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What Causes a Stiff Steering Wheel

What Causes a Stiff Steering Wheel

Delaying necessary maintenance and service causes your vehicle to endure additional damage outside of normal wear and tear. Over time, the steering wheel can become stiff and show signs that maintenance is needed. A stiff steering wheel should never be ignored, and should always be addressed as soon as possible. Below are some common reasons why your steering wheel is more rigid than usual:  The Steering Rack Is Faulty If the steering wheel feels heavy, there may be a problem with the steering rack. If your vehicle has been exposed to high summer temperatures or excessive road debris, the steering rack can become damaged.   The Serpentine Belt Is Cracked If you feel a lot of tension in the steering wheel when you’re turning left or right, this can indicate a crack in the serpentine belt. Wear and tear are natural as the vehicle ages, and the serpentine belt gets worn out quickly. It may need to be replaced altogether.   ... read more