Power steering

Asked by Jan 21, 2014 at 02:12 PM about the 2003 Subaru Forester XS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When I start my 2003 Subaru Forester, I hear a whirring sound and my steering wheel is
very hard to turn.  When I finally straighten out my steering wheel and begin to drive, the
sound stops and the steering becomes easier.  Does the power steering mechanism need
to be replaced?

3 Answers

18,085

It sounds like it is low on fluid. It could be the power steering pump or the rack & pinion leaking or going out.

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.
2,845

Cold weather can make it harder on the pump too, I'd advise changing the fluid first.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
440

Or the belt is slipping on the power steering pump pulley.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Forester

Looking for a Used Forester in your area?

CarGurus has 20,049 nationwide Forester listings starting at $1,382.

ZIP:

Search Subaru Forester Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Subaru Forester Experts

#1 Nick Eidemiller
Nick Eidemiller
Reputation 3,410
#2 walth
walth
Reputation 2,740
#3 lifeson34
lifeson34
Reputation 2,330
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Outback
366 Great Deals out of 25,651 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda CR-V
908 Great Deals out of 66,875 listings starting at $1,995
Used Toyota RAV4
821 Great Deals out of 53,140 listings starting at $2,199
Used Subaru Impreza
173 Great Deals out of 10,618 listings starting at $1,495
Used Subaru Legacy
198 Great Deals out of 15,040 listings starting at $900
Used Toyota Highlander
642 Great Deals out of 22,080 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota 4Runner
341 Great Deals out of 20,328 listings starting at $1,250
Used Subaru Impreza WRX
38 Great Deals out of 1,173 listings starting at $2,795
Used Ford Escape
1,419 Great Deals out of 83,999 listings starting at $1,400
Used Toyota Tacoma
712 Great Deals out of 32,123 listings starting at $2,000
Used Honda Pilot
526 Great Deals out of 19,349 listings starting at $950
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,001 Great Deals out of 65,972 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Subaru Forester For Sale
11,565 listings starting at $20,970
2016 Subaru Forester For Sale
44 Great Deals out of 1,222 listings starting at $18,999
2015 Subaru Forester For Sale
75 Great Deals out of 1,702 listings starting at $10,429
2014 Subaru Forester For Sale
60 Great Deals out of 1,571 listings starting at $9,995
2013 Subaru Forester For Sale
18 Great Deals out of 369 listings starting at $9,121