So, after driving her car for the first time in two weeks yesterday, my wife complained of her steering being tough. I drove it to work today to get a feel for it and man, it IS really hard to turn the wheel. There's no crazy noises from the rack or pump when turning the wheel, and it's not just hard at slow speeds. It's hard ALL the time. And the wheels don't want to right themselves. Tonight, I got under the car and there's no visible leaking or damage on the rack itself. There's the all-too-typical weeping at the reservoir and the suction hose, so the fluid was just under the cold line (when it was hot), so I refilled the reservoir, and took it for a drive. It was a little better…but still really bad. I will also go ahead and order a replacement reservoir and suction hose (probably with the MY 05+ version…just gotta track down that thread). But any ideas what else could be causing that? She said it had gotten a little tough before we left town, but it was drastically more noticeable now. Do the pumps ever fail without warning/noises/etc? Could the suction valve on the reservoir be broken shut (just saw this on a video before starting this thread)? Could greasing up the u-bolt on the column make the difference (will try this tomorrow night)? I've searched and read all I could find…but couldn't find quite what I was looking for. Any help would be massively appreciated!