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Old 03-21-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
TomaSK
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Default Awkward Power Steering Issue *Input Needed*

I'm having quite the serious issue with my power steering. I've been searching and reading numerous topics related to power steering here on Nasioc and on Google, but can't seem to find someone who is having the same issue as me. If you guys could help by inputting some ideas that would be great!


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Symptoms:
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-Power steering feels like it hiccups when trying to turn; whether it be at low speeds or high speeds
-Steering wheel gets very stiff, almost feels as if it locks up but doesn't
-The wheel doesn't align back when coming out of a turn; could be a sharp turn or a slight turn (I have to manually turn the wheel back in order to go straight)
-Random short periods of time where it feels as if I got my regular power steering back (lasts only a couple of seconds but doesn't happen too often)

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*NOTE*
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-There is no whining noise at all, everything is as quite as it can be
-Belt is fine, grooves are good; not loose at all
-Steering pump pulley is rotating like normal
-Fluid level is normal
-Absolutely no leaks at all

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To-Do List:
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-Flush power steering fluid ??
(What's the best way to do this? Pump from the reservoir or unhook the return hose?)
-WD-40 the steering knuckle ??
(I heard steering knuckles can get rusty throughout time)
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:51 PM   #2
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Okay guys, so it seems I have fixed the issue. If anyone else has this same problem and reads this thread, these are the things I did.

-I flushed out the power steering reservoir about 3-4 times and filled it using the Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF (Dexron III)
-I also used PB Blaster on the steering knuckle and turned the wheel numerous times to make sure it got in.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:00 PM   #3
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Ive been having this issue as well. I will definitely look into what you've done. Thanks!
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