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Old 01-27-2010, 01:01 PM   #1
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When its cold out my steering wheel tends to get stiff spots in it. If i let it sit running they seem to go away, the after driving for a bit it stiffens up again? Also (weird) after a car wash and under carrige spray the steering is fine for a few days. Anyone have ANY ideas or suggestions??

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Old 01-27-2010, 01:04 PM   #2
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i'd check the power steering fluid. it may need flushed and reserviced. maybe a lube job too.

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Old 01-27-2010, 01:10 PM   #3
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Check Fluid level but if you let it warm up goes away and comes back not sure also lube the if any grease zerts
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:37 PM   #4
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Yeah i oiled up all the grease fittings and everything and still does it, i just dont understand why the temp has that much effect on it? i know fluids tend to turn jelly like in the winter but would it matter that much? Could it be from the stableizer bar?
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:16 PM   #5
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the cold has a thickening affect on petrolium products and anything which might be suspended in them.is there any foreign substance in the power steering fluid? and did you completely purge the grease fittings? any water which may be in either could be freezing.
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:49 PM   #6
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Fluid condition check for sure. As far as the undercarriage wash that would make me think something is binding with the steering components and spraying water under there is somewhat temporarily lubricating the sticking component with water. Grease all fittings and maybe put it up on jackstands and try the steering when suspended. You might find the "sticky" points at certain areas during the turn radius. Bent steering shock, seized or binding ball joints etc. Don't forget belt condition ???
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Thats what makes me think it has to be a lubrication issue, how the wash makes it work perfect for a few days. This sucks!!! Thanks everyone for the in-put and ideas!
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:32 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the ideas guys. It ended up being my stearing shaft was getting rusted, i think thats why the wash make it work for a few days. I ended up just hitting it with a wire grinding brush and some suspension grease and now its back to normal. Thanks again everyone!

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