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02 Santa Fe: Steering hard after going through deep puddle

I'm trying to figure out what happens when I go through deep puddles in my 02 Santa Fe. It's as if the steering wheel locks up and won't let me pull the completely around a turn but then I go a little further and everything goes back to normal. And it only seems to happen after going through semi-deep puddles where I have to slow down quite a bit (say, at a stop sign). Sometimes, it makes it squeaking noise when I turn the wheel while this is all happening, too. But, when it all goes back to normal everything is fine. Could this possibly be my belt, which I just replaced at the end of last summer? Or something completely different? Any suggestions will help!

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Chances are the belt is getting so wet its slipping on the pulley causing you to lose power assist temporarily

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