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Power steering feels sluggish

Usually at low speeds, such as parking, power steering goes away and feels like manual (muscle) steering. Checked power steering fluid level and it is fine.

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Check your belt tension, a loose belt could cause the condition you describe.

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You need a new pump

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

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The whining noise you hear while driving and turning can be attributed to 2 different things:

1. Power steering pump/apparatus. If you've run the pump low on fluid, its bearings may be wrecked. This will cause additional strain on the engine, lowering your fuel economy. You can note this situation by the feel of the steering. Is it hard to steer while sitting still or at parking lot speeds?

2. Transmission internal gear sets/clutches. If the whining noise occurs only when in forward or reverse gears, and not in park, it is probably something along the input shaft of the transmission, which could include clutch packs, torque converter, and bearings. If the noise goes away when in Park, and steering the wheel while sitting still doesn't make it come back, disregard option #1.

Based on the situation, I'm going to choose to elaborate on #2, as I presume this is your problem.

Since you note that the problem is there when you drive and when you turn, I'm recommending transmission service. At the very least, check your fluid level.

When is the last time your transmission was checked/serviced? More than likely, you've either lost some fluid and it's running low (which can/should cause other problems as well), or the fluid isn't getting where it's supposed to be getting. Either situation will cause severely increased fuel use.

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You did not indicate whether you checked the fluid level for your power steering. Please check this first. Please read your owners manual for specific instructions!

You may be low on fluid.

The next step would be to check your engine belt. The power steering pump is driven by a belt. It is possible that you have a loose or worn belt that is not able to turn the pump sufficiently at idle, but when you rev the engine higher, the pump produces sufficient power. One way to test this is to rev the engine, then try to turn the wheel, see if you notice any difference. Let me know.

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