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Steering is extremely hard when fist cranking up. It is easy

Customer Question

steering is extremely hard when fist cranking up. It is easy at highway speeds.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Jerry replied 11 months ago.

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It sounds like the power steering pump may be weak. Do you know what the pressure output is?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
no
Expert:  Jerry replied 11 months ago.

I see, thanks.

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A good quick test on it is to make sure it's full and then hold the pressure hose while someone turns the steering wheel all the way to one side for 2 or 3 seconds. The hose should sort of bounce when they do and you can feel if it has pressure in it. Average pressure rise at full turn is about 750 PSI with a good working pump.

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If it doesn't put out enough pressure the power steering pump is bad.

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