Why Is My Steering Wheel So Tough to Turn?

The steering system is a complex system of parts that is more than just the steering wheel. Without the steering system, you and other drivers alike will not be able to control the direction of your vehicle. When it malfunctions, you will face a handful of problems, such as a locked up or stiff steering wheel. Listed below are common reasons why your steering wheel may become tough to turn:

Bad Steering Rack

The steering rack is a vital piece in the power steering system. It's made up of the pinion and rack. The steering rack can display wear and tear after years of running.

Low Power Steering Fluid

A stiff steering wheel can be created by low-power steering fluid, usually caused by a leak. Most powering steering fluid leaks happen from cracked or loose hoses.

Flawed Serpentine Belt

The serpentine belt is a long and snake-like rubber belt that wraps around a vehicle's core parts, such as the power steering pump, air conditioning, alternator, and more. If the serpentine belt becomes loose or damaged in any way, some of the critical components that it wraps around can malfunction. 

Power Steering Pump Breakdown

The power steering pump is intended for a long time, but sometimes it can wear prematurely. When this happens, it will make a distinctive noise whenever you make turns. If your steering ever becomes a noisy experience, please get an inspection ASAP. If you wait, other vital issues can occur, such as the steering wheel stiffening.


If steering your vehicle becomes a more challenging, dreadful task, you should bring your car to Dub’s Garage in Corpus Christi, TX. Our automotive technicians have a wide range of experience, including work on steering systems. If your steering wheel is stiffening up, please give us a call or visit soon!

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