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1992 Toyota Camry Question: steering wheel

 

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kyakay, 3.0L V6, Orange, CA, March 09, 2009, 18:29
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sometimes when it rains my car steering wheel is hard to turn. I have to turn the wheel pretty hard but then everything works after that. I sometimes also hear a screeching sound when it is raining and this is usually a precurser to the problem with the steering wheel. This does not happen every time it rains but enough to cause me concern. What may be the cause?

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, March 09, 2009, 22:22
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    I suspect your power steering belt is loose or worn. The problem shouldn't be related to damp conditions but when it is wet outside you may have other electrical loads on that put pressure on the drive belts. Have your fan belts inspected for wear, general condition and proper tension.
    It easy to check the power steering fluid level check that the fluid level is correct.
    I see the power steering pumps leak and the high pressure hoses leak on the Camry V6 probably due to engine compartment heat.
    I suspect your is going to be fan belt related (cheaper) but have the fluid level checked as well.

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