Jerky steering and squealing while turning the steering wheel.
My wife has a ninety nine dodge stratus v6 and recently the steering's been acting up. When going slow, it doesn't want to turn. I've had a ps pump go bad on another car and it didn't feel anything like this. She starts turning the weel and it acts like it wants to lock up then it gives way and locks up again and so on and so forth. It also squeals something awful when turning. I compare the jerkiness to trying to pull a rope with basketball size knots on it through a hole the size of a slow pitch softball, it turns but is extraordinarily jerky. I also read that that model had a recall on the ps hoses and fittings. But wouldn't that mean the fluid would leak out? Cos it's not leaking out. Any clues?
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Depending on your description of grinding could be power steering pump if whinning noise if tight on steering check steering rods tie rods and also check cvr joints for front wheel drive also depending on the direction of turning and which way is worse check the struts might be binding on
I dont remember what the horn action is like on the stratus, but it may be a defective toggle switch, blades stuck together, so when you plug in the fuse, current automatically flows thru because circuit is closed, thus making your horn go off, have switch or switches replaced, those are under buttons on steering wheel, or under steering wheel cover, depending on what kind you have...
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