Hello fellow Car Talk friends,
I’ve got a 2003 Volvo S60 with close to 121,000 miles on it that I have fondly called Nik Nak. It has traveled with me from the Midwest to the East Coast, where I now reside.
Last winter, my little Nik Nak cut out on me as I was taking a sharp right onto my home street. At first I thought I hit an icy patch and my car had skidded, but then I realized the engine was off, but all the lights on my dashboard were on (including all the warning/alert lights). I put the car in park, turned my key into the off position, then tried to start it up. It immediately started. Other factors: There was snow and I had just recently exited the highway.
Everything seemed to be going pretty well until this winter (in Connecticut), when my car cut out on me again. Just like before, I assumed I had hit an icy patch as the car seemed sluggish and unresponsive (and it had just snowed). Again, it happened as I was taking a right turn, and it’s happened about three times since.
Today was the first time it happened as I was making a left turn. Luckily, I was the last car in the turning lane, and I managed to get my car more or less close to the shoulder and put my hazard lights on (as traffic was now approaching), and Nik Nak rebooted just as before.
I used to think the cold/snow had something to do with it, but it was 50 degrees today. Also, I’m not entirely sure, but I think the wheel may have been turned as far as it could go. I honestly can’t remember if that was the case the other times it cut out.
I plan on experimenting in a parking lot tomorrow to see if turning the wheel all the way is causing it.
Does anyone have any thoughts or know what might be causing it? (And besides not turning the steering wheel all the way, does anyone have any suggestions as to how this problem may be fixed?)