I was trying to move my car out of snow yesterday and my steering wheel went really stiff and hard to turn. I added some power steering fluid to it today and it seemed to loosen the wheel a bit but only for a few moments before it became really tough to turn...it felt like I was over turning the wheel and having to make wide turns. The belt seems to be fine and I do not see any fluid leaking under the car. Any suggestions on the problem or anything more i can look at?
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Re: steering is stiff
The problem could be contamination in ps fluid.i would flush the system and replace fluid first .if that does not solve the pronlem you most likely need power steering pump. the steerjng box is very unlikely.
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Engine running ask someone to turn steering wheel for you . Look for power steering hose move like there is pressure. and noise from power steering pump . if not change power steering pump
You don't really need power assistance when moving on the road ... where you need it more specially in parking or not really moving
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You may have snow packed in your wheel wells and steering linkages. See if you can get it to a car wash to make short work of it or use a screw driver like an ice pick if you've got the fortitude. Wear eye protection.
Hello! The place that you put the fluid into is opaque...You should see the fluid moving around inside...This shows that the pump is, in fact, "pumping" if it is not moving, shut off the engine... push down and up on the belt...It should only move about 3/4"...Any more then that may be a sign that the belt is loose and slipping...Here is a picture of Miss Vicky's belt...How old is the belt?? May need to replace...If you hear a whining noise from the pump when turning the wheel there is air trapped in the lines...Jack up the front...remove the fluid cap and turn the wheels lock to lock several times...Top off with fluid and try it out...No improvement ? buy a new pump...Saailer
Hi, Your Malibu has Electronic assist steering. Some malfunction occurred when the light came on. May have been a loose connection. You will be able to steer the car if the malfunction re-appears. It will steer hard standing still but as you move it will get easier. Best to take it to a shop and see if there are any codes stored to help locate the original power steering light malfunction.
may possibly be the ball joints or tie rod ends. to check... jack the vehicle up. make sure it's support safely and you have a back up in case the jack fails.
now grab the wheel in the 9 and 3 o'clock position.... try and move the wheel side to side.... if it moves you likely have a bad tie rod... next place your hands on the wheel at the 12 and 6 o'clock position and try to move the wheel up and down. if it moves.. the ball joint needs to be replaced. repeat those test on the other wheel as well.