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Old 29th January 2014, 17:48   #16
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Default Re: Stiff power steering : What could be the problem?

Guess, I'll have to bite the bullet and take it for a check at the ASC. I was thinking of waiting till I experience such a thing the third time, just to confirm that this is indeed happening and has got nothing to do with anything else.
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Old 29th January 2014, 18:37   #17
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Default Re: Steering issue with Chevy Optra SRV 1.6

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Hi friends,

I purchased a used Chevy SRV about 10 months back. The car already had around 50k kms when I purchased it and I have used the car for another 6k-7k kms in the last 10 months.

Recently I noticed twice in a span of 6 days that while turning the car, at slow speeds, I felt for a moment that I couldn't turn the steering, it had become heavy and felt like I was turning the steering wheel when the car is parked. This issue happened both when I was turning left, the first time and right, the second time and both times I was below 20kmph. I'm worried that there could be some problem with my steering setup. I'm not sure I can take my car on long drives, with this problem, as it could be risky if the steering suddenly behaves like this at high speeds.

I haven't checked the steering fluid level as primarly I'm unaware of where this is located. I haven't noticed any leakages underneath my car. In early december the service center replaced the front right side shock absorber as the older one had worn out. Also, recently I inflated the tyres to 35psi instead of 30, to check the ride quality at this inflated level. I don't hear any ticking sound as well when I'm turning the wheel and when it is working normally the steering feels butter smooth, without any heaviness or vibration. I'm not sure what the problem is!

If some expert can guide me on what needs to be done, I will be grateful. I'm currently residing in Baroda, Gujarat and my first service experience with Gopinathji (authorised GM ASC), was not really convincing. If users can also suggest some better service center where I can get my car checked, it would be really helpful.
GO to the service station and ask them to connect their diagnostics tool and check if any error code has been registered. Secondly, since yours is a Hydraulic power steering, ask them to bleed the circuit. If the first option comes out with a fault code, they'll know how to do. If there is no error code, go ahead with the bleeding and check for some days and see what happens.
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