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Posted: 04 March 2006 at 13:01 | IP Logged Quote Baymu

Right, some old biddy decided to try and do a U turn the road in front of me just as i was coming around the bend.

Slammed on brakes, and missed her, but since then i have been left with a whiry noise whenever i turn the steering wheel, its similar to that when you are manovering and have the wheels on full lock.

So i'm assuming its a power steering issue. When things get cold i'll check the fluid level. Is there any problem with topping this up if it is low or should i really try and drain it first?

What sort of oil should i be using?

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Posted: 04 March 2006 at 13:07 | IP Logged Quote joe1982

You might have a leak in the power sterring cooling pipes under the radiator I had the same problem cheap to fix and it is easy DIY work. Not to sure what oil it is I always used auto transmission oil it said it done power sterring too and it seems to be fine.

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Posted: 04 March 2006 at 16:32 | IP Logged Quote da tony b

you dont check steering fluid cold .ya check it with engine running and warm

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Posted: 05 March 2006 at 00:01 | IP Logged Quote alfatechnician

The correct grade of fluid is automatic transmision fluid(ATF) or more commonly known as DEXRON II.


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Posted: 05 March 2006 at 15:37 | IP Logged Quote Baymu

No leaks, and level seeps to be ok.. smelt a bit though!

Noise seems to be decreasing... should i put it down as a random gremlin?
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Posted: 05 March 2006 at 16:43 | IP Logged Quote TazzyK

You could try bleeding the system.....

I think you have to start the car, take the cap off the power steering reservoir and then turn the steering slowly from lock-to-lock a few times...

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Baymu wrote:
Is there any problem with topping this up if it is low or should i really try and drain it first?


Power steering fluid should be a cherry red colour. If it's really black, you could try draining and refilling the system.

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Posted: 06 March 2006 at 16:46 | IP Logged Quote Baymu

right so a change in the fluid is probably in order...

i will obviously need an able assistant and a suspiciously large syringe.....

easily get both off e-bay! lol
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Ive just had the same problem you had when I was testing my abs, slamming on the brakes to test it then coming to a stop there was a wierey noise coming from the front of the car that sounded like the power steering pump when on full lock, then there was a swishing noise that sounded like water swishing about from behind the dash, could only hear this swishing noise when I tried it in early hours of the morning when it quiet with no traffic noise about. The power steering stays noisy afterwards for a while the swishing noise goes after a few secs. Also what ive noticed about mine is when im at a t junction and I start to turn the wheel to move out and my mate says “no not that way the other way” so I have to turn the wheel the other way quickly to go in the other direction, the steering is heavy and theres like a delay in the speed that the front wheels turn compared to the steering wheel if you know what I mean. Any of that happen to any one?    
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Posted: 22 March 2006 at 07:51 | IP Logged Quote Infinity

I found that looking at the fluid level from the front shows it to be at the correct level. BUT look from the left side of the car and you can see a noticable difference in levels. That was my problem. Topped it up and bled it (cap off lock to lock slowly). No more noise. Also make sure your tyre pressures are right. Soft tyres are harder to turn for the power steering especially when doing parking manouvres.

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Posted: 22 March 2006 at 16:32 | IP Logged Quote Troublesome

sorry guys but i'm still green at this, but where do i find the power steering fluid?   
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Posted: 22 March 2006 at 16:46 | IP Logged Quote Nayab

Troublesome wrote:
sorry guys but i'm still green at this, but where do i find the power steering fluid?   


Black reservoir with a red cap. Cap will have a picture of a steering wheel on it.

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