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After being on vacation and driving another SUV for a while i noticed when i got back that my steering is real heavy, it was like this before too i just didn't realize.

 

For you other guys driving Pajeros is the steering heavy or is it the same as any other car?

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It depends on which car you were driving to compare with?

I always feel my Pajero steering is tighter than my Range of wifeys trailblazer. 

Still as a first rule of thumb, check and top up your power steering fluid with car properly warmed up and do few steering left and right to let the oil in the canister circulate and release any bubbles (if any). Top up the the max line on the dipstick and drive around, if it helps. 

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checked the fluids a while a go i will do it again to make sure, good idea, cause its heavy enough to make me think that there is something wrong....

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Back than in Turkey i was having a Peugeot 206. For few days i traveled with my mother`s Benz. When i come back i thought something happened to my steering but i was normal. It was the difference of electric steering vs hydraulic steering. I think Pajero also dont have electric steering maybe thats why you think it is too heavy. 

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Jack the front of the car up so both wheels are off the ground. If it’s still tight when you steer, you might have a bad ball joint or track rod end or something. If it feels ok, you maybe just have a car with heavy steering. I’ve driven a lot of pajeros and I wouldn’t say they have light steering. Try that test and see what happens but it’s probably ok, it’s a pajero not a Range Rover. 

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I drove a 2010 Pajero for 9 years and its steering is heavy compared to most other cars. So if your steering fluid levels are ok, I guess you will have to live with it

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@Per A I second at Gaurav & Barry's comments, after the required inspection you should be able to figure out !

If all well, I would say it must be a vacation hangover ;) You will again get used to the Pajero steering !! :P

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Checked fluids and they are still good so have to be vacation hangover...

 

Was driving a 2019 seat suv that was new so probably lost all my arm muscles :D 

and i will test to jack the car when i can.... but should't be issue cause it has only run 46000km...

Thanks for the input.

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4 hours ago, Per A said:

Checked fluids and they are still good so have to be vacation hangover...

 

Was driving a 2019 seat suv that was new so probably lost all my arm muscles :D 

and i will test to jack the car when i can.... but should't be issue cause it has only run 46000km...

Thanks for the input.

Yeah probably that new vehicles mostly have variable steering power which make the steering super light when slow ans gets heavier as speed increases.

And most newer cars have gotten rid of the old hydraulic type of steering assist all toghter. And now driven by a motor instead.

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Electric power steering is cool. I used to build a lot of rally cars, old 70s/80s stuff. Ford Escorts and the like. One of the first mods I always done was swap the steering column for one from an Opel corsa. Automatic electric power steering conversion. Once you modified it to fit you just had to run 2 wires to the computer to make it work. No pump sucking your horsepower, no pipes to leak. Turns it into a new car. 

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