Thumping noise in steering on 1999 Dodge Intrepid

I have a 99 dodge intrepid with a thumping noise in the steering. This noise only occurs when you are pulling out of a parking spot and are only moving the car with idle speed. It makes a loud thumping noise when the steering wheel is turned. The power steering pump is also very loud at start up and at idle. When I drive the car at high speeds the steering doesn't make the thumping noise. I'm wondering if this sound is in the rack or something else. Any suggestions would be great on a solution. One other thing, while driving the steering wheel is very slow after making a turn meaning it doesn't turn back to main position without my help. Thanks

by in Marquette, MI on January 10, 2010
1 answer
ANSWER by on January 12, 2010
Sounds like the Steering Rack is failing, but should have this diagnosed by a trained tech as not to do unnecessary repairs