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What has to be done is to have the under carriage inspected for any bent tie rods or control arm faults.Most likely these are o.k. since this occurred suddenly with no reason.
If these are o.k. you are correct,if this was the pump both left and right would be affected and since it is only left this indicates a mechanical fault with the rack and pinion steering gear.There are internal mechanical components that can break like worm gears or internal gears and cause this issue.I have had to replace the rack and pinion before in the past for this issue here.
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