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Intermittent steering problem

I've owned my late 2008 brera for a couple of months now and couldn't be happier but for a small issue I've noticed in recent weeks.

Whenever I take it on the dual carriageway or motorway, as I accelerate through 60mph I get an odd 'rumble' in the steering wheel. It's hard to explain it, it's not the car shaking or anything, just the steering wheel. I am able to hold the wheel still (with a bit of force admittedly) but the car still keeps in a straight line if I don't have a firm grip.
The wierdest thing about this problem is that after a minute or so the rumbling stops and the car behaves as you'd expect as if nothing was wrong.
Even if when I have to slow down to 30mph and then accelerate back up again, the rumbling doesn't return in the same journey.

Does anyone have any ideas what this may be because I'm stumped??

Just fyi: I mostly use the car only in the town, I'm only at motorway speeds once a fortnight if that!
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Steering component problems are common.

Warn track rod end and failure of the PAS fluid
reservoir return/check valve are 2 examples
and a good place to start.

Plenty of threads on these.

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Vibration on the steering wheel at specific speeds is usually related to wheel balance. Start with the simple stuff and go get all 4 wheels balanced. You would not see that issue under 50mph.
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I would still check the wheel balance, you can't always feel it through the car, and it's a lot easier to check than many of the other options.
As always start with the cheapest, easiest and most logical first.

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Finally managed to diagnose this one, turns out that my front drivers side brake has been sticking. Calipers is beyond a full repair unfortunately so will need to be replaced :/
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