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Steering wheel hard to turn when car is stopped and idling.

When stepping on the accelerator the steering loosens. There is not any noise or leaks. The reservoir is full. Could this still be the power steering pump?

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The power steering only turns good when your accelerating then the pump is bad .it will not build pressure unless the pump runs faster ,replace the pump its about $300 installed at a shop.please rank this thanks.

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    the belt is a serpentine belt with a self tensioner it will not be loose.

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Check the powersteer pump belt first, it could be loose enough to slip at low rpm.

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Yes. From what you are telling me the pump is not preforming well. See if you can have it tested. If not replace it.

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