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Can barely turn and steering itself is very difficult. does better when going at a faster speed

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  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett May 11, 2010

    Power steering pump may be going bad!!!!

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Your power steering rack has failed. Could be the pump or the belt. Have a mechanic check it out. Check the fluid level.

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