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I am being told to replace the bolt joint because the steering is making a squeaking, grating sound when I turn it. Do you think I should replace it or try the power steering fluid?

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Check power steering add if needed if still squeaking check see if belt sliping if not that check the front end parts like ball joint and wheel bearing

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