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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-11-2005, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Power steering whining noise?....wtf?

Hi to all!,

I have a 2000 ES w/3.2L, and currently experiencing a loud whining noise coming from the power steering. I know my fluid is up to it's proper level, and hoping it's just the power steering pump it self, rather then the rack + pinion unit!.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!.

Oh yeah you can hear and feel the steering shake while at a stop light!.

lol!, wtf now?

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does it whine all the time, or only at start up after being really cold. Syphone out some of you PS fluid, and add some Synthetic PS fluid to the system
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Couple possible reasons:

1) The built in "filter" in the power steering resoviour is clogged.

2) Power steering pump failure.

Althrough, it's not impossible for the rack to be affecting powersteering pressure either.

Best thing is to go get the powersteering pressure tested, it will pinpoint the direct cause. If this isn't an option try to empty the power steering fluid and peer down inside the top of the resivouir to see if the white plastic mesh filter is clogged. Then refill. hope this helps
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any other ideas guys?.
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I changed out the fluid in the pump tank two weeks ago.

I used a turkey baster (no jokes now) to pull the fluid out.

The nice thing about using the baster was the suction that the thing created. It really pulled a lot of crud out of the filter screen along with the fluid.

I plan on doing this one more time at the next oil change. PS fluid is cheap enough at about $2- a can.

If changing out some of the fluid/cleaning the screen doesn't improveme the 'noise' you're hearing, you're going to have to consider that the pump itself could be going bad. It's a rotating mechanical device after all.

But I'd have a look at the belt tensioner to make sure that the noise isn't coming from there. It's in the same area as the PS pump and alternator.

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I am having the exact same problem with my 95 ES. Whining noise, and more noticable at stop lights. Also vibration in steering wheel. I have changed the pump, and the hose. No change. I did not know there was a filter in there. I am going to look into this. Can the filter be changed? Or is it part of the resivoir?
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I had this problem after an engine swap-
Turned out to be air in the system--NoSh**!
FSM says to jack up the front end,and turn lock-to-lock with engine running,
2 seconds or less at the extreme points.If the fliud is foamy, let it settle and repeat..
I turned the steering with engine off and wheels up 20-25 times, Finally got all the air out!
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should I run seafoam powersteering and rack flush?, then run the valvoline atf+4 in her for the steering fluid?
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does it whine all the time, or only at start up after being really cold. Syphone out some of you PS fluid, and add some Synthetic PS fluid to the system

what is the difference between a constant whine and a whine that will go away after awhile?
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a whine that will go away after awhile, hey Iust flushed the steering system with sea foam tune up, and added vavoline atf+4 in the resivoir, shes groanin' near the rack, im going to wait alittle and see what happens with her and the cold!., damn, :(
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I have a 98ES with a 3.2, and it whines very loud for about 5 seconds in the morning once the temp got below 40 degrees. After 5 seconds, everything is normal. Does this sound like a bad pump, clogged filter, or just thick fluid?
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I had the same problem. Mine would whine for 5-10 seconds when it got really cold. I used a turkey baster to siphon some ps fluid out of the reservoir and replaced it with synthetic fluid. The whine went away almost immediately.
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I had the same problem. Mine would whine for 5-10 seconds when it got really cold. I used a turkey baster to siphon some ps fluid out of the reservoir and replaced it with synthetic fluid. The whine went away almost immediately.
thats good to know i will do that to my trep, does the same when its really cold for a couple seconds when its very cold out and you turn the wheel.
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oh yeah?, for how long?
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the '02 FSM says , at temps of 0 deg. F or colder , it's considered normal for some P/S noise for about a minute. Vibration in steering wheel at low speed or at a standstill can be caused by air in the system. To bleed it out, put the front on jack stands. Start 'er up and turn wheel left and right , lightly touching the stops for less than 2 seconds.
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