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When turning it's very resistant and then when it catches, it seems to over compensate. Had outer tire rods replaced but did not correct problem. any idea?

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THIS PROBLEM IS CAUSED BY A DEFECTIVE STEERING RACK AND PINION UNIT, REPLACE THE RACK AND PINION AND FLUSH THE SYSTEM UNTIL THE POWER STEERING FLUID IS CLEAR, WARNING!! FAILURE TO FLUSH THE SYSTEM CLEAN OF DEBRIS WILL RESULT IN ANOTHER WASTED STEERING RACK AND PINION UNIT..

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