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Why Is My Steering Wheel So Hard to Turn?

Brian Bates

There's no fun in driving a car if you struggle to steer it! Over the years of wear, your car's steering wheel may get rigid and exhibit signs of wear and tear. You should have a hard-to-turn steering wheel diagnosed and repaired by an automotive professional as soon as you encounter the symptom. You may be wondering what causes a stiff steering wheel. Here are some of the potential issues that can be causing your problem:

  • Degraded Steering Rack - If your steering wheel feels heavy on top of the rigidness, your steering rack is likely the culprit. The scorching summer weather or extreme road rubble can wear down this vital component.
  • Worn Serpentine Belt - Another potential cause of a stern steering wheel is an old or damaged serpentine belt. Wear and tear on this long snake-like belt is expected over the years. A replacement of the serpentine belt can usually fix the problem.
  • Damaged Power Steering Pump - The power steering pump creates adequate pressure, so you can twist and turn the steering wheel. If the pump is defective in any way, you're going to struggle to turn the wheel.
  • Low or Old Power Steering Fluid - Most steering wheel systems are hydraulic, requiring a clean fluid to run their mechanism. If there's a leak in the system or the fluid is contaminated, your steering functions will falter. The professionals at South Park Tire & Auto Center can change or flush your power steering fluid so that you can get back on the road safely.

If your tough steering wheel is getting in the way of your commutes, you can depend on the team at South Park Tire & Auto to do the job for you. For over two decades, we have been a trusted choice for automotive repairs by Littleton and Highlands Ranch drivers. Please give us a visit, call, or schedule an appointment online with us today!

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