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Ok so new to me. It was a van my BF inherited. It is an 05 sedona with a few problems.

First the brakes I know it needs pads, very likely a rotor or two (bad weather has kept me from looking), and it sounds like a caliper sticking. I know how to solve this. I don't usually drive and had to drive it for about 10 minutes. The brake pedal seems soft like it goes about half way down before it catches (something my BF never mentioned) then when it comes to a full stop the pedal seemed to force itself up while making a buzzing noise. WTF is up with this? I'm almost 40 and have never had a brake pedal force up. BTW I did check the fluid and it is at a good level.

Second the steering. This thing steers like an old log wagon. It seems quite stiff even compared to my dads '02 F150. I thought it may be low on PS fluid but again nope. Is this just a thing with these vans? Possible causes if not?

I'm mechanacally inclined but most of my car knowledge is from working on my own pre 1985 stuff (just like the character of older cars). I don't know a lot about ABS (seems may be brake problem) or the Rack and Pinion type steering setup. I can fix anything with a wrench and the internet I just don't know where to look on this thing. Any Help is appriciated and Thank You in advance.
 

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Ok so new to me. It was a van my BF inherited. It is an 05 sedona with a few problems.

First the brakes I know it needs pads, very likely a rotor or two (bad weather has kept me from looking), and it sounds like a caliper sticking. I know how to solve this. I don't usually drive and had to drive it for about 10 minutes. The brake pedal seems soft like it goes about half way down before it catches (something my BF never mentioned) then when it comes to a full stop the pedal seemed to force itself up while making a buzzing noise. WTF is up with this? I'm almost 40 and have never had a brake pedal force up. BTW I did check the fluid and it is at a good level.

Second the steering. This thing steers like an old log wagon. It seems quite stiff even compared to my dads '02 F150. I thought it may be low on PS fluid but again nope. Is this just a thing with these vans? Possible causes if not?

I'm mechanacally inclined but most of my car knowledge is from working on my own pre 1985 stuff (just like the character of older cars). I don't know a lot about ABS (seems may be brake problem) or the Rack and Pinion type steering setup. I can fix anything with a wrench and the internet I just don't know where to look on this thing. Any Help is appriciated and Thank You in advance.
Brakes - a couple thoughts.

  • bad master cylinder (very easy to replace) - look at Rockauto for many parts
  • bad calipers (rockauto again. easy to replace)
  • bad brake booster maybe?
Steering
  • maybe bad power steering pump? do you hear a lot of noise? Old car, the old pump will rob a lot of power from engine (I know from experience). New pump will give big power boost of engine.
  • I bought a OEM Mando made one (made in Korea) from Aadvance Auto (lucked out) with a coupon for around $60 about 9 mo ago. It was a steal. Fairly okay to replace. There are videos of it on Youtube. Not that hard to do.
If your steering rack is bad, can't help you there. That's a big $ and time. Not worth it for the age of vehicle.
 
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