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The power steering makes a cracking sound and will

The power steering makes a clunking sound and will not steer left or right.we could not park the car under carport. It sounds like it needs oil and makes noise. it will turn alright if its in motion but once you stop or go slow it gets very hard to steer the steering wheel.

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Probably low or out of fluid ... you probably cannot repair this. Please have it looked at before more damage is done to your system.

You can put oil in it ... if it is leaking, that is temporary. This leak needs to be fixed.

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I would start there, hope this helps
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