: Can bearly turn steering wheel! Help!

05-25-09, 10:30 AM
Hello All,

I'm new to the forum and new to Cadillacís. I just purchased a '04 SRX V8 AWD w/ 56k miles; it appears to be well maintained. I know this due to the 11 maintenance entries in the carfax report I bought prior to purchasing the SRX.

Has anyone experienced hard to turn steering wheel when moving at low speed or while braking? The car at the same time started pulling hard right while braking. I hear no noise, the power steering (PS) fluid is in proper range, and the car turns normally while accelerating around a turn.

I'm also looking to purchase the service manual; does anyone have one for sale?

Unfortunately, I purchased the car passed its warranty and "as is"

I'm looking for any and all suggestions.

PS Ė I heard it could be a combination of the AWD and a bad caliper. Itís just that I can barely turn the steering wheel while trying to park. Iím baffled!!



c5 rv
05-25-09, 08:12 PM
My rack and pinion unit was replaced under warranty. Until it was replaced, I had no idea how easily my SRX could steer.

05-25-09, 09:06 PM
Hello C5

Why did they replace the rack and pinion?

I just can't figure this out, it was easy to steer, then one hour on the parkway and then I can barely turn the wheel at slow speeds?

I appreciate any input; thanks for the post!


c5 rv
05-26-09, 11:35 AM
My problem was a rubbing sound when steering. (I checked the receipt.) It may have been becoming stiffer over time, but I didn't notice. I noticed how much easier it turned when the gear was replaced.

05-28-09, 01:49 AM
I had the same issue as c5 rv, noise while turning. Just had my steering rack replaced too.

05-28-09, 07:44 AM
Good morning Steined

I appreciate the reply. They just replaced your steering rack because of noise? Was your car hard to steer as well?

I spoke with the shop yesterday and they are replacing the PS pump, now I think it’s the rack, not the pump. When I go to pick up the car and it is still hard to turn the steering wheel, they will then replace the rack. I knew it was going to go in that order. It seems to be the same experience everyone else describes.



clint b
11-23-09, 03:29 PM
Let me know if this is the case. My 05 SRX is also past warranty and it is doing the EXACT same thing. Also, how much are we talking to replace this?

11-24-09, 09:16 AM
My ps pump died slowly. Took about two months to pass away finally. Prior to replacement I had similar issues as described here... Maybe if rack and pinion has been in use without proper ps pump steering falters as a result.