Sticky Steering

subaru
steering
outback

#1

I bought my outback a few months ago from a dealer/mechanic who had fixed the car after it was totaled. So it has a reconstructed title, but it was hit in the back, so all the engine parts were unaffected by the crash.

Since I have had the car I have experienced intermittent loss of power steering ability. Sometimes it’s nearly impossible to parallel park or turn a corner gracefully, and other times, within the same short trip, the steering will be completely fine and smooth. I have had the issue looked at about three times now by different mechanics. Each time they have either replaced or tightened the belt, which temporarily fixes the problem. But within a few weeks it always comes back. Is there something not keeping the belt tight, or could the issue actually be in the power steering pump?


#2

The pump MAY be the fault or perhaps the rack and pinion is at fault.

Is the rack bolted tight? Any fluid leaks?


#3

Model-Year, Please. Sometimes It’s Impossible For Anybody To Help You Without Knowing At The Very Least, Make (Subaru), Model (Outback) And Model-Year ( ? ).

It is also helpful to know how many miles are on it and whether it’s manual or automatic.

CSA


#4

Its automatic, 2006 outback 2.5i, and it has 105,000 miles. I haven’t noticed any fluid leeks.