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Old 07-03-2005, 07:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys...

I tend to notice little things when i'm driving alone for hourss...and so here's a question

I think my power steering is getting heavier after I drive quite a while.
I mean it was normal when first drive the car, but then it grows heavier then.

Is it normal?

Power steering fluid is ok so far...
But I do notice there's a rubbing sound from the stering wheel (where it connects to the steering column) when i turn the wheel rather quickly.

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could be your arms are getting tired...try raising up your seat and driving with your shoulders above the steering wheel.
At least your elbows should be aligned with the middle of the wheel.

Unless your powersteering fluid is low, leaking, the powersteer fluid container cap is loose, or you put thw wrong brand of PS fluid in there, this should be a problem.
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check the hoses to see if they have become soft.
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If I was you... I'd make sure there was no power steering fluid in the resevroir...

Yes thats right .... none of it... Your power steering system takes ATF fluid... if it has power steering fluid... then it will boil that fluid and slowly become harder to turn and the fluid will disapear slowly... I know.. I've done it before....

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Following what LEs said: I would just take the current fluid out and make sure I put ATF in there
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