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Have a problem with steering going stiff, taken car to kia in Weston super mare and been qouted £1,900.
Car has only done 35000 miles and the warranty has just ran out .
 

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Have a problem with steering going stiff, taken car to kia in Weston super mare and been qouted £1,900.
Car has only done 35000 miles and the warranty has just ran out .
Could be a lower steering column universal joint. Judging by the age and low miles I'm assuming it sits unused a lot. During winter if not used much, corrosion sets in. You may be able to access it from inside. There is possibly a rubber cover over it. If you can remove it then spray WD40 on the joint. Failing that access from underneath. I don't know whether you can attempt this yourself. If it's not that then it could be the power steering. It is quite a low mileage for such a fault. I'm not sure if this model has electric or hydraulic PAS. Someone will enlighten us.
As the car is out of warranty I would suggest you use an independent garage rather than Kia dealer.The rates should be far more reasonable.
 

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Electric power assist motor on the steering column may have worn out it's brushes. Is it intermittent?
Used Pas motors are under £100 and can be replaced with an hour or twos labour.
 
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