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Sluggish steering - 2005 Toyota Sienna

At last oil change the power steering fluid level was low. It was topped up. Over the past couple weeks the steering has become increasingly sluggish. The snow tires are properly inflated. The fluid level is fine. I saw an online reference to a problem with the power steering hoses cracking at the radiator(?). Suggestions? Thanks.

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  • jimkilleen22 Mar 05, 2009

    A friend suggested draining the fluid and replacing it with Lucas power steering fluid - to seal any leaks and recondition seals etc. It didn't work. The fluid levels are still fine. A girl at work had her high pressure hose replaced to fix a similar problem - but I'm not losing fluid. Another buddy was online and found a Sienna design flaw re northern climates.....buildup of road salt etc. on the intermediate shaft of the steering column....I'll try that next before looking at the hoses, pump or worst yet - the rack.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2009

    I have a 2004 CE Sienna and have the same sluggish steering problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    l322 2004 vogue.steering ok on start up and low speed but graduley goes stiff and remains constant stiff fluid levels ok tyres ok would be grateful for any help thank you

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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.

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