03-28-2011, 01:19 PM
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Rubbing/straining noise when turning steering wheel..
Hey every one, I'm new to this forum, and this is also my first car/Toyota.. That said, I've tried searching the forums before posting, and I could not find anything relating to the problems I'm having.
It's a 200 Echo, stock, 4-door, 5-speed.
As of yesterday, when driving (even when parked), when the steering wheel is turned in any amount, it sounds like there's this rubbing/straining sound coming out of it.
It's not specific to one side (sounds like it's coming from the middle of the vehicle).
The car drives normally (so far, haven't driven it much since it started). The steering feels normal (in terms of the power steering), it's not sluggish or hard to turn.
I've been told it could be a number of things, like the power steering pump, tie-rods and/or ball joints.
I am not very car-knowledgeable, I know the basics but that's it. I don't have the space/tools to fix it myself, nor do I have the cash to put into fixing it yet. I'm the 2nd owner, and the car ran great until this happened (even still it drives normally).
Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Anything that can help prevent me from pulling any more hair out.