Power steering on 2004 Santa Fe 4WD 3.5L

Discussion in 'Hyundai Santa Fe' started by BETA-2K, Oct 25, 2006.

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    BETA-2K Guest

    I just bought a 2004 Santa Fe LX 4WD 35L with 22,560 miles, leather seats
    etc. for $14,300 plus tax and tags.

    My question is about the steering. It feels like it steers like a truck
    even though it has power steering. I can steer it, but it just seems like
    it takes too much effort.

    For example, while riding on a routine curve in an Interstate highway, it
    takes some effort to hold the steering in place while it is slightly turned
    (to follow the curve in the road) and to keep it from returning to the
    straight position.

    Is this somewhat typical for this model?

    Is there anything that can be done with the power steering to make it steer
    more easily?
    BETA-2K, Oct 25, 2006
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    hyundaitech Guest

    I'm not sure how much effort you're describing, but I've never noticed
    anything on the Santa Fe that seemed abnormal.

    That said, it's a heavy vehicle. It won't steer like a small car with
    power steering.

    If the steering system is working properly, you won't be able to do
    anything to make it easier other than add more air pressure to your tires.
    hyundaitech, Oct 25, 2006
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    JS Guest

    This is exactly how cars are *supposed* to drive.

    When a car doesn't return to center (or damned close to it) when you
    take your hand off, something is wrong. Anything else should be
    considered abnormal drag on some part of the steering mechanism.

    I have noticed in the past that if you leave the wire disconnected on
    the power steering pump (I drive a 2.7 FWD, so things may be slightly
    different on yours) the power steering system doesn't feel right. I'm
    guessing that wire has something to do with the speed-sensitive steering

    JS, Oct 25, 2006
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    hyundaitech Guest

    The wire is for the engine management system. When you're operating the
    steering, it bumps the idle a little bit.
    hyundaitech, Oct 25, 2006
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    BETA-2K Guest

    I can't really describe how much effort is involved. It just seems hard to
    steer -- at least harder than it should be. I work at a job where I drive a
    lot of different Ford Explorers and Expeditions and the power steering on
    all of them seems effortless.

    I'm beginning to wonder if it's because the Santa Fe has a 3.5L engine. The
    other 3.5L I test drove seemed to also have similar hard steering, but worse
    than the one I bought. Both of the 3.5L vehicles had 4WD. Maybe I'll have
    to try driving a few 2.7L Santa Fe's and see if the steering feels different
    than the 3.5L.
    BETA-2K, Oct 26, 2006
  6. There is always a problem describing hard versus soft, or hot and cold,
    because it is so subjective.

    My GM cars can be steered with one finger. My Sonata, as well as some other
    imports, do take more effort by comparison. I've seen the GM cars
    criticized for being too light because they are set up for 80 year old
    ladies and the German imports are for real driving enthusiasts. . You may
    want to get someone familiar with your car to drive it and determine if it
    is just your feeling or if there is truly a problem with the steering
    Edwin Pawlowski, Oct 26, 2006
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