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Steering wheel is difficult to turn and power steering fluid is full I was spinning the tires at different speeds and now it takes a lot of force to turn the wheel around a corner

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Is belt on, if so could have lost p/s pump

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Cars steering wheel hard turn


I hope you are using the right PS fluid for your vehicle! Have you checked that?

Power steering systems are tricky. Whenever you add fluid, you should (with the engine running and PS pump turning), turn the wheels ALL the way, both left and right while creeping as slow as a snail on an open parking lot ... at least twice (like R-I-G-H-T, then L-E-F-T, then R-I-G-H-T, then L-E-F-T)! Then re-check the PS fluid level again, and if still low, repeat the whole process! DON'T turn the steering wheel too fast!

Apr 24, 2017 | Chevrolet Malibu Cars & Trucks

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Steering is noisy at slow speeds when turning


This car is essentailly the same as the Lincoln LS & T-Bird.
Here is their solution.

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ISSUE: Some 2003-2005 Thunderbird, Aviator, and Lincoln LS vehicles may exhibit steering gear squeak when turning the steering wheel, especially during low speed parking maneuvers. The noise may sound like it is coming from the steering column area and may be felt as a roughness in the steering wheel, while turning.
ACTION: Refer to the following Service Procedure.
SERVICE PROCEDURE NOTE: USE ONLY THE FLUID AND ADDITIVE SPECIFIED IN THIS ARTICLE. USING ANY OTHER FLUIDS OR ADDITIVES MAY RESULT IN SEAL DETERIORATION AND LEAKS.
  1. Open the hood and remove the power steering reservoir cap.
  2. Raise the vehicle on a hoist. Refer to Workshop Manual, Section 100-00.
  3. With engine off, drain power steering fluid by disconnecting steering lines and clamp plate from steering gear. Refer to Steering Gear Removal and Installation procedure in Workshop Manual, Section 211-00, follow only the steps required to disconnect the steering lines.
  4. Turn steering wheel lock-to-lock to drain fluid completely.
  5. Reconnect steering lines and clamp plate to steering gear. Torque retainer to 15 N-m (11 lb-ft) for Lincoln LS and Thunderbird, torque to 25 N-m (18 lb-ft) for Aviator.
  6. Lower vehicle.
  7. In a clean container mix 50 ml (10 teaspoons or 1.7 oz.) of Motorcraft Additive Friction Modifier, Part Number XL-3, with 50 ml of Motorcraft MERCON® Multi-Purpose Automatic Transmission Fluid, Part Number XT-2-QDX. NOTE: DO NOT PERFORM STEPS 8 AND 9 ON A HOT VEHICLE.
  8. Pour the above mixture into the power steering reservoir.
  9. Top off (fill) the power steering system with Motorcraft MERCON® Multi-Purpose Automatic Transmission Fluid, Part Number XT-2-QDX and reinstall the power steering reservoir cap.
  10. Raise vehicle on hoist enough so the front wheels are off the ground and can be turned from lock-to-lock.
  11. Start the engine and keep it at idle. Remain inside of the vehicle.
  12. Slowly cycle the steering wheel from lock-to-lock for two (2) minutes.
  13. Quickly and forcefully turn the steering wheel in one direction to full lock (either side). Bounce the steering wheel on/off of full lock twenty (20) times forcefully. NOTE: IT IS CRITICAL THAT THE STEERING WHEEL IS TURNED QUICKLY AND FORCEFULLY IN ORDER TO CREATE A PRESSURE SPIKE IN THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM.
  14. Repeat Step 13 in the other direction. Return the steering wheel to on center position.
  15. Slowly turn steering wheel to full lock in one direction (either direction) to achieve maximum pump pressure. Hold at full lock for one (1) second, then turn the steering wheel back 90 degrees as quickly as possible. Repeat this procedure twenty (20) times. NOTE: DO NOT HOLD THE STEERING WHEEL AGAINST THE STOPS FOR MORE THAN THREE TO FIVE (3-5) SECONDS AT A TIME. DAMAGE TO THE POWER STEERING PUMP MAY OCCUR.
  16. Repeat Step 15 in the other direction.
  17. Cycle the steering wheel slowly for 1 minute to confirm that the squeak is corrected and return vehicle to the customer. NOTE: IF THE SQUEAK CONTINUES, REPEAT STEPS 13-16 ONE ADDITIONAL TIME. IF THE SQUEAK IS STILL NOT CORRECTED PROCEED TO STEP 18.
  18. If the squeak is still present after performing Step 17, replace the steering gear. Refer to Workshop Manual, Section 211-00 for removal and installation procedures.

