Juandan

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Hi, When I pull away the steering seems stiff, this happens first thing in the morning after the car has been left overnight, the steering seems OK

when am driving. your help is appreciated.  2002 Rav 4 GX Estate

 

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Try lubricating the steering column universal joint (just above the rack).

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Thanks I'll give a go.

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Lack of power assistance when starting from cold is usually due to a slipping power steering pump belt - it's often accompanied with a squeal from the belt. The pump has to work harder when the fluid is cold and more viscous and usually power assistance returns pretty quickly. Check and, if necessary, adjust the belt tension. Additionally, check the level in the PS reservoir, top up if necessary and check the PS system for any leaks.

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That did it. thanks alot.

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