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1996 Volvo 960 power steering not smooth

My 1996 Volvo 960 Wagon steering rack does not hold a turn smoothly. It feels like the power boost is cutting in and out, so that it is hard to maintain a smooth turning radius. Also, when I change from coast throttle to acceleration, the increased steering pump pressure ''pushes'' the steering wheel to the left suddenly. It feels something like a boost valve is either sticking, then releasing, or like clots of something or filings are going through the valve mechanism or a metering orifice. The fluid in the pump reservoir looks reasonably clean, with no filings in evidence.
Does anyone have any direct experience with this problem on other Volvos? Is flushing the system likely to help or cure it, or must the rack be dismantled?

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Flushing is recommended. Have a look at the upper and lower couplings at the steering rod just before the steering rack which could be jammed.

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