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RACK or PUMP ?

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

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RACK or PUMP ?

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have a 94 850 that I am bringing back to life- I RN swapped it along with the RN steering pump and it was fine until this year when I started driving it, at low speeds the steering is hard- I hope it's the pump as I hate changing racks- any hints as to how to diagnose
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Re: RACK or PUMP ?

Post by scot850 »

Good to see you are still out there fixing Volvos!

Might be worth jacking the front off the ground. Put the ignition key in to I and see if you can move the front wheels when gripped at 3 and 9 o'clock. If you can't easily move then then it is probably the rack, as you should be able to move them fairly easily even without the engine running. Then carefully start the engine and see if the steering is still stiff with the wheels off the ground.

My brother had a similar issue with the 97 that went to California. In his case it was the power steering pump. Luckily for him I had a spare in the spares pile I sent with the car.

Good Luck!

Neil.
2000 V70 R - still being an endless PITA
2006 XC70
2003 Toyota 4Runner V8 Limited
2015 Kia Sportage EX-L
1993 850 GLT -Sold
1998 V70 XC - Sold
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