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Power steering issues in the winter

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The last few days I’ve been having some issues with my power steering. Yesterday was -6C (not too cold) and if I would try to turn my wheel when stopped I would get a loud chirping noise and the steering wheel would shudder. If the car was moving at all it was fine. Today was -23C and it was doing the same thing. After driving for 30 minutes or so the problem seemed to have gone away.

I checked the level of the power steering fluid and it was fine. I’m wondering if the fluid could be frozen. I had the belt replaced a few months ago. Is anyone else having an issue with power steering this winter?
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Having that same issue recently in our new to us '06 ll bean. I think the owners manual called for dexron 3 ATF as the proper fluid. Will look into changing out the fluid with a syn version to see if that solves the prob.
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