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    Hi have this problem as we'll. I first had a pump issue where there was noise and I replaced the pump at first it worked just fine but now I have this issue where the steering is at times stiff and hard to turn and at other times the power steering works usually at a lower speed. I checked for air and I'm certain it's not the oil because I replaced the oil when I changed the pump . I will say that my fluid is a bit over the max line on the reservoir and hasn't leaked. A buddy said it could be the rack and pinion any thoughts on this? Much appreciated .

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    I was about to say... even if there's no external leaks on the steering rack it may be failing internally. Usually the internal seal will go and then you'd see it seeping out from the boots though.
    The dealer never thought of looking at the rack?

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    But if it was the rack wouldn't it fail completely and not just at times? I thought the rack would at least make a noise or something or make a noise when moving the wheel.

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    Maybe unless it's binding. Check for worn ball joints.
    Do you hear any clicking or whirring noises while turning?
    A few sites I checked and Google recommend replacing the pump with the rack. Old worn broken seals can be lodged in the system still.
    Also check for uneven tire wear. A bad alignment can also cause stiff steering while turning

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    I am having the same issues

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    Well... the steering on my car with the engine running is hard when it's not moving. It's a LOT tougher than it used to be.
    Alright, so what can I do now to point point the cause of my problem? The service dept at the local Subaru dealership is dragging their feet so I'd like to give them something specific to look for. I'm getting really frustrated with this steering problem.

    I have a brand new 2013 subaru impreza premium with only 4600 miles and I am having the exact same issues you are buddy. I take turns and I feel absolutely no assistance from the power steering motor. Just for the hell of it I test drove a brand new 2014 impreza identical to mine for a test drive and BAM. That 14 felt like it should, i could feel the fluid surge through the steering wheel letting me know the motor was taking the strain out of turning. My 13 is great at going straight down the road, but when I turn I do not feel the torque in the wheels handle the turns like I use to. This is my first subaru, but if those dealership ****heads don't bend over backwards to resolve this issue and put my mind at ease, this will be the last subaru I ever own.

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    Any of you guys resolve this issue? My 2005 is doing something pretty similar. Hard steering during certain cornering. Thanks

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