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Old 11-10-2008, 08:59 PM   #1
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OK so everything seemed to be working fine, except a little hard to turn when at low speeds (i.e. parallel parking.) But this wasn't enough of an issue to cause concern for me.

However, on Sunday (11/9) I was driving through town and suddenly my steering because somewhat unresponsive. The first thing I noticed was that the steering wheel was sitting turned 90 degrees to the right and the wheels were straight. (my steering wheel has always been aligned straight.) I made a left turn and it felt like I had to turn the steering wheel forever in order to get around the corner. But after I made the corner - the steering wheel was straight again. This happened several times on my way home, getting worse as time went by. (Thankfully I was only 10 minutes away.) By the time I got home, it was almost impossible to turn the wheel enough to park properly.

I haven't started the car since!

Power steering fluid checked -- full.


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