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I've noticed in the last few months Seb's steering has become heavier and it's become quite noticeable now.  He got a new set of rubbers on the front last weekend and an alignment but it didnt' make any difference.  On the plus side he's less twitchy on the freeway, on the downside at slow speeds steering is heavier.  I suspect a dying power steering pump but there's no odd noises no erratic behaviour and no changes in the assistance mid way through turning changing rpm or even from left to right.  It's just become heavier.  No leaks, fluid level is fine and is only 2 yrs old, no contamination of fluid,

Now I used to take my car for steering and suspension work to a particular franchised "steering and suspension specialist".  Unfortunately the staff that used to be there no longer seem to be there and it's turned into one of those "free check" type places which I avoid generally on principal because how good can a "free check" be.  By past experience I've found a "free check" is usually junk and I'd prefer them to do a proper job making a diagnosis, I don't care if I have to pay for it.  This "specialist" when asked if they can carryout a pressure test on the power steering system say they don't do those but can tell if the pump needs replacing.

I didn't argue but just made an excuse not to make a booking.  It's fairly standard industry practice to pressure test the power steering system to check;

  1. The pressure being delivered by the power steering pump and,

  2. If there's internal rack seal leakage that can be causing fluid pressure to drop there isn't any other way to tell.

So now to try and find a place that will do proper testing and diagnosis, I might give my local Toyota service centre a go.  I've been going to them for all my parts and more complex service requirements for awhile and I've had no complaints yet.
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