Kia Soul: Electric power steering (EPS) - Steering wheel - Features of your vehicle - Kia Soul 2009-2013 AM Owner ManualKia Soul: Electric power steering (EPS)

First generation AM (20102013) / Kia Soul 2009-2013 AM Owner Manual / Features of your vehicle / Steering wheel / Electric power steering (EPS)

The power steering uses a motor 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.

The motor driven power steering is controlled by a power steering control unit which senses the steering wheel torque and vehicle speed to command the motor.

The steering becomes heavier as the vehicles speed increases and becomes lighter as the vehicles speed decreases for optimum steering control.

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

✽ NOTICE

The following symptoms may occur during normal vehicle operation:

  • The steering effort is high immediately after turning the ignition switch on. This happens as the system performs the EPS system diagnostics. When the diagnostics is completed, the steering wheel will return to its normal condition.
  • A click noise may be heard from the EPS relay after the ignition switch is turned to the ON or LOCK position.
  • Motor noise may be heard when the vehicle is at a stop or at a low driving speed.
  • The steering effort increases if the steering wheel is rotated continuously when the vehicle is not in motion. However, after a few minutes, it will return to its normal conditions.
  • When you operate the steering wheel in low temperature, abnormal noise could occur. If temperature rises, the noise will disappear. This is a normal condition.
  • When the vehicle is stationary, if you turn the steering wheel all the way to the left or right continuously, the steering wheel becomes heavier from the end. But this is for your safety, not system malfunction. As time passes, the steering wheel return to its normal condition.

If the Electric Power Steering System does not operate normally, the warning light will illuminate on the instrument cluster. The steering wheel may become difficult to control or operate abnormally. Take your vehicle to an authorized Kia dealer and have the vehicle checked as soon as possible.

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