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Hard steering I have a 2008 Volvo xc90 v8 and the steering is good to start out but a few miles down the road it gets tough and at lower idle the steering is tough and the pump groans. I would have already replaced pump but it steering fine at times. So I am wondering about the variable assist and is that something that could cause this due to the fact the pump must be working some of the time?

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The pump may not be working as and is now under stress caused sometimes by the power steering pipes braking down on the inside of the pipe. You will have to replace the pump and check the pipes from the power steering pump.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014

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Hi verlin
the problem that you have is the power steering fluid, the pump pressure goes down as the fluid gets hot this will cause the steering to get tough, I advise you to change the power steering fluid, make sure not to use ATF type, the recommended fluid type for your Volvo is PENTOSIN CHF11S. check your owner manual.
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You should investigate the rack and pinion. If you know that your pump is working there is a very, very good chance your rack and pinion are faulty.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014

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SOURCE: 2005 GMC ENVOY 4.2L VIBRATION PROBLEM AT IDLE AND START UP OR ANY TIME NO ACCELERATING

Hello! This is a known problem that is addressed by the following Technical Service Bulletin...Guru...saailer

Subject:Steering System Moan, Groan, Shudder and/or Vibration Type Noise During Low Speed Turning Maneuvers (Replace Steering Gear) #04-02-32-007A - (12/01/2004) Models:2004-2005 Buick Rainier
2003-2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, TrailBlazer EXT
2003-2005 GMC Envoy, Envoy XL
2004-2005 GMC Envoy XUV
2003-2004 Oldsmobile Bravada
Short Wheelbase Utilities Built Prior to VIN Breakpoint 52123375
Long Wheelbase Utilities Built Prior to VIN Breakpoint 56137280
This bulletin is being revised to remove the 2002 model year and add the long wheelbase utilities. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 04-02-32-007 (Section 02 -- Steering).

ConditionSome customers may comment on a moan, groan, shudder and/or vibration noise while making low speed turning maneuvers. Customers usually notice this condition in parking lot turning maneuvers.
Correction

  1. Diagnose the power steering concern. Refer to Symptoms - Power Steering System (SI Document ID #670351).
  2. Replace the steering gear with a newly designed steering gear. See the parts information below. Refer to Power Steering Gear Replacement (SI Document ID #742314).
Parts Information

Part Number

Description

Qty
88965356
Gear Kit, Steering
(Short Wheelbase Utilities)
1
88967181
Gear Kit, Steering
(Long Wheelbase Utilities)
1
Warranty InformationFor vehicles repaired under warranty, use:

Labor Operation

Description

Labor Time
E9740
Gear Assembly, Power Steering - Replace
Use published labor operation time
E2000
Toe, Front - Adjust

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