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Old 07-04-2009, 11:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My car is making clicking sounds when I am driving, when this happens my power windows stop working as does my windshield wipers.My powersteering also gets real stiif and is haed to turn and then will suddenly release. I have been told by a mechanic that my GEM is going out and I need to replace it, has anyone else had this problem? Is this whats really wrong?
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QUOTE (Terrible T @ Jul 4 2009, 11:52 AM)
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My car is making clicking sounds when I am driving, when this happens my power windows stop working as does my windshield wipers.My powersteering also gets real stiif and is haed to turn and then will suddenly release. I have been told by a mechanic that my GEM is going out and I need to replace it, has anyone else had this problem? Is this whats really wrong?[/b]
Clicking sounds usually mean relays. Try pulling each relay and cleaning the contacts with WD-40 or similar. It might help.
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IF you are going to go though the process of cleaning the relay contacts. Best get the right tool.
$3-4 any automotive store.
http://www.crcindustries.com/auto/content/...N=05101&S=N This will do a much better Job than WD-40 or the similar.

I would not jump for a new GEM just yet. Last I new Power steering was a mechanical device.
Could be a device on your Serpentine belt seizing. Like your alternator. Which would mean that your electronic devices are not getting enough Voltage and the coils of the relays are "collapsing". Meaning they do not have enough voltage to sustain.

Check your serpentine belt. Have your alternator tested.

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IF you are going to go though the process of cleaning the relay contacts. Best get the right tool.
$3-4 any automotive store.
http://www.crcindustries.com/auto/content/...N=05101&S=N This will do a much better Job than WD-40 or the similar.

I would not jump for a new GEM just yet. Last I new Power steering was a mechanical device.
Could be a device on your Serpentine belt seizing. Like your alternator. Which would mean that your electronic devices are not getting enough Voltage and the coils of the relays are "collapsing". Meaning they do not have enough voltage to sustain.

Check your serpentine belt. Have your alternator tested.

Also: Is there a mod that can move this to Maintenance and Repair[/b]
Electronics. works too
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QUOTE (outatyme @ Jul 5 2009, 10:11 AM)
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He must have VAPS (Variable Assist Power Steering) (My 1997 GL w/ vulcan + AX4N does)
If I unplug my GEM the steering gets extremely stiff!

All the symptoms he posted sound like a bad GEM (or bad / loose wiring to the GEM)
Your mechanic seems to know what he's talking about on this one.
I would check the connections to the GEM (three wire connectors BIG, SMALL, BIG)
Grey in color that hook to the bottom of the fuse box located at the drivers feet
(area of the parking brake / normal brake pedal up under the dash is where the junction
box with GEM strapped behind it is) The three connectors to it are right at floorline and
could get stepped on and be loose or get stripped insulation from peoples feet.

please list all the symptoms you have going on in relation to this and I will attempt to help
you track it down![/b]
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