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Unread 10-25-2005, 09:47 AM   #1
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Steering wheel hard to turn

I have a 97 TJ, on cold mornings right after I start the Jeep the steering wheel is really hard to turn, almost like there's no power steering, but then after a few inches, gives way and turns easily, this happens about until I get to the end of the street and then goes away, but it only happens in the fall and winter time. Is this common? What causes this? Thanks,

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Unread 10-25-2005, 10:06 AM   #2
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have you checked ur power steering fluid lvl?

iv never had the issue... if i did i didnt think any thing of it because i was probably in 2+ feet of snow.

possably empty out the power steering fluid and fill it with new?

there is also a oil company that makes power steering "oil" for lack of a better word that is made to renew seals and what ever else in the pump i for get the name of it ia ctually have it sittin next to my computer at home used it on my evo when the power steering pump was on its way out.. didnt help but it was to late..

think its called lucas oil? but they make spacific ones for all differnt things.

good luck.
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Unread 10-25-2005, 10:18 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tips, I'll check the fluid.

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Unread 10-25-2005, 03:36 PM   #4
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I have a similar problem. If I park in the garage where itís warm nothing happens. If I park outside on a cold morning it whines when I make turns. It sounds like it is coming from the inside, but quits when the Jeep warms up.
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Unread 10-25-2005, 04:05 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Clank
I have a similar problem. If I park in the garage where itís warm nothing happens. If I park outside on a cold morning it whines when I make turns. It sounds like it is coming from the inside, but quits when the Jeep warms up.
do you mean like this?
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/moaning-when-turning-steering-wheel-203073/
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Unread 10-25-2005, 07:43 PM   #6
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Mine does the same thing. Try bumping up the RPM's and see if it goes away. If it does, then it's probably the pump.

I think my pump is bad. The problem started after I was doing donuts in a snow covered parking lot. I probably overheated it by keeping it turned against the steering stops.
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Unread 10-25-2005, 07:43 PM   #7
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Exactly what wyldejackyl said. It did it today after work, but as soon as it warmed up it stopped. I guess the Jeep likes to be it the garage.
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Unread 10-25-2005, 07:48 PM   #8
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I don't think it's the pump. My truck had a bad pump before. The noise came from the engine compartment then. Had to replaced the pump, that was fun.
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