I got my power steering pump and rack and pinion replaced as per my mechanic's recommendation.
First pump was returned because it failed right away. The reman shop said they found dirt inside when they disassembled it upon receiving.)
Second pump went in and worked much better right off the bat... However,
Now there's no groaning or squealing noise coming from the steering but the power steering is much stiffer compared to before the repair.
Also, it doesn't seem to self-center when I let go of the steering wheel...?
The system to my knowledge was bled properly and fluid topped off but what would cause it to malfunction like this?
(The severity of the stiffness is such that when parallel parking, it almost feels like the steering pump is pushing the wheel back.)
Could I have a faulty rack and pinion?
Is it case of more dirt in the power steering pump?
Has anyone lived through this type of ordeal and can share with me their story?