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Hard steering i drove to work, turned the car off came back out 5 minutes later and the car was almost impossible to steer. I put fluid in it and drove around but still no change, it still was almost impossible to steer. The car has the option to change between plush, normal, and firm steering. what is the problem..

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  • marionbagget May 11, 2010

    Did you try the plush, normal, firm steering options ?
    Serpentine belt ok ?

  • Dave  C
    Dave C May 11, 2010

    The first thing to check would be the belt tension if the fluid reservoir is full. Next stop would be the dealer. If it has variable assist, there is likely an electric solenoid that is modulated to control hydraulic pressure to the steering system and it will have to be checked by a professional.

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    fplqnewc May 11, 2010

    Have you checked the power steering belt? When you put fluid in was the reservoir empty or just a little low? Even firm steering shouldn't be impossible to steer. Have you tried the other steering options to see if there is a difference? The steering option probably controls the amount of power steering fluid to let by the pump and so worst case would be that the steering option switch has failed and NO fluid is going to the pump, or the belt broke.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    was it low on fluid?

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This is caused by the voltage to the power steering module being too low. That is causing the power steering to dis-engage. You should have your charging system check. You probably have bad battery or a bad alternator.
Some auto parts stores and Sears will do it for not cost.

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Check the Serpentine belt. If it's loose, not only will the power steering be very difficult but it will tend to run hot and eventually overheat. The belt may be worn and slipping as well. If this isn't the issue, you may have a leak coming from the power steering hose (you had to add fluid). Have someone in the car turning the wheel while you watch under the hood watching the power steering pump. With the fluid full, you should immediately see any leaks right away while the wheel is being turned. Hope this helps with your problem. Best of luck to you!

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