Sttering on 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante

When I turn my wheel right or left without accelleration, I feel a knocking. When driving and turning, this does not happen. Could this be my power steering pump? I did a little research and I know this is a complex system. I just want to narrow it down a little before I take it in to my mechanic.

The knocking could be as simple as a loose ball joint or tie rod end. When you do take it in, have your mechanic listen WITH you in the car. Noises are sometimes the most difficult thing to diagnose. But if they can hear the same noise you hear, the job is much easier. Good Luck.
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On turns the knocking could be a constant velocity joint going bad. Check the boots protecting the joints to see if they are torn. The boot is on the axle shaft near the front wheels.