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Steering wheel locks up turning to the left,and after turning all the way to the right it sticks turning back to neutral.power steering pump does work and has fluid,and pump hisses when you get to points where it wants to stick.

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The rack & pinion is very worn out. The rack will tweak out of shape through the years and with 50 K miles or more they simply give out on the smaller cars quicker than the larger one do. It is because of light weight construction in compact cars

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