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    Default Heavy steering when cold

    Once again I find myself relying on the great knowledge this forum holds...

    A few days ago the steering suddenly became very heavy. This happended just as the freezing cold norwegian winter set in. It might be a bit heavier to steer to one side. It also seems fine on small movements, it's when doing wider turns it's heavy.

    I checked the steering fluid level, and it seems OK. Hard to tell though, when the container isn't really see-through... I also had a new steering rack fitted early summer, so I'm assuming that's fine, and that the fluid was changed with it. Is this related to the cold weather at all? Could something freeze up/fluid get thicker etc??

    Car is a 2004 Vectra 2,0 DTI estate.

    Any help is appreciated

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    I have the same issue! Mine is definitely heavier, I think it may have started when I stalled and bumped the car when moving. Could it be related?!

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    The steering pump is operated by an electric motor so you need to check the electrical connections - maybe some damp in the connections. The connections may look ok but may not carry the full power needed.

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    Where would this motor - or rather the electrical connections - be located??

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    Just check the main cables around the battery, sorry I'm not an expert. Otherwise see someone who knows.
    The hydrolic pump + motor unit is somewhere behind the engine, under the steering fluid resevoir in my car (2007). earlier cars had it under the wing, behind the wheel arch liner.

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    As the weather is getting a little warmer, the steering is almost back to normal, so I'm assuming this is weather related. Could it be water in the steering fluid? Or could the fluid itself get thick when colder than -10 cel?

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