Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Hard to steer and power steering just or serviced

asked by on

The steering in my 2008 Hyundai Elantra became very difficult all of a sudden the other night while driving home. I've barely driven the vehicle since then and am fairly certain that the problem is with the power steering. I have already had the power steering serviced at my own cost and it's having the same symptoms as before. Is it normal for this to happen twice before the vehicle hits 70,000 miles?

A loss of power steering may make it harder to steer but you should still be able to steer the car to get safely off the road. Your vehicle is equipped with electric power steering which can often be reset just by turning your key off, then restarting the car while you’re safely pulled over to the side of the road. To see if there are any faults in the system, it needs to be to checked for codes. In February, NHTSA issued a recall #15V100000 for Hyundai power steering issues, and there is a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) 12-ST-001 for a software update to the steering system. You should contact your nearest Hyundai dealer with your VIN to see if your car is affected, if parts are available, and to make a possible appointment for repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Hard to steer and power steering just or serviced

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: What does the key out indicator mean?

The key out indicator is located on your instrument panel, and operates with your smart key. When your ignition is in the ACC or ON position, and a door is open, the car will search for a smart key. If...

Q: Motor will not start up right away, takes a while

The cranking without starting is caused by the crankshaft position sensor intermittent open circuit not giving a code in the engine control module continuously. This can make it hard to diagnose. Nissan has a recall 07v527000 dated 11/15/2007 where the...

Q: Brake pedal is hard to push

The most common cause for a hard to press brake pedal is simply not enough vacuum. Any brake booster requires a minimum of 18” vacuum to operate efficiently. Anything less than that will contribute to the pedal being harder to...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.