Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Hard to turn steering wheel

asked by on

My car makes a noise, and it's hard to turn the steering wheel.

A: Hello. If the noise is like a groaning or s...

Hello. If the noise is like a groaning or squealing noise, then it sounds like the power steering pump has failed. I typically start by making sure that the belt on the engine is tight. If it is not, then the tensioner may be bad which will cause this. If the belt is fine, then I typically replace the pump and flush the fluid from the system. Proper bleeding of the system must be done afterwards. If you are going to have this fixed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose the steering wheel problem and make the necessary 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!

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: steering wheel vibrates at a certain speed range

Hi there: Steering wheel vibration and battery or electronic issues are usually not related, so you're OK there. In regards to the shaking above 100 km/hr issue, that's usually caused by poor wheel / tire balance. As long as the...

Q: Car does not start

Hi There, This may potentially be related to a faulty starter relay. The starter relay directs power from the battery to the starter solenoid which then engages the starter when you turn the key. When this is not working properly,...

Q: Grinding noise when steering left or right.

This may be a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure which forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads against the...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.