Q: Steering wheel and noise - 2011 Kia Sorento

asked by on

Yesterday I was driving and it seemed to be driving fine but when I got home and tried turning into my backyard and steering wheel became really hard to turn and the battery light came on. This morning it was driving fine but it makes a loud screeching noise. Do u know what's happening?

My car has 96000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello there, many faults will cause your 2011 Kia Sorento to have a screeching noise, heavy steering, and the battery light on. It is likely these faults are all related to the serpentine belt. If the serpentine belt fails it will cause the alternator to not function, the power steering pump to not function, and can cause the screeching noise. Driving without a belt can cause damage to the vehicle.

Common causes of belt failure are the belt tensioner, idler, faulty belt, alternator seized, or power steering pump pulley failure. To avoid any unnecessary repairs, a qualified technician such as one from YourMechanic will be able to diagnose the issue with your steering wheel and service your serpentine belt as necessary.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Steering wheel and noise - 2011 Kia Sorento

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: Misfire cylinder4

Hello, In addition to the coils and spark plugs you may want to check fuel injectors and connections, fuel pressure and check for vacuum leaks. Any of these types if issues will also cause misfire problems as well. I would...

Q: Keep needing new headlight bulbs, why is this happening?

Hello, replacing bulbs frequently can be bothersome. A couple of reasons come to mind. If you are using the cheapest bulbs possible, the cheap filaments may just be failing. Trying a good quality bulb may be a good start....

Q: Clanking noise when turning left

Hello. I am sorry to hear of this issue with your 2009 Sonata. A clunking or clanking noise on turning could have multiple causes but certainly at the top of the list is a failed outboard (nearest wheel) CV axle...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
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.