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Hard steering on cold start

When starting after several hours and the outside temperature is cold, steering is real rough for about 30-60 seconds. After that it steers fine.

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  • Jim Riley Mar 23, 2013

    Kia came out with a new power steering fluid. Once I flushed and drained the old fluid and replaced it with the new fluid it was fine.

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This could be a bad steering rack or power steering pump, the correct way to find out which one is the problem a gauge would need to be hooked to power steering pump and when cold watch the pressure readings and if pressure is low then you replace the pump but if pressure if good then rack has internal leak, compare readings when cold and when it operates good.

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