Why Is My Steering Wheel Hard to Turn?

The steering system is a crucial part of your car because it enables you to control your vehicle. If your steering wheel becomes rigid or suddenly locks up, it can result in an accident. Many parts make up the power steering system, allowing it to turn with little resistance effectively. Even when a minor issue occurs within the system, it can jeopardize the whole system. It would be best if you got the problem diagnosed immediately to prevent unnecessary injuries. These are the most common reasons why your steering wheel has become hard to turn.


Bad Steering Rack

The steering rack plays a crucial role in the power steering system. It's composed of the pinion and rack, and over time it can deteriorate from usage. If the steering wheel gets hard as soon as you turn on your car, the steering rack may be the root of the problem.


Faulty Serpentine Belt

The serpentine belt is a long rubber belt that wraps around numerous car parts such as the power steering pump, alternator, air conditioning, and more. If the belt is loose or cracked, some of the critical components that it wraps around can stop working. A damaged serpentine belt can cause the steering wheel to become difficult to handle. 


Low Power Steering Fluid

Most of us remember to change out our oil or brake fluid, but we usually forget about the power steering fluid. If you are low on the power steering solution, it can lead to a stiff steering wheel. There might even be a leak. 


Failure of Power Steering Pump

Even though your power steering pump doesn't have to be changed for at least every 100,000 miles, it can still age early. If the power steering pump fails, it will make an apparent noise whenever you try to turn. 


If your steering wheel is difficult to turn, the key to fixing the problem is getting an examination at the first sign of an issue. If you procrastinate, further problems could arise, such as the steering wheel stiffening or not working altogether. Regardless of wherever the case may be, you do not want to risk your life. Autoworks of Issaquah is here to help. We have a team of technicians who are experts in repairing steering systems. If your steering wheel is tough to turn and you notice any of the signs above, give us a call today.

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