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Engine revs when steering wheel is turned

Im just curious if ths is a problem?

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IF the rpm increase is slight say 500 rpm's then it may be just the ECM compensating for the load of the power steering pump while the wheels are being turned . The same effect as when the ac cuts in the rpm's go up to cover the extra load . IF you feel that it may be a problem have it checked out at a dealer service centre to give you piece of mind . Remember you do not have to do anything as it is only advice and you can get several different quotes from other shops.

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