Power Steering failure in Monaco Dynasty-cause
We had experienced a grinding engine noise several weeks ago in our 1998 Monaco Dynasty. The power steering instantly failed and we pulled over and shut down the engine near Mammoth Mountain, CA. After being towed to Britt's Diesel in Bishop, CA., they diagnosed the problem correctly as a failed engine compressor. It had just ground itself up, the bearing included. Seems the engine gear train turns the compressor bolted onto the engine and then there's a drive coming out of the compressor that turns the hydraulic pump, hence the power steering failed. Had we run the engine much longer, we could have had huge damage to the engine and gear train on the back. As a precaution, they did take the rear covers off the gear train and we were told how lucky we were, that none of the gears were damaged. A new compressor was installed, new hydraulic fluid added, engine oil and filter changed as a precaution, and we were on our way.