Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Prince Edward Island
Car Year: 1999
Car Model: Forester S, 330i ZHP
So first off I have searched but haven't found anything specifically related to my problem as described. I've only had the vehicle for about two months, it's a 99' Forester S if that matters.
Recently I've noticed that the steering is very stiff and what I would describe as "notchy". It is very hard to start turning the wheel, then gets a little easier, then gets harder again, same in both directions. Almost like when you begin to turn the wheel you have to overcome some unseen force, then it starts turning, only to meet resistance again and release again. There is no difference in symptoms whether I'm moving or sitting still.
The tire pressure is OK, the power steering fluid level is fine and the pump appears to be working ok. Ideas? Steering rack? Tie rods? PS pump? The symptoms actually began after I had Krown Rust control done but this might be a coincidence. I read in another post that older Foresters do have some steering assist, does anyone know where this electical connector is, maybe it came off?
The vehicle is still drivable it's just very annoying. Just looking for some input. Thanks.