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So I bought a 2007 Ridgeline RTL with 24K miles on it a month ago and it just seems harder to turn the steering wheel than I remembered from others I drove. So I went and drove a 2010 and it was definitely easier to steer. Then I went and drove a 2008 with 41K miles on it and it was easier to steer. Today I went and paid a Honda specialist to check the truck out and he saw nothing wrong other than the power steering fluid was a little low. I paid him to do a power steering flush and add the specific Honda fluid to make sure there was no bad fluid or air bubbles in the system. Still just as tough to steer. Not crazy hard to steer, so there is some assistance from the steering pump, just not as easy as all the others I drove. Anyone familiar with this or have any advice?

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Joe
 

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There are seals inside the power steering pump - they probably are leaking inside the pump so you are not getting all the power steering that can be delivered. If it was run a lot with low fluid they could be damaged. (Accords have the same Power Steering pump and they have more no power complaints than the Ridgeline).

A good Honda mechanic can rebuild the pump in 30 minutes. the rebuild kit is less than $25.00 ( 6 little plastic pieces and a gasket).
 

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Also, check your tire pressure. If it's low (but not low enough to trip the TPMS), it can increase steering effort.

Chip H.
 
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