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2001 corolla power steering in cold weather

I just started to notice that I am not geting power steering until cars runs a while. Do cold temps have anything to do with this? Is this a fluid issue or loose belt issue? Difficult (without power steering) to get out of tight spaces. Car is parked on street ie not in garage so fully exposed to latest near zero temps. Dont want to take in for repair if there is something simple I can do myself..

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  • kahoona Jan 19, 2009

    You were right on here - slightly lower fluid was the issue - Thanks for your advice

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Boy the temperature has been crazy! The fluids are affected by temperature and depending on where you live can make a huge difference. If the belt is not tight the fluid maybe getting airated enough that it is causing the problem. Check your fluid level and make certain you have the proper amount. Make sure your belt is tight, no more than 1/4" defection total. If your pump is leaking, once you fill it, turn the wheels in both directions to expel any air in the system. Hope this helps.
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