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When driving i have trouble with my steering wheel turning to the right. It turns fine to the left. Even when my car is stationary i have the same problem. When i do turn it to the right it makes a hissing sound. Also when i turn my steering wheel to the left it goes to the left and will keep going till it is completely upside down. What could this be?

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Sounds like you need a new steering pump. You can check the steering pump fluid level first though.

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On the advice of a friend, I turned my steering wheel full lock bout 15 times while stationary in drive. to try and get some potential air out of the rack. The car is fairly new, only about 8 months old. I...

"I turned my steering wheel full lock bout 15 times while stationary in drive. to try and get some potential air out of the rack."

What made you suspect there was air in there to begin with? Air only gets in if fluid has leaked out, and a leak is a serious matter. Follow the instructions in your vehicle handbook and check the power steering fluid level.
"The car is fairly new, only about 8 months old."

So it's still under warranty. Don't waste time with this if there's evidence of a potential problem, get the dealer to check any faults.

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It won't have done the tyres any favours, but you'd be unlucky if you've done this on one occasion and suffered damage to anything else. Regular stationary steering causes excessive tyre wear and can delaminate the tread blocks from the tyre carcase.

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Ummm, no. Not unless they were taught to drive by an idiot or have picked up bad habits since then. There's a vast difference between steering when the wheels are moving, even at the very slow speeds involved during parallel parking, and stationary steering.

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Nothing has happened to your car, has it? Otherwise I'm sure that you'd have mentioned it. So stop panicking and don't worry. Don't do it again and treat what your friend says with caution in future.

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While stationary, turn the steering fully to the left and then pull away slowly. If you hear a clonk, clonk, clonk sound it is a sign of a worn CV joint. Repeat with the steering turned to the right.

This will only manifest itself if drive is actually being supplied through the front wheels. You said the 4WD is not working - Do you know if it is driving the front or rear wheels?

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