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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You probably do have a power steering leak. Check the fluid again, it's most likely low if you are having an increasing problem with it. As the fluid is drained slowly through the leak it allows air bubbles to enter the system and cause it to become sluggish or sticky. Get the leak fixed asap so you don't spend a huge amount on fluid and keep an eye on the fluid level.
Posted on Mar 01, 2009
Most likely the problem is the lower steering knuckle. This is the one outside of the firewall, under the vehicle and it hooks up to the power steering assist cylinder. In my opinion the knuckle has to work at an unreasonably steep angle and this compounds the problem. The knuckle (especially in salt areas starts to corrode and becomes hard to turn. Toyota says the water gets into the bearing and they beings to rust the bearing and turning the whell starts to feel stiff. I have this problem and I sprayed liberal amounts of a rust inhibitor that a local place uses to rust proof cars (They sell small spray bottles of it for $5). They are called OIL TECH in Barrie, Ontario and make up their own formula. The formula has addatives that breaks the surface tension on the oil treatment and gets it into the tiny cracks and crevices on your vehicle. I sprayed this all over the knuckle, turned it back and forth a couple of times and continued spraying. I let it sit for an hour and went for a test drive -- problem solved. You could actually see the rust on the exposed parts of the knuckle. I probably will have to do this once every month of two but what the heck. It is a lot cheaper than having to replace the steering shaft ($1000+???) Probably other types of rust proofing or lubricating oils will work. I long for the old days of grease fittings and you never had to replace ball joints and tie rod ends etc.
Posted on Aug 10, 2009
On my 2004 toyota,,,directly behind the passenger side front seat (have to push passenger seat all the way forward to see it, there is a small square flap in the carpet,,,lift that up and underneath is a big bolt which you turn counterclock wise with your spare tire lug wrench and the tire will lower to the ground. thats about it. good luck
Posted on Oct 12, 2009
SOURCE: Squeaky steering wheel?
Try using some type of lubricant on the pass through on the fire wall. If you look down under the dash by the break peddle you will see where the steering shaft goes through the firewall. Get a litium grease to spray between the shaft and the rubber groumet that it goes through. Not a whole bunch but enough. spray it a little then trun the wheel back and forth then do it again.
This should solve the problem, If it's the noise that I have been encountering lots at work.
Posted on Oct 24, 2009
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