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I have a tight steering wheel and the power steering fluid is normal and the tires are inflated normal.

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Power steering rack is not getting enough fluid could be leaking
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Why does steer so hard


Unfortunately there are several reasons why it could turn hard.
1) Low tire pressure. Make sure the tires are inflated properly.
2) Power steering fluid low. Normally low fluid will make a noisy sound when the engine is running.
3) A suspension component such as a ball joint or tie-rod end that has begun to seize up.
I would check all of those issues first before moving on to the power steering pump or steering rack.
Good luck.

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Very hard to turn steering wheel


Um... the video didn't demonstrate anything, only showed the steering wheel and the key.

If the engine is running, the tires aren't jammed against solid objects, there's no noise from the pump, the belt is tight, the power steering reservoir is full of fluid, and the steering wheel is still very hard to turn... then I suspect that the power steering pump has simply worn out badly and needs to be replaced.

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We changeelectronic power steering but it hard to drive


The power steering might hard due to:
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-Front tires (improperly inflated, unevenly worn).
-Front wheel alignment (incorrect).
-Front suspension (Lower ball joint) .
-Steering gear assembly.
-Power steering motor.
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-Power source voltage of power steering ECU.
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Check power steering fluid, should be clean and clear, if it's cloudy or milky, then water has contaminated it, which will make it harder to steer., especially in cold weather. Check filler cap for small leak which will allow water to enter. Check front tires for low inflation, which will also make it hard to steer..

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Squeaks loud when turning the wheel mostly to the right. I have checked the power steering fluid, it is at the correct level. Its the kind of squeaking as if it were the tires inside an automotive shop,...


This sounds like the power steering belt is slipping, this will cause a loud squeal, check all the belts and make sure they are good and tight, mostlikly its the power steering belt as the noise only happens when the wheel is turned.

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HOW TO REPLACE A POWER STEERING HOSE


FIRST OF ALL YOU HAVE TO REMOVE POWER STEERING FLUID.USING A SUCTION GUN OR LARGE SYRINGE.REMOVE MUCH FLUID AS POSSIBLE.WHEN DONE REMOVING POWER STEERING FLUID.YOU NEED A INLINE WRENCH AND OPEN BOX END WRENCH TO REMOVE THE POWER STEERING HOSE.YOU HAVE TO REMOVE POWER STEERING LINE FROM THE RACK.UNDER THE CAR SAFELY RAISE AND SUPPORT VECHICLE. THEN REMOVE THE TIRE OR WHEEL.THEN REMOVE THE INNER FENDER SPLASH SHIELD.ITS GOING TO BE A TIGHT FIT AND HARD PLACE TO GET YOUR HAND TO REMOVE THE POWER STEERING LINE FROM BOTTOM.WHEN DONE.MAKE SURE NEW POWER STEERING HOSE OR LINE HAS NEW O RINGS.WHEN INSTALLING THE THE NEW STEERING HOSE.WHEN ALL IS DONE BLEED POWER STEERING SYSTEM. FILL UP POWER STEERING PUMP TO CORRECT FLUID LEVEL.THEN LET IT SET FOR 2 MINUTES UNDISTURBED.THEN START THE ENGINE RUN IT FOR 2 TO 3 SECONDS.ONLY CHECK THE RESERVOIR AND ADD MORE FLUID AS NECESSARY.REPEAT THE OPERATION UNTIL THE FLUID LEVEL REMAIN CONSTANT.NOW RAISE FRONT OF THE CAR UNTIL THE WHEELS CLEAR THE GROUND START THE ENGINE AND INCREASE THE SPEED TO ABOUT 1500 RPM.NOW TURN THE STEERING WHEEL GENTLY FROM STOP TO STOP CHECK THE FLUID LEVEL.LOWER THE VECHICLE TO THE GROUND WITH ENGINE STILL RUNNING MOVE THE CAR FORWARD SUFFICIENTY TO OBTAIN FULL RIGHT LOCK FOLLOWED BY FULL LEFT LOCK BUT DONT HOLD THE SREERING WHEEL FIRMLY AGAINST THE STOPS.RECHECK THE FLUID LEVEL IF THE FLUID IN THE RESERVOIR IS EXTREMELY FOAMY ALLOW THE CAR TO STAND FOR A FEW MINUTES.WITH ENGINE OFF.WHEN JOB IS FINISH. WARNING DONT DRIVE CAR ON ROAD IF YOUR FLUID STILL FOAMY OR POWER STEERING PUMP MAKE NOISES.REBLEED THE SYSTEM AND CHECK FLUID LEVEL AND CHECK FOR LEAKS.DONT DRIVE CAR UNTIL YOU START FEELING NORMAL STEERING.IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE DONT DRIVE.HAVE IT TOWED TO THE NEAREST GARAGE.

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Power steering wheel feels heavy and sluggish


First, check your tire pressure as that may be a sign of under-inflated front tires (but check them all) and if that's all good, check to make sure the power steering reservoir is full of its fluid.

Regards,
matt

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PS stops working at times until I do a restart. Even then, it feels real loose turning left and very tight turning right.


Here is a check list I have my technicians use for diagnosing this kind os issue. Increase in Effort While Turning Steering Wheel Step Action Yes No 1 Did you review the Power Steering System Description and Operation and perform the necessary inspections? Go to Step 2 Go to Power Steering System Description and Operation 2 Verify that there is an increase in effort while turning is present. Does the system operate normally? System OK Go to Step 3 3 Check for the following tire related conditions: ? Incorrect tire inflation--Refer to Tire Inflation Pressure Specifications in Maintenance and Lubrication. ? Improper tire size Did you find and correct the condition? Go to Step 10 Go to Step 4 4 Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information. Check for a binding or worn tie rod end. Is the tie rod binding or worn? Go to Step 7 Go to Step 5 5 Check for a worn or binding intermediate shaft. Is the intermediate shaft worn or binding? Go to Step 8 Go to Step 6 6 Check for a worn or binding steering gear. Is the steering worn or binding? Go to Step 9 System OK 7 Replace the outer tie rod end. Refer to Rack and Pinion Outer Tie Rod End Replacement . Did you complete the repair? Go to Step 10 -- 8 Replace the intermediate shaft. Refer to Intermediate Steering Shaft Replacement in Steering Wheel and Column. Did you complete the repair? Go to Step 10 -- 9 Replace the steering gear. Refer to Steering Gear Replacement . Did you complete the repair? Go to Step 10 -- 10 Operate the system in order to verify the repair. Did you correct the condition? System OK Go to Step 3

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