Steers Hard in Cold Weather

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

Dear Bob,
I have a 1985 Olds 98 Regency. My problem is that whenever the car starts cold, it is hard to steer (either to the left or the right). It can still be turned with force; just the power assistance doesn't seem to kick in. After 1-2 minutes warming up, things come back to normal. I know the problem has something to do with the power steering, but not sure that it is one of the following and how do I pinpoint it

Your car has a common case of cold morning blues. The actual problem lies within the steering rack. The valves are getting stuck, I believe, in the open position. It is common on older GM models. The only known cure, replace the rack. This is something that the back yard mechanic can undertake. Just remember to flush the new rack before installing the return line to the pump!
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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