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I have a 2001 Forester S, 165k mileage. During the winter months over the last 2-3 years, the steering wheel won't turn easily when I first start the car. If I let it warm up for 10 minutes or so, it will turn. But if I try to drive it cold, the car almost has to be moving in order to turn the wheel. The probably was very bad 4 years ago, and I had my rack & pinion replaced. The problem came back the next year, and they replaced it again for free. Problem went away, but now it is creeping back again. I'm not sure if it is the same problem, or maybe a problem with a belt? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks..
 

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1. your pump proportioning valve may be on its way out...
2. if it is really cold, letting it run for a while is a good thing anyways.. think of if you ate 2pd steak and your body tried to push it straight out without digesting it.. yeah.. ok..
3. change your ps fluid.. get it flushed..
 

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You should not turn the wheel unless the car is moving. I would check belt tension adn condition, flush PS fluid adn have P valve checked - there are documented issues with the valve.
 
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