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    Power Steering problem

    I was wondering if anyone could help me. I was driving and just cruising home one day. I wasnt going fast or driving hard, but i had to turn out of a driveway and as i turned the wheel, it made a loud whinning noise. The steering seems to have a lack in response time and it odesnt feel smooth when turning left to right. It feels somewhat jolty and noisy. Im hoping that this is covered under my warranty. Power steering fluid levels seem ok. If anyone can add any input that'd be great. Thanks

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    Could your belt be loose? That would cause a lack of power delivery to the power steering system and would cause a squealing sound. Maybe your tensioner is bad?
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    Re: Power Steering problem

    Originally posted by crzycujo
    Im hoping that this is covered under my warranty.
    I don't see why not on an unmodded car within the warranty mileage. Take it in. It could be a pump problem -- belts tend to make wild animal noises when they're loose, while pumps tend to whine if they're unhappy. Have a dealer check it, it'll save you trouble and worries.
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    Post Power Steering problem ... please advice

    Quote Originally Posted by crzycujo View Post
    I was wondering if anyone could help me. I was driving and just cruising home one day. I wasnt going fast or driving hard, but i had to turn out of a driveway and as i turned the wheel, it made a loud whinning noise. The steering seems to have a lack in response time and it odesnt feel smooth when turning left to right. It feels somewhat jolty and noisy. Im hoping that this is covered under my warranty. Power steering fluid levels seem ok. If anyone can add any input that'd be great. Thanks


    This is happening to me too ...
    On start up the pumps whine loudly when I turn the steering and quiets out as the car heats up ...
    Also the steering seems to have a lack in response time and it doesn't feel smooth when turning left to right. It feels somewhat jolty the suddenly gives to smooth and typically at higher speeds...


    Now I recently changed out my steering rack pinion seal...and hence the fluid...but this problem did not occur prior to these repairs. So it must be something as a result of the changes causing this behavior...not so ?

    What can be causing this?

    one explanation was the belt tensioner
    another...the pwr steering fluid is the wrong kind
    three...the active steering control fluid solenoid adjustment in the ECU is bad.

    What do the experts have to say about this?
    Help please please!


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    If it happens worse when the car is cold I would lean towards belt/tensioner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bounce View Post
    Start your touble shooting.

    1. If it's under warranty and unmodded, then take it in and let them earn the money you paid them when you bought the car.

    2. If it's not under warranty or you goofed and voided your warranty, start checking from the easiest thing to the hardest. Fluid level first. Belts and tensioners are next. Flush and replace fluid with known-good third. Move on from there.

    A common problem for early DIYers is to think the worst and try to tackle a problem from the woste-case side only to learn, as they go, that the problem was something easier (and cheaper) to fix.

    rotorocker If it happens worse when the car is cold I would lean towards belt/tensioner.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bounce View Post


    Many thanks for that useful info guys...I will be sure to check these things first because as u guessed it I already heard awful scary stories of a new pump etc etc...

    Ok so;

    My situation is this,

    my warantee is void its a used car I bought

    The fluid levels are normal but dig this ... its two different fluids Dexron III and Tranny fluid my mech topped up with after changing out the pinion seal
    ...maybe that has something to do with it??? Any inputs?

    I need to check the tensioner

    And question what brand of fluid to use and how do I drain the mixed fluids in it now and replace with new fluids???

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    Recently when I've been driving my '05 WRX the steering wheel will become difficult to turn for a moment or two and then return to normal. I can still turn the wheel but it feels almost as though the "power" in power steering has stopped. It happens at different speeds and usually when the wheel is turned 30-90 degrees to the left or right. It doesn't feel like the added resistance is from anything sticky or that it's catching on something. It's just that the ease with which you can usually turn a wheel doesn't cut it.

    Does this sound like I'm running low on fluid or would it be a more complex problem?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treborcd View Post
    Does this sound like I'm running low on fluid or would it be a more complex problem?
    These types of issues could come from one of three places:
    1. Low power steering fluid
    2. Loose power steering belt
    3. Bad power steering pump

    You can check the first two things yourself. If those are ok, then the pump is bad.

    In the future, just a suggestion, start your own thread instead of continuing a thread from a separate user.
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