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Steering and the car chugging

I have a 1999 Cavalier Le. There are times when reversing, that the steering becomes very stiff and needs all my strength to turn the steering wheel. Another problem is, the car seems to chug along for a bit, like it is going to stall. I thought at first it was because I was under 1/4 tank of gas, so I filled the tank and after driving for a while the check engine light turned off. Than again it happened yesterday, filled the tank again, but the check engine light was still coming on. Can you help me?
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the problem could be contamination in ps fluid.i would flush the system and replace fluid first .if that does not solve the pronlem you most likely need power steering pump. the steerjng box is very unlikely.

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Major tune up and change the crank sensor and the camshaft sensor. Also look at the wire harnes for both they have a problem shorting out. Mostly the harness to the crank sensor at or above the oil filter. This wire shorts because of heat and needs to be rerouted and insulated. Also, make sure you have all your gaskets inside of the intake maniflods and throttle body is secure with no air leakes. Change all your senors on this car that seems to be the trouble with this car is the sensors........runjoe

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