Went to mechanic a month ago and need sway bars and new brakes. The last two days it's been very difficult to steer when turning but my tires are fine and I just replace power steering fluid but I'm still having difficulties. Any ideas what could be wrong? 2001 Lexus es300

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    Is there any noise (whine) when turning the wheel? This would be most noticeable at lower speeds. Jun 17, 2016 at 9:39
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    "I just replace power steering fluid"...do you mean you filled a low reservoir? Or did you actually drain and replaced the fluid?
    – CharlieRB
    Jun 17, 2016 at 17:36

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Check the belts on the front of the engine. It's likely you have a slipping power steering or accessory belt. The belt could have stretched, or the tensioner could have failed. Replacing a belt is usually pretty straightforward, replacing the tensioner is a little more involved. If the belt seems loose, you may be able to tighten it using a tensioner (possibly part of the power steering pump assembly, or a simple external pulley). I'd check YouTube for videos first, then possibly see if you can find a repair manual for your car if the videos don't help.

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