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Steering is very hard. does not make noise, fluid and belts are fine. happened suddenly. iwas parked with the engine off for about 10 minutes in -4 F weather. when i started up the car and drove it the power steering was gone!

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Hello i can assist you.Withe engine running remove your power steering reservoir cap and see if your power steering fluid is swirling if not it will be your power steering rack has failed internally and will need to be replaced.

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