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Power steering problems

I've been having problems with the power steering on my 02 sedona. It comes & goes & the problem is when turning the wheel will become very hard to turn, then go back to normal. There does appear to be a small power steering fluid leaking out of a small metal hose that is located in front of the radiator (I don't know what the part is, but I think that may need to be replaced). It has never been completely out of ps fluid, but has run lower. The place I have the oil changed at says i need a new ps pump & a new rack & pinion (for about $1,000.) I don't know if that is what is needed, but would like to replace the part I described above first. Any idea what it is? Any idea on where to find a diagram of the engine so I can identify it?
Thanks I was driving down the highway at 30 degrees temperatures. I almost had an accident because of the hard steering. Sedona has 95,000 miles. I hope its something minor. I don't see any leaking of the power steering fluid. The container is at max level.

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  • usfeliciano Mar 31, 2009

    I am having the same problem with the steering. I have replaced the power steering pump and the rack and pinion twice wit no change. My Kia is a 2002. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know!

  • francois1212 Apr 19, 2009

    I have the same problem with my sedona 2002.Hard to turn and 2 seconds later back to normal.

  • mehmood246 Apr 23, 2009

    2001 kia sedona.Steering stiff and heavy,when i turn corners steering doesnt come back its self

  • rbreban May 20, 2009

    Mine does the same stuff

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Very common on the Sedonas, the intermediate shaft u-joint becomes corroded from road grime/salt TSB(KT2008101402). It connects the steering wheel to the rack outside the firewall. It will bind and then release, but will work fine for a while, when oiled or soaked with water (while it's raining). The only solution is replacement...easy to do (1/2 hour job for DIY'r). part #0K52Y 32550

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

  • Mary Hennessy Jan 15, 2014

    Had the entire steering system replaced and still had the problem. Turned out it was the u-joint. My mechanic was so embarrased that he didn't catch it that he replaced it for free!

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Had same problum power steering was easy and stiff intermittantly. sprayed u-joint on steering shaft next to firewall. worked to free it up but i will need to replace it. had to crawal under van to get to it. does not look easy unless you have a lift and a full set of tools. I put it on jack stands and turned the steering wheel left and right before i sprayed it, was stiff, went back to normal easy steering after i sprayed it with a lubricunt. hope this helps out.

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Folks, this was a $500 win for me. Jacked up the van and sprayed first some wd-40 on the universal joint and then some motor oil. It was like a miracle. CSteering is completely back to normal with just a little lock to lock turning and driving around. The U-joint WAS very cruddy from the road grit and salt. Thanks!

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I have the same. I recon it happens only if I do not drive a lot and it is been left in rain over night. Do not know why but if I drive every day it never happens. It is been a year now and it never came back. As my mechanic says LID (let it develop)

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  • xeniacoffee Feb 15, 2011

    I am experiencing the same problem. Will try the lubrication fix before spending a bunch on a new pump, etc.

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I have the same problem my friend that is a mechanic said is the belt that helps the wheel turn and it is $527 for the part plus labor. I don't know if i can believe that. Its so much money

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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SOURCE: 2004 kia sedona front end issues

This is a known problem and has been increasingly noted by sedona owners. Steering shaft becomes corroded making vehicle steer hard. They say due to salt but if you live anywhere it snows you cant avoid it.

Model/Build Years: KIA / SEDONA 2002-2005
Service Bulletin Number : TSB-019 NHTSA Item Number : 10027724 Summary Description : KIA: INCREASED STEERING EFFORT. IN AREAS WHERE HEAVY ROAD SALT USE OCCURS, INCREASED STEERING EFFORT AND NOISE (FROM STEERING INTERMEDIATE SHAFT) FOR SOME SEDONA. *PE


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SOURCE: 2003 Sedona: what causes my Kia Sedona to beep when turning the...

try adding brake fluid to the max level

Posted on Jun 12, 2010

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SOURCE: I have a 2003 kia sedona with approx. 122,300

$280 for a reman rack
$80 for the inner / outer tie rod set

low pressure hose ????
high pressure hose ???

$15 steering fluid

3 hours labor @$120

Your shop is right on the money.

Just make sure the low and high pressure hoses are in the deal.


Posted on Jul 15, 2009

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