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The steering on my XC90 is ... odd. In cold weather at start…

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The steering on my...

The steering on my XC90 is ... odd. In cold weather at start of day the steering is kinda stuck dead centre and I have to "break" the hold, after which steering is ok. It feels heavy sometimes, like a flat tyre, but not always. If I rev engine to 2000rpm I can turn side to side with 1 finger no problem. It had a new rack about a year ago.

Mechanic's Assistant: When it comes to this particular vehicle, have flat tires been a problem in the past?

Nope, no tyre issues. its 170,000 miles, and service light has just pinged on. I'm guessing the auxiliary belt needs changing?

Mechanic's Assistant: What year is your XC90?

2004 (54 plate, UK)

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your XC90 yourself? What have you tried so far?

Nope, just googling.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Nothing I can think of

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: UK Car
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UK Auto Mechanic: Pete, Mechanic replied 7 months ago
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I just did a pump and reservior on a07 xc90 for the same problem. By revving the engine the pump is building more pressure to compensate for wear. I have had no luck with rebuilt pumps for these suv's. If you dont use a new one from volvo, you might get lucky with a good used one. One other thing you might try first is to change the fluid I use pentosin 11s. Check the reservior for dirt and debris. There is a screen built into the bottom of the reservior if it dirty it should be replaced.

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UK Auto Mechanic: Pete, Mechanic replied 7 months ago

thank you

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