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My escort van when first starting up the steerin is stiff

Hi I have a 1997 escort diesel that when it first starts the steering goes quite stiff and jerky but, i have notice that sometimes when this happens the battery light comes on this however only happens when its cold or damp, i also no that water is somehow gettin in to the van and formin a puddle in passenger foot well so ive sealed the windscreen could this be a water issue or is there another explaination? to any that can help many thanks

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Could be alot of things but first guess would be your belt is slipping/ loose. Your belt would run your power steering and alternator (batt light), dampness could jump be contributing to make the belt slip a little. I would definitely advise you have it looked at though because if you loose your power steering and alternator when you are driving it can be a very scary situation. hope this helps :)

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