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Power steering problem defender td5 90 52 plate

When vehicle is stationary and turning wheel a juddering and jerking starts i have bled the steering fluid for air when driving slow it happens when turning also when going round corners it sticks and i have to pull it back every thing seems ok undernieth is it the pas box or pas pump how do i find out which bit is at fault still happens when wheels are off floor

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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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Difficult to determine but i would go for pump, as its easier, cheaper and more common a fault.


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