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Why does it take more effort to steer left in my 2011 Mazda 6?

Asked by Bryan

I have a 2011 Mazda 6 limited sedan with a steering issue. It requires more effort to turn left than right. At this point it is noticeable by all who drive the car, however we have just got used to it. Any ideas what could be causing this and a fix?

Answered by CarsGuide

11 Nov 2020 David Morley

Let’s start with the basics here, Bryan, before lashing out on mechanics. Are the tyre pressures where they should be? A tyre can be pretty under-inflated before that’s actually obvious to the eye, but a tyre with an incorrect pressure can be harder to turn. Next, what about the wheel alignment settings? Has the car bounced off a kerb lately? Has there been any incident that could have wrenched the front end out of alignment? When was the last time the wheel alignment was checked?

For all of that, however, I’m tempted to suspect that there’s something wrong with the valving in the power-steering rack. I’d be having the rack checked for any foreign matter inside that could be blocking the valves or in some other way preventing the rack from guiding the wheels smoothly in both directions. A dodgy steering system is an obvious safety issue, so don’t mess about having it checked.

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