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why did my car lose engine power, and power steering?

this happened all of a sudden, with no warning. we were driving home (about a 25 minute drive), and we were almost home when the car felt like it slipped a gear (its an automatic). the engine felt like it was slowing down, and I lost power steering. we pulled over, turned the car off, waiting a moment, then started it back up... we drive for a hundred feet, and it happened again. did the same thing, and managed to get the car home, a few blocks away.

its a 2012 Kia Sorento... we literally just got it checked out by our mechanic a few weeks ago... the only thing I can think of is that we drive through a massive rainstorm on our way home. could that be the culprit? I'd love some input from anyone.

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This reminds me of a similar story.

It was our 2006 Civic (really doesn't matter about the make and model) and it lost power and barely idled so my wife had it towed home. I came back from a trip and we swapped cars. Sure enough it did it to me but as it was able to get over 10 MPH and it sure sounded like a water and fuel issue I babied it to the gas station to add a lot more fuel. It started up and I drove home without it reoccurring ever again.

I didn't bother taking it to a mechanic since, well, it worked it out and there's not much you can do with the issue but have have the tank drained and refueled. A mechanic can do that for you but it was a hundred or more dollars that I couldn't see why I'd do that. The car still runs fine today.

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Loss of P/S

Hi polldavey; Check your serpentine belt to make sure it's intact. I've seen many 'thrown' off during heavy rainfall. If that happens, you'll lose P/S. Of course, the electrical connections under the hood do not like a ton of water.
Good luck.
Loren

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