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My steering is very hard i need 2 hands to steer my car into a space i have to turn steering wheel with lots of effort

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There could be a simple reason for this,you may need power steering fluid.THis can be checked under the hood.
Look for the power steering fluid reservoir and make sure its full.

Another problem may be the belt that turns the pump or the power steering pump itself.Usually there would be some noise associated with this.If this is the case have the car looked at by a mechanic.

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I have the same car and don't get bent at this answer .... but if you bought it used and don't know the full extent of the car check the computer and change the steering to low or normal effort ... High effort is harder than my z28 used to be ... and going around entrance/exit ramps you really have to put some effort into it ...

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