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Power steering steering wheel does not turn

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  • Anonymous Jun 18, 2008

    put a new powersteering pump on and the wheel is still hard to turn if you go straight but if your turning into a corner  it fades in and out and if you lift the tires of the ground it gets eassier  put it back on the ground it grts hard again
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  • defense_six Feb 09, 2009

    I have a 2002 durango slt+, just got it actually and I have noticed some problems in full lock turns. Is this a normal problem? Or a 4x4 problem? It feels like the truck stops dead in its tacks in a tight turn, almost like the tires are rubbing badly but I have stock sized tires and rims.

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If it does not turn PERIOD, I would say the problem is in the column or the steering linkage. If it just hard to turn, more than likely its in the boost or pump.

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