2005 Kia Amanti Faulty steering

Tiny
LINWHITE
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  • 2005 KIA AMANTI
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 82,000 MILES
I have been told that the rack and pinion steering is going bad on my car. It is just 4 years old and I take very good care of my car and the proper maintenance. When I had the car for less than a year, I took it to the dealership because my steering was doing something funky. They told me some story about it and repaired it because it was under warranty. Now my car is making the same noise and it's now the rack & pinion steering they say. I'm still paying for my car.I can't afford $2000 dollars to repair this. Could this have been from the prior incident or should this be happening to my car at all since it's just 4 years old. Please help! Should I be getting in touch with the automakers?
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Friday, October 9th, 2009 AT 6:44 AM

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Tiny
DAVE H
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This is the only TSB issued for the kia regarding steering issues !

AMANTI & OPTIMA POWER STEERING FLUID UPDATE
TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN
Reference Number(s): CHASSIS 012, Date of Issue: October 01, 2005
KIA:Amanti, Optima
VOLUME:3
GROUP:Chassis

Related Ref Number(s): CHASSIS 012
ARTICLE BEGINNING
SUBJECT
This bulletin provides information relating to the new Amanti and Optima Power Steering Fluid.
Starting 1/17/05 on 2005MY Amanti and Optima vehicles the Power Steering Fluid is designated as PSF4, and is easily recognized by its green color (see photo 1 in Fig. 1).
The previous fluid which is clear, was designated PSF3. The all-new PSF4 is currently only available through Kia Chemical Program at www. Kiachemicals. Com or fax orders to 1 866-KIACHEM P/N 03100 00130 (1 quart bottle).
The main difference between PSF4 and PSF3 is viscosity. Power Steering Fluid PSF4 will perform better in lower temperatures/colder climates.
It is recommended that PSF3 be completely drained from the power steering system prior to refilling the power steering with PSF4. These two power steering fluids are not compatible and should not be intermixed.
NOTE:Small amounts of residual test fluid may have been left in system components during production which may have discolored the fluid in vehicles built after January 2005 (see photo 2 in Fig. 1). This could result in the green fluid appearing to be reddish. This discoloration is not harmful to the system and no corrective action is required. Regardless of this slight discoloration in appearance, power steering systems in all Amanti and Optima vehicles built after 1/17/05 were filled with PSF4 which should be used for all fluid additions and/or replacements.
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