Kia Optima: Power Steering - Driving Your Vehicle - Kia Optima MS/Magentis 2000-2005 Owners ManualKia Optima: Power Steering

Power steering uses energy from the engine to assist you in steering the vehicle. If the engine is off or if the power steering system becomes inoperative, the vehicle may still be steered, but it will require increased steering effort.

Should you notice any change in the effort required to steer during normal vehicle operation, have the power steering system checked by an authorized Kia dealer or another competent service center.

✽ NOTICE

If the vehicle is parked for extended periods outside in cold weather (below 14 oF (- 10 oC)), the power steering may require increased effort when the engine is first started. This is caused by increased fluid viscosity due to the cold weather and does not indicate a malfunction.

When this happens, increase the engine RPM to 1500rpm then release or let the engine idle for two or three minutes to warm up the fluid.

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