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How to Troubleshoot the Steering System in a Chrysler Sebring

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Chrysler's maintenance schedule for the steering system on the Sebring remains looser than for other Chrysler lines. However, keeping on top of your steering system is important and basically the same for all Chrysler Sebring coupes, sedans and convertibles.

Step 1

Stick to Chrysler's recommended maintenance schedule, which includes servicing ball joints & steering linkage seals every 24,000 miles (48,000 for models from the nineties) and suspension boots and seals every 12,000. That maintenance schedule should be sufficient to catch most routine wear to the steering components.

Step 2

Make sure to keep the power steering fluid levels level. Check regularly with the engine off after running at normal temperature and thoroughly clean any dirt and debris from the reservoir and cap. Early convertibles and sedans require Mopar power steering fluid (never transmission fluid), but coupes and later Sebring models require Mopar ATF+4 transmission fluid. Check your manual before you add or replace fluid.

Step 3

Rotate your tires every 6000 to 7500 miles and keep the tire pressure even. Keep your wheels balanced and the front end aligned. A number of steering problems are caused by tire wear and alignment. If you know you've been keeping the basics up, you can look to other causes when problems develop.

Step 4

Correct hard steering problems by checking the power steering belt for excessive looseness or wear. If the belt is fine the power steering pump may need to be replaced or you may need to lubricate the front end parts.

Stop the car from pulling to one side by adjusting the wheel bearings, replacing the shocks or replacing break calipers and worn breaks. Loose steering can also be the result of loose wheel bearings, as well as faulty shocks or worn ball joints.

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