Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Steering wheel Issues - 2001 Hyundai Elantra

asked by on

When in cold weather I notice my steering wheel becomes very stiff and hard to move. It also squeaks when turning. I'm afraid to move it to much thinking that something may break due to the stiffness. It only does it when winter comes but and hot weather I do not have that feeling. Does something needs oil oiled or changed?

My car has 115000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This problem is most likely caused by worn strut bearings. This component supports the weight of the vehicle at each front wheel, but also has to allowing turning of the wheels. When worn, the bearings tend to make noises when turning, and are more difficult to turn, especially at colder temperatures.

There is a Technical Service Bulletin (105219) relating to groaning and grinding noises from the front suspension. This is not a recall however, and not likely a free replacement.

To avoid any unnecessary repairs, I would recommend having the steering wheels stiffness inspected by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to confirm this diagnosis, get an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate 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

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: Loose steering column.

I would have a technician look at it. You will probably have to take the steering column apart and there are special tools required. There is a common problem with 3 torx screws connecting the tilt steering column that have...

Q: EPS light

The EPS light relates to your Electronic Power Steering System. If the vehicle is stalling when this light comes on, there is a chance that the power steering system is creating an excessive draw on the battery and/or charging system....

Q: every week or so my car will crank and when I put it into drive or reverse it will shut off and crank right back t

There is a technical bulletin out for your 1999 Tahoe put out by Chevrolet. It's number 00-07-30-006, 87-71-63, calling for the reprogramming of the transmission/engine program. You will need to have the dealer reprogram the vehicle for you. Before you...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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.