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Hey, I have a 2004 Sedona and all of a sudden yesterday the power steering started to act up. The wheel goes to being normal to really stiff and then normal again, it almost feels like its getting stuck and then frees itself once you start turning. It only does it somtimes though? I'm guesssing it's probably the power steering pump but was wandering if anyone has had a similar issue? Also it only has 55,000 kms on it so it seems a little premature for the pump to fail. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Hey, I have a 2004 Sedona and all of a sudden yesterday the power steering started to act up. The wheel goes to being normal to really stiff and then normal again, it almost feels like its getting stuck and then frees itself once you start turning. It only does it somtimes though? I'm guesssing it's probably the power steering pump but was wandering if anyone has had a similar issue? Also it only has 55,000 kms on it so it seems a little premature for the pump to fail. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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There have been issues with the intermediate steering shaft causing this sort of issue. The u-joint in the shaft looses lubrication and starts binding/locking up at certain spots. Kia released a TSB for this issue. You might loook into this before replacing the pump.

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Check the belt. I've seen them loose enough to skip but not make any noise. Same symptoms as what your having.
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Ok it's a start thanks for the information. I was able to look up the TSB kia posted for this problem and will start there to see if that is the problem. It sounds promising since we have had a snowy winter, lots of salt on the road. Thanks again I'll post what comes of it.
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There have been issues with the intermediate steering shaft causing this sort of issue. The u-joint in the shaft looses lubrication and starts binding/locking up at certain spots. Kia released a TSB for this issue. You might loook into this before replacing the pump.
The lower steering shaft is a common problem, sell them all the time.
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Is it possible to get in there and lubricate the steering shaft? It's not making any noise it"s just stiff.
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Like Pacosworld and cobra259 mentioned, the intermediate shafts have been a big problem. You could try to spray some penetrant on the joint, it may help, or at least delay replacing the shaft anyway.

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The lower steering shaft is a common problem, sell them all the time.
Kind of off topic as it is different model...

Could it be a problem in my case too? PS is VERY stiff on cold, first turns are almost like no-PS at all (when temps below freezing). When it is hot, it is OK, although still not quite 100% good.

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Hey just a quick update, I jacked the van up and sprayed the u-joint with some lithium grease. Now the steering is back to normal, actually better than its ever been since I bought the van. So for now I'm going to put off replacing it.
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I have this problem in my 2002 Sedona. Thanks I really need this fixed.
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