PART NUMBER PART NAME XL-3 Motorcraft Additive Friction Modifier XT-2-QDX Motorcraft MERCON® Multi-Purpose Automatic Transmission Fluid 5W4Z-3504-A Steering Gear (LS) 5W6Z-3504-A Steering Gear (Thunderbird) 5C5Z-3504-AA Steering Gear (Aviator)

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My steering is difficult to operate while sitting still, but works fine when im driving. the vehicle is a 2003 jetta tdi. any ideas? This just recently started; I have recently had my tires rotated and...


Check your power steering fluid level, it seems that it is low on fluid. If it is low then check for leaks. The power steering works off of a serpentine belt, during idle the belt doesn't spin that fast thus making the power steering pump not work as much. During driving speed the belt spins fast making the pump work more efficient but do keep in mind there isn't a lot of strain on the steering when moving.

Mar 07, 2011 | 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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I have a constant wobble at the steering wheel when driving in a straight line which does disapear when turning also the steering is sometimes jumpy and also have a loud sqealing noise on either full lock...


The noise at full lock is the pump screaming for mercy. All power steering pumps will complain a bit if the steering is held at full lock. Now, if the belt to the pump is loose, it will scream even louder, because holding the steering at full lock will cause the belt to slip. There is also a technical service bulletin for your vehicle concerning loud power steering noise which involves replacing the fluid lines and.or fluid cooler. This is not cause for concern, but an aggravation to the ears.

The "wobble" thing in the steering wheel is a whole different story. If it is wobbling all the time, it would almost have to be a tire/wheel or axle problem. I know you said this is not the problem, but I think you need to look again. Try rotating the tires to the back and see if the wobble changes. A very severerly warped brake rotor can cause this also, but will be much worse during braking. A bad axle shaft can also cause a wobble in the steering. This is consistent with your description of the problem changing during turns...A bad axle shaft can do this. Also check for looseness in the front wheel bearings.

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Hello, I have a Suzuki Grand Vitara (2006). This morning, all of a sudden, I found it very difficult to turn left and right. It drives fine if I don't have to turn. :( The steering wheel gets very hard...


well, the first thing to check is the power steering fluid, make sure thats full. next thing is to make sure the belt is still on for the power steering and that it is tight,a loose or missing belt will cause this, if the fluid is full and belt is tight then we may be looking at a bad power steering pump or steering gear. to find out which of the two is the problem a preasure test needs to be done on the pump. hope this helps.

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Can turning steering wheel side to side at full lock while stationary stretch or damage cv joints. I was told by one source that it could, but i'm not so sure? Thought they were designed to be able to do...


The damage comes from high speed rotations at each respective lock. Simply turning wheels lock to lock will do nothing to damage your CV joints. However if you were to be stuck in snow and spin wheels at high speed at either of the far lock positions (R or L) I would expect to find a potentially ripped CV boot.

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CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID IT COULD BE TOO LOW.OR YOU HAVE INCORRECT TIRE PRESSURE.LACK OF LUBRICATION AT STEERING JOINTS.YOUR FRONT END OUT OF ALIGNMENT.YOU COULD HAVE A FAULTY POWER STEERING PUMP.OR YOU HAVE A LOT OF AIR IN POWER STEERING SYSTEM.YOU HAVE TO BLEED AIR OUT OF POWER STEERING PUMP.CHECK POWER STEERING PUMP HOSES.MAKE SURE.NONE ARE LEAKING OUT FLUID.

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If it is hard to turn in both directions check power steering pump fluid level. Also with both front wheels off the ground key on engine off, turn the tires manually at one of the front tires and turn with the steering wheel engine off. Check for binding (they will require effort to turn) you are looking for a change in effort.

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Try to bleed all air from the power steering system:raise the front of the vehicle off the ground just until the tires are off the ground,start the engine,make sure the fluid is at the proper level,while engine is idleing turn the steering wheel from lock to lock in both directions( do not hold at full lock for more than a second) repeatedly,at a average turning speed back and forth about 10 to 15 times,shut engine off, lower vehicle,check fluid level once again,take out for test drive for at least 10 to 15 minutes,if noise is still present then it's time to replace the power steering pump.Good luck!

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