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2004 Grand Marquis: when I turn the steering wheel, it goes stiff and ...

When I turn the steering wheel it goes stiff and then free's up and then stiff again. Within 360 degrees it will do it 3 to 4 time in the same direction and in both directions. I've changed the oil and no difference. It started after I had it at the dealers for an unrelated problem. It was ok for a while and after the car sets for 2 to 3 days it atarts all over again. What do you think it is.

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Bad steering rack

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