Is the engine stalling? As far as the steering being stiff your belt could be slipping or not be holding enough tension. Which wouldnt drive the pulley as well making it stiff.
Can you give us more description on what happens, when it started, and how many miles are on the car.
2004/2005 Ford Focus Saleen
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