Steering problems

Tiny
JCONNORS
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  • 2007 VOLVO S40
  • 2.5L
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 96,000 MILES
When I make left turns the wheel catches a few degrees off center and requires a bit of force to break it free. Once free its moves perfectly fine. It doesn't catch on the way back to the center or at all when turning to the right. There is some sort of a straining sound when turning to the right but I don't believe it's the pump. Fluids are good and the pump seems strong. All other steering is perfect. Also the steering issues seem to lessen the longer I drive the vehicle. After the car warms up and has been on the road for a bit the wheel no longer seems to bind up. If it does it's very slight.
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Saturday, March 9th, 2019 AT 11:33 AM

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Tiny
JIS001
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Your vehicle is equipped with an electric steering pump so I agree the pump is not the problem. I would inspect the rack and pinion to verify nothing is bent causing it to bind up. Check for loose steering rack bolts. Also inspect the steering column shaft that attaches to the rack for binding. Check your routing of power steering lines. The bumper skin would need to be removed for inspection at the pump. If all is good I would suspect a bad steering rack
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Thursday, March 14th, 2019 AT 9:31 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for the response!
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Friday, March 15th, 2019 AT 7:32 AM
Tiny
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You are welcome. Please let us know what you find during your inspection.
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Friday, March 15th, 2019 AT 5:34 PM

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