C5 Sticky steering
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    Default C5 Sticky steering

    I wonder whether anyone else has noticed this problem. I purchased a 2010/11 C5 6 months ago. Has now done 46,000 kms and runs beautifully apart from one curious occasional problem. The steering is normally very light and pleasant. However, periodically it it gets what I can only describe as a "stickiness", particularly (but not solely) on long runs. It's a bit hard to describe, but I suddenly find the steering needs quite a little more effort to make small corrections, and won't self centre naturally. As I say, the feeling is one of "stickiness" in some part of the steering.
    I drove from Margaret River to Perth and back today (nearly 600 kms), and all was well until I got close to Perth on the way up when this stickiness appeared. It was apparent most of the time when I was driving around Perth, and the wheel seemed to need more effort when doing things like parking. It's not really a massive problem, just annoying. On the way back home I suddenly became aware that the stickiness had gone, and the wheel once more only needed occasional light touches. It comes and goes driving around the area where I live as well.

    I'm not sure how the C5's steering is powered. Is it an electrical system?

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    Grateful for any thoughts on the matter.

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    Our 2013 Mazda 6 that has an electric power steering set up. When doing a lot of tight manoeuvring i's like it runs out of power on occasion.

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    It has a pump driven by an electric motor with ECU in the RHF corner. You could check connections, earths, leakage, but it sounds like a job for the dealer job before the warranty runs out.

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    It is, in fact, out of warranty. It can probably wait for the next service, as the fault seems intermittent, and is only irritating on the open road. But I'll see if I can find the pump motor and check the connections. The best way I can describe the feeling is that it feels as if the bushes (assuming there are some) have run dry in the steering column shaft, and need a squirt of WD40 or something, but I am not suggesting that's what it is. And upon reflection I don't think it can be the connections, because the power assistance always works, but is sometimes just a little heavier when manoeuvring when the fault kicks in. And then after a bit, it gets ok.

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    Sounds electrical in some way to me. No idea beyond that.

    Do you have good relations with a dealer? Just ring them up and ask. Or ask Corrado at Eurocare?
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