Its your bushings, they need to be replaced. About $200 at a shop.
check your power steering fluid
A worn-out strut will begin to make noises. In many cases the strut will make a creaking noise when turning corners.
The steering wheel in your 1996 may be hard to turn because you are low on power steering fluid. You can add some on your own and your steering wheel will not be hard to turn.
first check power steering fluid,if to low then air is inside causing noise or p.s. pump is bad.
It's loose. Find the tensioner, and adjust it.
If the car is running at idle speed while you are turning, the power steering pump has to push a lot of fluid with little power. If it sounds like a slight creaking, then it's normal. If it is a high-pitched squeal, then the serpentine belt may need to be tightened or replaced. Either way is not that big of a deal. If it is a grinding noise and you can feel a jerking motion as you turn the steering wheel, then you have a serious problem and need to take it into a mechanic.
A few things could be causing a grinding sound when turning. It could be a cv axle, ball joint, tie rod end, or bracket pin steering.
turning the steering wheel uses pressure from the power steering pump and puts a load on the engine causing it to slow the rpm. Should rise again when you stop turning the wheel. completely normal.
Power steering like all other accessories tax the 'power' of the engine; if there is a problem in the power steering causing excessive load on the engine it will loose power (more so in low horsepower engines).
power steering fluid not filled?
Notchy feel when turning the steering wheel Noise from the pump area when wheels are turned Possible stiffness when turning steering wheel.
Try turning the steering wheel whilst turning the key, most peugeots have a built in steering lock.
I have a 97 suburban and the steering randomly slips causing the truck to jerk the direction it slips because the driver will over correct the movement. The steering will slip to the right majority of the time.
Have you tried wiggling the steering column while turning the key? If that helps, you probably need to remove a portion of the plastic cover from your steering column to enable you to lube the column lock. That's the thing that keeps the steering from turning if the key is not turned on. If the column lock jams, it can prevent the key from turning.
check power steering fluid level
Possibly the CV joint. If the joint's "boot" has split, lubricant will have leaked out and will cause the components inside the joint to grind together. Take the car to your local dealer for a better insight.
Turning to the right, when going forward, you turn the steering wheel towards the right.
A whining noise present when turning the steering wheel indicates a faulty power steering pump. As the pump fails, it allows air to enter the system and a distinct whine.
There are two possibilities when it comes to a squeaking sound when turning. The main reasons are a bad power steering pump, or a steering linkage issue.
try turning your steering wheel side to side slowly as your turning key to unlock steering... it's a theftdeterrent
Check the oil level in the rear differential, drive shafts could also be bad.
water will splash on the belts [power steering, alternator, etc.], causing them to slip, as if greasy, not turning the pulleys. get new belts.
try turning your steering wheel hard either way WHILE turning the key, sometimes the steering wheel locking mechanism interferes. you wont be able to turn your steering wheel like your actually turning, just move it and it should let the key turn
Check out the bearings in the steering column and the knuckles in the steering shaft