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Join Date: Aug 2004
First - welcome to Alfa ownership and AO. Difficult to say without driving the car, but it doesn't sound right unless the car has a very slow tickover speed at the time the steering gets heavier. The power steering pumps are pretty reliable, generally speaking, so I wouldn't jump to point the finger at that. It could be worth changing the fluid, but I'm not convinced......
So, not much help, so far...I assume you've ruled out the belt slipping when its under load? - which will be greatest at slower speeds with larger steering angles.
I'll await other thoughts.
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