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Steering wheel feels heavy and hard to turn,also the handbrake is bumby when released

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You have ran out of ATF or either your belt snaped

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It could be the pump, or you could also be low on power steering fluid. First off, check the level of the fluid and make sure it's adequate. Next, you can "burp" the power steering system easily, which will get rid of any air bubbles that could be in there. Easiest way is to jack the front end off the ground (both wheels), start the engine, take off the power steering fluid reservoir cap, and turn the wheel side to side as far as it'll go, several times. This circulates the fluid through the system and pushes any bubbles in there up to the reservoir, where they'll float up to the top and "burp" into the air.

If neither of those things works, you may have problems with the steering rack and pinion, or possibly with your suspension (check the tie rods, inner and outer, as well as the bushings in the various suspension pieces).

Posted on Jul 25, 2008

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SOURCE: steering wheel hard to turn; power steering fluid is full

Hi,
Intermittent hard power steering, at the begining of the turn of the steering wheel, once disturbed past the hard part, works normal.
Had fluid change, I notice a sensor, on the control block tower of the rack, is this at fault ? thanks buckleyeng.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

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SOURCE: hard to steer,noises from bottom of car when i steer

You need to Replace the Power Steering Pump. That is also the Noise that you are Hearing.

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SOURCE: car shudders when braking at speed, can feel it

does it have abs if so if you brake hard it will shudder its normal if no abs then front disc rotors may need to be ground

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SOURCE: power steering wheel feels heavy and sluggish

First, check your tire pressure as that may be a sign of under-inflated front tires (but check them all) and if that's all good, check to make sure the power steering reservoir is full of its fluid.

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Posted on Sep 15, 2009

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