2008 Mercury Mariner difficult to turn the steering wheel

 Mercury mariner

Sometimes when I start my car and begin to drive, it is very difficult to turn the steering wheel. But after I shut the car off and turn it back on, everything seems okay. Is there a situation that I need to be aware of?

There is/was a recall number 14V284000 on this. And a software update for the power steering control module for this specific issue.

There is a chance that a faulty torque sensor is the culprit. In a worse case scenario the entire column would need to be replaced.