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when engine is cold, steering wheel is hard to turn and ...

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when engine is cold, steering wheel is hard to turn and groans and whines if i don't let it warm 10-15 minutes. also, steering wheel trembles when car is being driven. tires have been rotated, and checked out. what gives?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  RIP replied 10 years ago.

Hi, welcome to jA.

  • What year and model is your Dodge?
  • How many miles are on it?

-Rip

Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to RIP's Post: 2001 voyager-- just over 100,000 miles
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to RIP's Post: 2001 voyager-- just over 100,000 miles
Expert:  RIP replied 10 years ago.

Mike,

You'll need to check the level and condition of the powersteering fluid first. If there is a minor leak and the fluid falls past the minimum, the power steering pump cannot operate correctly. As the engine and pump warm to normal operating temperature, the fluid will thermally expand, and allow correct operation. If the fluid level is correct, but it is dark in color (black or brownish) it may entail a failing powersteering pump. If the fluid is good all around, have the belt tension and condition inspected at a quality facility. If the belt is worn it can "slip" upon engine starting cold and cause the pump not to operate correctly as well. If all the items above check good, than the power steering pump is assumed at fault, possibly due to internal failing seals, causing a loss of pressure when the engine is cold.

-Rip

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