happen if you don't ask.

From what I could see most of the cars on that site were 2011-2012, perhaps post 2010? Did they make some form of change to the power steering? Up 'till 2010 the electric power steering was fairly reliable.
Exactly, got to try! I'm going to lay it on them quite hard with the possibility of a really dangerous accident due to this fault. Hopefully they help us out, if not then I'll lose a lot of hope from this brand. We've had a few other problems (electrical), and this motor burns oil and goes through coolant like there's no tomorrow!

I think the headgasket is on it's way out. It's only done 54k miles though!
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devk wrote: Fri Feb 25, 2022 12:49 am I think the headgasket is on it's way out. It's only done 54k miles though!
Start up a new post over in the petrol engine area if you want to discuss this further.
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Update! After a week of the car being at the Citroen garage and liaising with Citroen's customer care team... they are covering the cost of the repair! :shock: I couldn't believe it tbh, I thought they would maybe do a percentage or something. We only need to pay the diagnostic fee (£120). Considering the car is 12 years old, what a result! :D

So for anyone else with a similar issue, definitely call Citroen's customer care and see if they will cover it!
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