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My Forester has 129k miles on it. It is not steering correctly at slow speeds on tight turns -- meaning pulling in and out of parking spaces. The steering kind of balks, gets stuck for a fraction of a second before the wheels will continue turning. Often there's a loud screeching with this. No problems at driving speed, fortunately. Clearly something needs repair, but I don't know what to tell the mechanic. Is this actually a steering thing? -- or power steering fluid? Steering column? Transmission for some reason? Thanks for any insights I can take to the mechanic. I'm trying to avoid random expensive fishing expeditions on their part.

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Maura, I would take it to a shop where the mechanic that is going to work on your car can go on a test drive with you first. Tell him: That it is not steering correctly at slow speeds on tight turns -- meaning pulling in and out of parking spaces. The steering kind of balks, gets stuck for a fraction of a second before the wheels will continue turning. Often there's a loud screeching with this. No problems at driving speed, fortunately - Between your description and then you pointing out the problem on the test drive the mechanic will have the information needed to find the problem quickly.

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