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Steering is tougher to turn at low speed

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Steering is tougher to turn at low speed

Post by Volvolio » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:52 am

Hello ,

On my recently acquired Volvo XC70 2005 (225k kms) I find the steering is much tougher to turn when going to low speed. Going to mid speed and up the steering feels great. I dont hear any noise and I have not noticed any leaks.

Is this actually normal ? If not what can I verify on my wagon to make sure everything is good.

Thanks guys !

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Re: Steering is tougher to turn at low speed

Post by matthew1 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:54 am

Power steering fluid level good?
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Re: Steering is tougher to turn at low speed

Post by jimmy57 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:59 am

Another on the list: 2005 XC70 can have the electronically controlled speed sensitive steering option. That system has a default to reduced assist if it fails. The module for it (looks like a tall relay) is an item that has some failure history. The first thing to do to see if this is a possibility is to see if you have an electrical connector adjacent to where you power steering hydraulic lines attach on steering gear.

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