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Have a 2005 sunfire when I put in reverse it makes a sqeaky sound and when I put in drive it has a lot of pressure when driving and steering is stiff.

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This could be several things ,"sqeaky " my be a lose power stearing belt and would explain the stiff stearing , this is an easy fix , and can be checked for free at most auto part stores . hope thi helps

Posted on Nov 18, 2014


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transmission range sensor needs changing $74 brand new from napa
mine broke and the radio,windows and power steering stopped working put new sensor on worked perfect,

until i took it to oil can henrys to have a transmisson flush please dont have that done or you will have to replace the whole gear box

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do you live in high salted areas? If so, My freestyle had the same problem. It's the joint in the steering column (you can see it from underneath the vehicle) Just keep it lubed. I had to replace mine because it had worn out. Expensive. Also, it could be the bearings on top of your front struts. Dirt gets into it and binds it up. Poor engineering designs.

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If its in 4WD thats normal. On hard, dry, pavement its binding up because the front wheels and the rear wheels are turning at different speeds.

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SOURCE: 2004 pontiac sunfire won't drive forward but goes

this also happened on my 2004 pontiac sunfire! It will only go in reverse! What happened with your car when you got it diagnosed?

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SOURCE: power steering belt

Not too difficult to do it right there apparently

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