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Power steering stiff . Run better at high speed

Fluid is okay

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    honeymokey May 11, 2010

    Rack and pinion may be going bad, Check fluid Also put a little Hi-tach oil additive in it.

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On the steering rack the is a releaf valve it makes your steering easer at slow speed. Alot of times the wire that goes to this is broke or the vavle could be bad. Check the mire first!

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Sounds like pump has failed replace the pump
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