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My 2004 dodge stratus won't steer

This morning when I went to leave for work my car felt like a truck with manual steering and it squeeled. I just put it back in my parking space and got a ride.

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Well it's one of three things:
1. The fluid has leaked out and you should check for leaks and check the fluid level.
2. If the level is fine your power steering pump could be bad.
3. If the level is fine your rack and pinion could be bad.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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