Unlike other mechanical problems, Porsche steering problems tend to give plenty of warning that something somewhere is wrong. The warning signs mostly persist until the system completely fails or until you fix the problem. You do not have to wait until the system fails. By then, you will have incurred lots of losses as the seemingly small steering wheel problem will have affected other key components around the steering. To stay safe, take any of the following steering wheel problems seriously.
Difficulty Turning Wheel
Chances are, your Porsche uses a power steering wheel. This means the steering wheel is easy to maintain. It also means the car gives you an exciting driving experience. Make no mistake about power steering wheels that suddenly become hard to turn. Check the fluid reservoir and ensure it is full. If the problem persists even after filling the reservoir, then there is a leak somewhere. The leak could be in the hoses, in the steering pump or even in the steering rack itself.
This is in most cases an indication of poor wheel alignment. But it can also indicate a problem with the power steering. It happens as a result of contaminant build up in the system. The contaminants then go on to cause the steering wheel to pulsate or vibrate each time you turn the steering wheel fully in one direction. The best solution here is to flush the steering wheel. Be sure to find a certified Porsche mechanic to do the flushing.
Though rare, this is usually a sign that the power steering is failing. It simply slips when you attempt to hold it in a turned position or when you attempt to turn it. You therefore end up having problems when taking corners or parking. The problem in this case is a faulty pump, worn steering belts or worn steering rack mounts.
Wheel Pulling To One Side
This is perhaps the last problem you want to have especially when driving on a busy highway. It indicates a fault with the steering gear. It can be caused by poor lubrication as a result of low steering fluid levels. This cases the vehicle to pull to one side or wander. Check the steering wheel fluid then replace the steering gear if it is worn.
A worn or loose steering belt is often the main culprit here. The belt connects the power steering pump to the engine. A worn steering belt will simply mean the connection will have a problem. The screeching could also be a sign that your Porsche has ran out of steering fluid.
Always remember that when it comes to the steering wheel, lubrication is everything. Then make sure that the steering wheel never runs out of steering fluid. Speaking of the fluid, inspect it often. Discolored or foaming fluid indicates water or air inside the system, so the fluid will not lubricate components as it should. You have no choice but to drain the fluid and fill the reservoir with fresh fluid.