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Steering wheel whine & grind

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:45 am    Post subject: Question Steering wheel whine & grind Reply with quote

A couple of weeks ago on my 2000 Impala LS (3.8) I began to hear and feel whining & grinding whenever I turn especially tight low speed turns or from a parked position. My first step was to add more power steering fluid which seem to help out. Fast forward to this week it started doing the same thing and again added more fluid. This time though it did not go away completely and was still quite noticeable. Does this sound like the pump is going completely? How big of a repair is this for the backyard mechanic ? I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this.I did try doing a search for this but didn't have much luck. Any help would be appreciated. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:03 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Part of me wonders if greasing the ISS could be the problem too.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:56 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It'd throw some white lithium at the ISS before getting into any power steering work.

Out of curiousity, how much fluid was missing the first time you filled it up and then the next day?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I just refilled it again yesterday. I don't know exactly how much fluid is missing but each time I've checked it with cap/dipstick it's been bone dry so the fluid is going somewhere. It seems like I'm adding more every other day. It does seem to help and the noise does go away.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:02 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Sounds like you have a leak and the low fluid level is causing the noise. Trace down the leak and hopefully it's something relatively simple like a power steering hose.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:22 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

One of my power steering lines blew out in the Monte Carlo a few years ago and the pump ran low for about 10 miles. Even after replacing the line and topping off the fluid, the pump still makes more noise than it did before the line ruptured. To be honest, I think once the pump runs low in these cars, it's never quite the same again. It's annoying, but I don't think it's a problem unless it's failing to give you power assist.

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