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I have a 2006 Avalon, turning the steering wheel suddenly

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I have a 2006 Avalon, turning the steering wheel suddenly has become harder (both directions). This has not been an issue previously. The power steering fluid level is ok. Any idea what could be the source of of the problem?
JA: Have you checked the power steering fluid? Will the wheel turn at all?
Customer: It will turn completely to right or left, it is just l
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Sluggish
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: Fluid levels are normal
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Technicaldan replied 1 year ago.

The three most common issues for hydraulic power assisted steering loss of assistance are snapped auxiliary belt, lack of fluid or failing pump.

As you don't mention any battery warning lights or other related issues to the failure of the auxiliary belt and the fluid level you report to be okay, the next thing to consider would be low output pressure from the powered steering pump or a blocked hose to the steering rack, the failing pump is more likely but hoses I have known to collapse internally before reducing the pressure supplied to the steering rack.

Are you handy with tools? This is usually a workshop issue to diagnose.

Expert:  Technicaldan replied 1 year ago.

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