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WHEN I NOTICED THE STEERING BEING HARD, THE FIRST THING I CHECKED WAS THE STEERIG FLUID. IT WAS A LITTLE LOW SO I PUT SOME IN IT. IM POSITIVE I DID NOT OVER FILL IT. I DROVE IT AROUND AND STILL IT IS VERY HARD TO TURN. WHY IS IT STILL HARD TO TURN?

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Lincoln 1997 Continental

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 a bad battery or a bad alternator.
Some auto parts stores and Sears will do it for no cost.

Posted on May 08, 2009

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