Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Steering wheel hard to turn in 2000 Pontiac Bonneville

asked by on

The steering wheel is very hard to turn. And when it does turn, the wheel does not turn in the intended direction.

A: If your steering wheel is difficult to turn...

If your steering wheel is difficult to turn and causing your vehicle to go in a different direction than intended, you may have an issue with your rack and pinion. The rack and pinion is what is acted upon by the power steering fluid when you turn the wheel. The rack and pinion is connected to both front wheels via the inner and outer tie rod ends. The rack and pinion has a gear inside of it that can sometimes break off teeth, rendering the part useless. It is also possible that you have low power steering fluid. Having your power steering system inspected by a certified mechanic would by my best recommendation.

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

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 shimmying while braking.

The shimmy you are feeling is the brake rotors are warped. I would recommend you have your brakes completely inspected for problems and replace all defective brake parts. The most common fix would be to replace the rotors and brake...

Q: Emergency brake light on

The red brake light is primarily lit when you apply the emergency brake, but it also lights up when you have a hydraulic problem with the brakes. Things like low fluid levels, leaking wheel cylinders, or brake hoses can also...

Q: My mustang start but when i give it gas it sluggish or it turns off

Hello there. Typically, a vehicle will start and then quit because of an issue with the fuel or electrical system. It is important to monitor fuel levels as well as warning lights which can signal to the driver that a...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...