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The steering in my '95 mitsi diamante is very heavy, especially at low speeds and in reverse, yet the power steering reservoir dipstick reads like it has plenty of fluid and it is not leaking. what could be causing this?

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If your power steering pump is not functioning properly, it doesn't matter how much fluid is in the reservoir, it will not work. Have the pump checked out.

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Chances are its not the power steering motor at all, Its more than likely the steering rack itself. Normally after a while the seals degraded and tends to leak air and then fluid. More than likely you need to replace the seals or in a bad case the rack itself. Its a bit complexed for a quick fix but your local mechanic should be able to do this for you..

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