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Steering issue Hi, when I take a full turn at low speed, like in the parking lot, if I release my hands from the steering wheel my car will go in circles. The st. wheel is not even trying to return to center, it stays sticked to the full turn position. I have to pull it from that position and then it will slowly return to center. I had the 4 wheel alignment checked by volvo, also the limiters inside the steering rack were replaced, with no improvement. If I google for "steering rack limiters" I find some interesting parts, small metallic pieces in 3 different colors (white, black and blue) which are given for my car but which Volvo said are not... I'm confused. I drove several cars like mine and they all do the same. If you can figure out what is wrong with my car, please email me at: raducris@cia.com

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Your steering rack has a leaky internal seal, you will need to replace the rack and flush the system to remove any debris fro,m the failed rack.

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