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I have a 2007 toyota camry altese with 244,000km, it rides nice but the steering wheel is centred to be straight ahead and it feels like you have to overcome a spring or force to turn the wheel, if you pull the wheel around about 1/4 turn and let it go it snaps back to the centre position like it has a spring and detent. I think its worse at low speed. Tyres are 32 psi and suspension looks and appears to work OK

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I would start by having the drive belt checked for wear then getting a wheel alignment done. These camrys do have quite a stiff feeling in the steering, though if it feels quite tight I would have it checked out to see if there is a problem in the rack.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011

Testimonial: "Not sure about the belt temsion comment but will look into it. Thanks"

  • tim_in_nz Mar 26, 2011

    RE the belt tension, as you begin to turn the power steering pump loads up, this initial loading is enough to cause a worn belt to slip momentarily. If it was the belt, the steering would be noticeably harder at slow speeds or when you aren't moving. The tension is automatically adjusted. :)

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2011

    Thanks for the tips but I believe we have found the issue, apparantly the power steering unit has a shaft with nylon bushings which can wear and cause a little of the oil pressure to leak and efffect the steeing feel. nothing dangerous and most wouldn't notice but I do feel better now I know what it is. I'l fix it one day.




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