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Old 31 Oct 2009, 10:16 am
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Default 2006 TL steering stiff after new power steering rack?

I took my car in for service this week because of a dead battery and while the car was there, they told me the tech noticed that I had a power steering leak. They said they went ahead and replaced my power steering rack and refilled the steering fluid.















I went to pick up my car yesterday and the steering feels a lot stiffer than before. Is that normal? Is the new rack maybe tuned differently or something? At first I was thinking that I got used to the steering on the loaner (09 TL) but the more I drove mine yesterday the more I started feeling it was too stiff.































Should I take it back in or is this just the way the steering is supposed to feel like in the first place? For reference, while parking, I am having a hard time steering with one hand for example. It was not like that before.































Any comments, thoughts or suggestions appreciated.































Thanks!















I am wondering if they put a different rack in mine that it was before. I mean, I dont want it to be feather light either because I like to feel the response but what I have right now feels like I dont even have power steering. Guess I just gotta take it back in... I just dont know why the dealership would either mess it up or put something different than I had before.































Thanks anyways!
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Old 31 Oct 2009, 10:31 am
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The stiffness is set by the valve in the rack that translates steering wheel torque to assist pressure. It could be that the valve is adjustable, but the only one I ever got into (ages ago, and not in a rack and pinion system) was set by a single spring. To complicate the situation the same valve is responsible for centering the steering force - if the valve is off center the steering will pull - so adjustment is a bit of a trick. Because of this I doubt adjustment is an option.
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