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Power steering acts like its low on fluid at an idle. Rack & pinion & pump are a year old. I have an inline filter installed. Removed filter to see if it was pluged, no difference. Plenty of fluid in the reservoir.

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Was it a reman pump and rack? You most likely have a problem with the pump again. If it is hard to steer both ways, it will be the pump. If it is hard to steer only one way, it will be the rack.

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