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My wifes honda ccord 1996's steering wheel is extremely hard to turn and is not possible to drive at all. also there is some low clanking noise at the front...dont know if its coming from the engine. my wife drove it to work in the morning without any problem and she noticed the problem when shes about to go home. called me to pick her up and to my surprise i have a hard time turning the wheels too. any ideas? PLS

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Sounds like the Power Steering drive belt broke and the belt is slapping on the block of the engine.

Posted on May 25, 2011

  • vinzky May 25, 2011

    is this expensive to repair? thanks!

  • Johnny Tumlinson May 25, 2011

    Probably not - you can do it yourself if you're inclined to. Should take less than an hour with belt in hand. Pop the hood and see if the belt is broken. If it is - go to your local parts store and get one. Most of them will also be able to rent you the tool you need to put the belt on. Make sure you go with a Gates belt. They are the best! If you take it to a mechanic expect to pay no more than $75.00.

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