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I was wondering if anyone could tell me what was going on with my camry. When I drive over a puddle, the steering wheel becomes exteremly hard to turn, in either direction. This happens when I'm actually in the shallow puddle and for a brief period of time after a get out of the puddle. The steering never tightens like this in dry weather or even in the snow, only when it is a puddle of water. I checked the power steering fluid and that is fine. I don't think it is the steering column, because this only occurs when driving over a puddle. It does not occur when I drive over a wet road either. I know one solution is , "don't drive over a puddle," which is what I have been doing. But does anyone have any theories on why this might be happening??? I think it might be my tires, because I don't remember this happening before. But I'm not sure, that could just be a coincidence. Any other theories and/or solutions??
 

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In my opinion you got your belt wet, and it was slipping for some time untill it got dry.
 

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Hydroplaning? Maybe? It also could be the belt like everyone has said...
 

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So the belt gets wet every time? This wasn't an isolated event, it has happened several times. How do i prevent the belt from getting wet, or does it matter? Will it affect the engine or any components?
 

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^^ do u have all plastic guards in place?
When i had an altima and i lost my plastic guards during a curb kissing accident, my engine bay became dirty really fast.
 

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^^ do u have all plastic guards in place?
When i had an altima and i lost my plastic guards during a curb kissing accident, my engine bay became dirty really fast.
I'm not quite sure if they're all in place or not. I have hit the curb several times (I bottom out every time when I leave the college parking lot)...does anyone have pics so I could compare it with my car?
 

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More then likely your belt is glazed and needs to be replaced. If it is glazed then it will slip more when wet. Could possibly be a little loose also!

Gary
 
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