Steering effort heavy due to power steering fluid leak on Mazda Mazda3

If the steering effort feels heavy, this can be caused by a power steering fluid leak. Some models may have burrs on the return port of the power steering reservoir that create a gap between the hose and the port. Sanding the burrs off the port and replacing the power steering return hose is the repair for this concern.

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Average mileage: 57,000 (57,000–57,000)
8 model years affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
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2012 Mazda Mazda3 57,000 mi,
power steering wheel fluid leaked and the hose bursted