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While driving 1989 Hyundai Excel (carburator), the steering began to behave erratic. Steering wheel became harder to turn left/right the longer it was driven. * Checked brand new front tyres at closest service station - fine. * Brought it to mechanic. Front wheels reported rattling so inner rack ends replaced, wheels aligned. * 50m of driving it from mechanics steering started to cease. Longer I drove the worse it became. Became unsafe to drive especially at roundabouts. Took it back to mechanics who took it for drive round the block. Car wouldn't show the same signs so I drove it round the block with the young mechanic. I could feel the wheel tightening up but mechanic suggested maybe I wasn't used to the normal steering. Told him I had owned the vehicle 21yrs and would know what normal steering feels like at 40yrs of age. Left car at mechanics & will speak to business owner come Monday. Any suggestions since the genY mechanic doesn't have a clue he says since the car is all mechanical??

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Sound like you may need a new power steering pump or rack and pinion. Have you noticed any leaks from the vehicle? If you've had the vehicle for 21yrs, then I would have to go with the power steering pump is begining to fail. Hope this helps.

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