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Power Steering problem when stationary or going slow Defender 90

Defender td5 52 plate When turning the wheel there is a jerking and juddering even when wheels are off floor when going round corners it will stick and have to pull it back i have bled steering fluid for air every thing seems ok under nieth ...belt seems ok and not slipping is it the pas box or pas pump how can i rule one out with out having to go to the expence of buying the wrong bit ..urgent advise needed asap
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Difficult to determine but i would go for pump, as its easier, cheaper and more common a fault.

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