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Steering does not roll back after a turn, I have to make the effort to turn back the steering wheel

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Something is siezed up in your front suspension, ball joints on the tie rods or wishbones or a problem with the struts. That or your tyres are badly under inflated. It is best to have the front end checked by a fitment center etc as they will have to redo the alignment anyway.

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