It just started happening - when turning the steering wheel it binds up every half turn. It feels like no power steering for just a few degrees. It is consistently when the wheel is 90 degrees either way and then every half turn from there. Normal highway driving is fine, just at intersections or pulling into/out of driveway. Power steering fluid is full. Any ideas? Thanks in advance. Joe
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Well... If the power steering fluid is full (and there is no air in the system)... I would think the next thing to check would be the power steering pump.
(These things do have a pump... Don't they?)
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The steering pump may be going out. How's the fluid level? When was the last time you changed it?
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are your turn signals working OK?...I just had to replace the 'clock spring' in the steering column which has a winding mechanism that turns with the wheel and trigger thte off mechanism on the turn signals...one of the tabs broke off inside that mechanism and would bind my steering when that piece got wedged in the right place...just a thought as we play CSI...
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Yea, I would think it'd be the clock spring, luckily I dont think they're too expensive or difficult to replace. But obviously I cant be positive that is the issue. What I would do is stand at the front with the hood open and have someone turn the wheel while you listen for any irregular sounds coming from the engine bay. The only "bad" sounds should happen when the wheel is fully turned left or right because that is when pressure is the highest in the power steering lines and it makes like a groaning noise. If you hear anything loud or outta place, then your problem is likely under the hood, and if you dont, I would check that clock spring.
as far as I know the turn signals work... i'll look into all this over the weekend. thanks!
Yes, it has a Hemi!
Mine started doing this as well this year. However the more I drive it the better it gets. The power steering pump has been replaced on it 3 times by Chrysler when it was under warranty (that was years ago) and after the third, they stated that they would not longer replace the pump under warranty. This past winter was the first time I've actually stored the car during the winter and attributed this to lack of use since it does go away after more use. The fluid level is full and it looks/smells good as well.
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