Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Steering wheel hard to turn at times

asked by on

The steering is hard to turn left and right to park, but driving is fine. Also, the trunk does not open anymore. It is too heavy to lift manually.

Hello. When the steering becomes hard to turn at slow speeds then it is typically caused by a bad hydraulic pump, which would need to be replaced. However, I would first check the fluid in it as low fluid will also cause this and it also indicates a leak of the power steering fluid. As for the trunk, the most common cause of it no longer working is a computer programming issue. The computer typically needs to be reprogrammed to repair it. If the programming is fine then the lift motor or contact sensors have failed. A mechanic would need to install a factory scan tool to it to see if there are any codes pertaining the the problem.

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: Leak into wheel well

You should have the A/C drains checked to see if the drains are blocked causing the water to leak into your 2008 Mercedes Benz R350. Dirt and debris that gets in the A/C evaporator case can clog the A/C drain...

Q: Clunking noise from front of car when driving slowly or turning slowly

Hi there. Most clunking sounds, especially while turning, are attributed to worn out bearings or bushings - especially CV joints, tie rod ends, and also stabilizer bar joints. Not sure why it would only happen while it is hot outside,...

Q: After I got a passenger window installed by Safelite all my doors and trunk keep rapidly locking and unlocking while there is power.

The wiring in the door could be shorted to the door or they may not be hooked up properly. If the wiring is good, then the BCM (Body Control Module) may need to be flashed (reprogrammed). If you need further...

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...
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...
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...