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STEERING PULLING TO RIGHT, LOSS OF POWER STEERING BRIEFLY THAN CAME BACK

2006 Kia Sportage • 68,000 miles

When driving, it feels like the steering is pulling to the right, also recently when I went through a puddle of water, the power steering was lost briefly and then came right back. Could these things be connected and what are the likely causes. There are no lights coming on stating that the power steering fluid is low.
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BarbDrake
October 28, 2011.



If the car is pulling to the right, it is most likely an alignment issue. Abormally worn tires can also cause this. Rotating and balancing tires is an important service that will save you money as tires can last 50% longer and fuel economy will increase. Also gettng a regular alignment will do the same for your car as well as keep suspension compenents inspected. An alignment will easily diagnose loose or bent parts in the suspension which could be the source of your problem.

When you wnet through the puddle, the power steering blet and/or pulley got wet and slipped long enough that the power steering sytem lost pressure and then it dried it up from the heat of friction which brought it back. You may want to check the tension of the power steering belt as it may be a little loose. It can also get damaged if it is loose from similar slippage you may not feel as well as regular wear and tear. You should also check the level of the power steering fluid as well becasue the light might not come on until the level drops very low or it may not be set up for that function. It may come on if the speed sensitive controls fail or you completely lose pressure.
So, as far as the pulling to the right and the loss of power steering, no the two are most likely not related.

Get your tires rotated and balanced along with an alignment. Check the level of the power steering fluid and make sure you use the proper fluid to fill it and do not over fill it.
Inspect the accesory belts for tension and signs of wear. You may find they need replacement or at least adjustment.



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