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Battery light comes on. Hard to turn steering wheel. Why?

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SOURCE: steering wheel hard to turn on my 1989 toyota camry

check power steering pump fluid level and belt.

Posted on Mar 03, 2009

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power steering belt broken or fell off, or the pump is out of oil. The pump is down on the right hand side (passenger) between the fire wall and the engine. You should be able to see if the belt is still on. Check the resevoir for oil. It is on the same side. It's a little plastic pot with a dipstick. Let me know how you make out.

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

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SOURCE: its very hard to steer my steering wheel

Chances are you dont have any power steering fluid in your power steering pump. Either that or your pump just went out. If you ran your pump completely out it probably went out also. So the solution is probably going to be get a new pump but you can try to add some fluid first. You might get really lucky and it still work. Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: My steering wheel is heavy and when i turn the wheel it makes a lot of noise, theres also noise coming from somewhere in the front of the car as I accelerate. The battery light on the dash is on.

Replace the belt and retension it properely as it appears the the belt is slipping hence no power steering pump assist and the alternator is not driving

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